California wildfire update - death toll rises 10/12/2017

The latest now on those devastating and deadly wildfires in California with 22 fires burning across the state.  At least 23 people are now confirmed dead, hundreds still missing and at least 3500 structures damaged or destroyed.  

The disaster in California now being called the worst case scenario.  Chief Ken Pimlott, Director of Cal Fire says, "these fires are just literally burning faster than firefighters can run".   

The deadly inferno tearing across California wine country for the fourth day in a row, scorching nearly 200,000 acres and forcing town after town to evacuate.  Police in Calistoga going from door to door, ordering all 5,000 residents to get out.  

Chris Canning, Mayor of Calistoga, says, "this is a mandatory evacuation. Your presence in Calistoga is not welcomed if you are not a first responder. Your choice to stay is a distraction to our first responders."

In Santa Rosa, the fire sweeping across town is shown in a video shared by Travis Hann, showing what some residents were up against trying to get to safety.  

Overnight, ash raining down on thousands of firefighters from five states now on the ground, battling the flames around the clock.  With the governor declaring a state of emergency for Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties in Northern California.  

The devastation is everywhere you look... cars and homes just burned to the ground and with more wind and dry air in the forecast for today, authorities say the danger isn't over yet.

 

 

--Elizabeth Hur


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