At least 10 dead as wildfires ravage California’s wine country: Thousands flee their homes as blaze continues to spread and leaves an eerie orange glow over Disneyland

Tuesday, October 10, 2017
By Paul Martin

The flames have been burning at explosive rates because of 50mph winds, officials say
Thousands have fled from their homes and 1,500 homes and businesses wee destroyed as of Monday night
Smoke and ash from an Anahiem Hills brush fire turned the sky ‘pumpkin orange’ over Disneyland
So far, 10 people have been killed and 100 have been injured from the blaze that began on Sunday
Fourteen large fires were burning, spread over a 200-mile region from Napa to Redding, burning 57,000 acres
A fire chief said that nearly every one of Sonoma County’s fire resources is being used, but it just isn’t enough
Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties

By Mary Kekatos and Kayla Brantley
10 October 2017

Wildfires whipped by powerful winds swept through California wine country Monday, killing at least 10 people, destroying 1,500 homes and businesses and sending thousands fleeing as flames raged unchecked through high-end resorts, grocery stores and tree-lined neighborhoods.

The flames were burning ‘at explosive rates’ because of 50 mph winds, said Ken Pimlott, director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Fourteen large fires were burning, spread over a 200-mile region north of San Francisco from Napa in the south to Redding in the north. Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties.

Meanwhile, smoke and ash from a brush fire in Anaheim Hills, where some residents were ordered to evacuate as winds spread a dangerous brush fire, turned the sky into a ‘pumpkin orange’, sending an eerie glow above Disneyland in Anaheim.

It was unusual to have so many fires take off at the same time, fire officials said, though October has generally been the most destructive time of year for California wildfires.

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