Curfew Enforced As Looters Ransack Homes In Sonoma County; Death Toll In NorCal Fires Climbs To 11

Tuesday, October 10, 2017
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Oct 10, 2017

As Santa Rosa residents scramble to flee the path of no fewer than 15 major wildfires raging across eight Northern California counties, police in the Sonoma county seat have instituted a sunrise-to-sunset curfew as they crack down on unscrupulous looters who’ve been raiding abandoned homes.

State officials said that 11 people have been confirmed dead. And in a sign that the toll could rise substantially, emergency responders in Sonoma County say they’ve fielded 100 calls from residents reporting missing family members. Meanwhile, more than 100 people were being treated at Napa- and Sonoma-area hospitals for fire-related injuries or health issues, including burns, smoke inhalation and shortness of breath.

Amy Hollyfield, a reporter with a local ABC News affiliate, said she’s spoken with several area residents who say their homes were broken into and robbed after nearby flames forced them to evacuate.

Some individuals are even voluntarily guarding their neighborhoods from looters. The LA Times reports that one off duty detective in Santa Rosa has been waiting on his lawn with his sheriff’s badge hanging around his neck.

Troy Newton first helped warn his neighbors to flee after spotting a “red snake of fire” near his middle class neighborhood.

After sundown Monday, Newton was lying on his side on the lawn outside his home, his sheriff’s badge dangling from a lanyard around his neck.

By then, he’d taken on a new responsibility: guarding his evacuated neighborhood from looters and vandals.

“After 25 years as a cop, I know that there are going to be people coming in here to rob our homes,” he said. “So I’m gonna sit right here until morning.”

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