California wildfires MAP: ‘Fires spreading faster than firefighters can run’

Thursday, October 12, 2017
By Paul Martin

CALIFORNIA wildfires are still burning across huge parts of the state as exhausted emergency crews struggle to keep the blazes under control.

Thu, Oct 12, 2017

Latest official figures show 22 active fires across California which have so far killed at least 23 people.

More than 170,000 acres have been turned to ash since the fires started on Sunday, with areas in the north of the state worst affected.

Many of the blazes around Napa, Santa Rosa and Sonoma counties are burning almost completely unchecked, with small fires constantly starting as embers are carried by strong winds on to dry ground.

Officials have today ordered residents to evacuate previously unaffected neighbourhoods in Solano County, which borders Napa County.

A handful of fires are also burning in southern California, though they are smaller and crews are having more success in containing them.

Ken Pimlott, chief of California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) told The New York Times: “These fires are literally just burning faster than firefighters can run.

“We are attacking many, many new fires that we put out while they are still small.”

Meteorologists warned yesterday dry, windy conditions in the coming days are likely to fan the flames and spread even more small fires.

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