California fires MAPPED: Evacuations widen as wildfires spread 190,000 acres – 31 dead

Friday, October 13, 2017
By Paul Martin

WILDFIRES raging through California have burned through more than 190,000 acres of land, leaving at least 31 people dead.

Fri, Oct 13, 2017

Californian firefighters are preparing to battle even more blazes today, with dry, windy weather set to create “critical fire weather conditions” contributing to “extreme fire behaviour”.

With winds of up to 60mph and humidity of just 10 per cent forecast, a force of 8,000 firefighters is working to reinforce and extend buffer lines.

More than 5,000 residents have been ordered to evacuate the town of Calistoga, Napa Valley, which is facing one of the biggest threats.

More than 20 wildfires have ravaged eight counties including Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino.

The fires have already scorched an area of more than 190,000 acres – almost the size of New York City – leaving at least 31 people dead and hundreds more are missing.

The death toll is expected to rise, with more than 400 still missing in Sonoma County alone.

Sonoma accounted for 17 fatalities – all from the Tubbs fire, which now ranks as California’s deadliest since 2013.

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