10 dead as Wine Country fires burn at least 1,500 structures, force evacuations

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October 10, 2017

Forest-FireA swarm of fires supercharged by powerful winds ripped through Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties Monday, killing at least 10 people, injuring dozens of others, destroying more than 1,500 homes and businesses, and turning prominent wineries to ash.

Starting in the middle of the night, the fires hopscotched across neighborhoods, raced across fields and jumped freeways. Wind gusts up to 70 mph pushed walls of flames nearly 100 feet high, throwing embers ahead like hot fingers into strip malls and subdivisions. Many people who fled the surge had enough time to grab car keys, perhaps a pet, but not much more.

And some didn’t get out. Sonoma County sheriff’s officials said seven people had died in that county. Two people died in a blaze in Napa, state fire officials said. A 10th person was killed in Mendocino County.

Facing one of the most damaging series of blazes in modern California history — fires that left thousands of evacuees in scores of emergency shelters and parts of the wine industry potentially crippled — Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for Napa and Sonoma counties as well as fire-struck Yuba County. The move will make it easier for local and state officials to secure government aid.Fore

  • dennis w

    WHAT’S GOOD OLE MOONBEAM’S SANCTUARY STATE GOING TO DO…..
    WOE IS ME, JERRY …….
    SO MUCH FOR A MAJOR REVENUE SOURCE IN WINE COUNTRY……
    TOO BAD THEY DIDN’T BURN SILICONE VALLEY, TOO…….

    • ourzoo10

      Sorry to hear he is planning to ask for federal help (Trump needs to put a cap on that) and I am from CA. Fairy Brown needs to stop throwing money down the Gopher Train and Tunnels HOLES and start helping the ppl in the state. Show he has some brains in that bald, ugly head of his.

  • Rodney Steward

    This is so awful to watch them lose everything! I still believe some of this is an act of terrorist, it was reported the fires popped up everywhere!

    • dennis w

      NOT A DOUBT IN MY ESTIMATION EITHER……
      MOST MORE LIKELY THAN NOT………
      THINGS LIKE THIS DON’T ‘JUST HAPPEN’…….

      • Rodney Steward

        I believe this has been happening for a long time, it burns all the time, and this time it hit the money place! I guess California is paying for it’s corruption toward America!!!

        • ourzoo10

          No, California is paying for the larger than life Marijuana market and all of the ppl that were let out of the asylums….We also have idiots that want to be fire fighters, so they start some, hoping to get a job.

          • Rodney Steward

            Please tell me you’re kidding!!! I know that place is full of idiots, but someone’s got to morals!!!!

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  • PatriotGal

    How awful. So sorry for what those people are suffering.

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