California Fires – Deaths Mount as Inferno Rages
At least 15 fires are raging across California at this writing, leaving death and destruction in their wake. The death toll has risen to over 11, with 1,500 structures burned, and is expected to rise further. People have lost homes, businesses, and animals. As of this morning, over 86,000 acres have been burned. Officials had to focus on evacuating people rather than saving structures because of the speed at which the fires developed.
Officials brought in a 747 jumbo jet to drop nearly 20,000 gallons of flame retardant on the fires that have burned nearly out of control since Saturday night. The Spirit of John Muir is the largest firefighting jet in the world, according to CNET.
At least 100 people so far have been treated for fire-related injuries, and at least 100 people are missing.
Santa Rosa’s Coffee Park neighborhood was completely destroyed as flames ripped through, leaving little time for evacuation. The city lost a K-mart, and untold numbers of businesses, homes, and forced 200 patients at two city hospitals to evacuate.
The Tubbs Fire in Napa County is 0% contained at this time after burning 27,000 acres, and over 500 homes. Napa Valley Wine country has a $1 Billion per year industry that is threatened by the inferno. At least two wineries have been destroyed and others damaged.
Fires destroy at least 2 California wineries, damage others https://t.co/3s7VlUJsVN
— Canadian Foodies (@CanadianFoodies) October 10, 2017
The fire exploded through the regions with 50 mph winds, gobbling up everything in their path. The excessively dry conditions fueled major fires in 8 counties. Even Orange County to the south has a major fire burning that has forced 1000 residents to flee.
The fires sweeping CA are devastating — my thoughts are with all those affected. Take care of one another & be safe. https://t.co/U9ByLQIcS2
— Tom Perez (@TomPerez) October 10, 2017
— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) October 10, 2017
To those who have not been in the path of this type of wildfire, these wicked fires are California’s cat 5 hurricanes. One exception, when they explode in our neighborhoods there is 0 warning. #napafires we are crying with you.
— Margaret (@Margaretscully8) October 9, 2017
Prayers going out to those in the path of these fires 🙏
California wildfires force evacuations pic.twitter.com/g7Ur8V9ylX
— 🇺🇸Patriot 24/7🇺🇸 (@TrumpTrain45Pac) October 9, 2017
Death toll in California wine country fires jumps to 10 https://t.co/sZQRilBsO1
— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) October 9, 2017
— Al Boe BREAKING NEWS (@AlBoeNEWS) October 9, 2017
— SFGate (@SFGate) October 9, 2017
— CBS News (@CBSNews) October 9, 2017
• 15 active fires
• 11 dead
• 100+ missing
• 119,000 acres burnedpic.twitter.com/PW5ObXIKQx
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) October 10, 2017
Wildfires are getting worse. Devastation and death sweeping California right now. https://t.co/GZZGzU1CFE
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) October 10, 2017
Our ❤️are with those in California affected by the wildfires. We hope you are staying safe. https://t.co/ENug60faSR
— ITS (@thespians1) October 10, 2017
— Frank Líma (@LimaDvp10IAFF) October 10, 2017
According to ABC, one family reported looting at their home in the midst of the fire.
— ABC 7 Chicago (@ABC7Chicago) October 10, 2017