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Over 8,000 firefighters are fighting 21 wildfires that have burned 191,437 acres in California. Most of the fires are in northern California and Napa Valley. A red flag warning is in effect due to increased fire danger. Gusty northern winds and low humidity exist across the fire area, increasing the risk for new fires and hindering firefighting efforts to contain them, the Calfire summary said Thursday morning.
Thousands have fled their homes or were ordered to evacuate, the LA Times reported.
The massive blazes in northern California left some wineries and vineyards in ruins. A new large wildfire broke out in Fresno County. The death toll has risen to 23 from across 4 fires. Calfire estimates 3,500 homes and other structures have been destroyed. Firefighters also are battling blazes in southern California near Anaheim.
A Santa Rosa, California homeowner sees what’s left of his house. The McCain Inmate Crew from San Diego clears brush along a road. Photos courtesy: Robyn Beck/Getty Images and Ben Margot/AP.
Manpower is stretched in fighting and containing the wildfires.
“Hundreds of additional fire engines and firefighters have been requested from other states, not only to help relieve crews on the frontlines, but to be ready for the possibility of new wildfires that may ignite during the Red Flag Warnings,” the Calfire summary stated around noon today.