Northern California is devastated by wildfires

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Northern California is devastated by wildfires

The entire town of Calistoga, a Napa Valley community of some 5,000 residents spared from advancing flames the first night of the fire, was ordered to evacuate on Wednesday evening, as the county sheriff's office warned that conditions had worsened as the so-called Tubbs Fire was burning nearby.

"Especially people in the urban fire areas should be prepared with an evacuation plan", Eliason continued. The death toll in Sonoma County on Wednesday rose to 13.

Police blocked off many roads and prevented people from going into the destroyed neighborhoods, where some people said they no longer could recognize streets and surroundings.

Wednesday morning, ABC7 reported that seven Santa Rosa firefighters lost their homes in the wildfires.

Assistant Cal Fire Chief Bret Gouvea, an incident commander for the Tubbs and Pocket fires in Sonoma County, said the cleared skies allowed targeted air drops to reinforce the southern boundaries of the area's fires before shifting winds put renewed pressure on them overnight Wednesday and today.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said 17 large fires were continuing to burn today.

Giordano also says, "I think they underestimate how powerful and how unsafe it can be". "Hopefully, the answer is yes".

But they didn't hear from her. "Today, I haven't gotten it once, and that's because we're starting to see more".

"One woman learned that her home was still standing, but her farm was gone", said de Grassi, a spokeswoman for the Mendocino County Tourism Commission. Some 4,000 people are battling the fires, including crews from Nevada and the U.S. Forest Service. "You don't need to be here".

Firefighters facing a resurgence of high winds on Wednesday struggled to halt wildfires that have killed at least 23 people, destroyed 3,500 structures and left hundreds missing in chaotic evacuations across northern California's wine country.

The fires also claimed the lives of two people in Napa County, three in Mendocino County and one in Yuba County, according to Cal Fire.

What has caused these fires to be so devastating?

"These embers can twist and turn and wind up in other areas that might not be in the direction of the winds", Garcia said. Head said another warning will likely be issued through Thursday. His power had kicked off at 10 p.m.

Alarming video has emerged of a sheriff driving through flames in northern California where wildfires are destroying thousands of properties.

A large part of Santa Rosa was evacuated. "I don't know how effective that was".

He looked up a hillside by his home and "it was the most incredible fire coming at us", Dodd said.

In neighborhood after neighborhood, Wine Country residents returned home Tuesday to find utter devastation.

As he surveyed the damage, he marveled how some of his neighbors' homes survived. There are insurance companies to call, doctors to visit and the pressing question of, "What now?" "We hope the public will help us out - if they see smoke, call 911, and check their vehicles to make sure they are in good working order".

Wesley Carr, 23, a resident of Sebastopol in Sonoma County, said smoke from the fires had enveloped the area.

"I think it's still too premature to determine what actually worked and what didn't", Ghilarducci said.

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