Massive wildfires sweeping through parts of California have killed at least 17 people and damaged more than 2,000 residences and other buildings, according to authorities. More than 100 people are missing. More than 100 people were being treated in hospitals for fire-related injuries or health issues, including burns, smoke inhalation and shortness of breath.The largest conflagration is in California’s wine country, about 50 miles north of San Francisco. Fires there are at 0% containment, which means that firefighters have not cleared vegetation from the fire’s perimeter.
Two of the largest fires, dubbed the Tubbs and Atlas fires by authorities, burned a combined 52,000 acres of land in Sonoma and Napa counties. In Anaheim, 1,000 firefighters were mobilized to fight a blaze that burned an estimated 6,000 acres and destroyed at least 24 homes and businesses. At least 3,000 residents were evacuated in and around Anaheim, and more than 5,000 structures were threatened by the flames. California Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency for Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties.
With the flames sweeping through communities, some area hospitals have been evacuated. Evacuations were also issued for surrounding counties that are under threat, according to the Napa Valley Sheriff's Office. New evacuations were ordered yesterday evening as more than a dozen wildfires raged across Northern California. Many residents have been warned not to return to their homes until further notice.