Death toll rises to 42 as containment increases in Northern California fires

Crews on Wednesday continued to increase containment of a cluster of deadly wildfires that have ravaged Northern California, while authorities announced the discovery of another fire victim — a development that brought the fatality count to 42. Authorities confirmed a 23rd death in Sonoma County — 22 from the Tubbs fire and one from the Nuns fire, officials said. There were eight deaths in Mendocino County, seven in Napa County and four in Yuba County, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office also released the names of two more Santa Rosa fire victims: Monte Neil Kirven, 81, and Marilyn Carol Ress, 71. After more than a week of warm days and extremely dry air that helped keep the fires raging, a cooler weather pattern blanketing the wine country’s valley floor with fog has begun to settle in.  The combination of [...]

2018-11-04T10:13:58+00:00October 19th, 2017|0 Comments

After week of California fires, progress made in fighting flames

A week after several wildfires ignited in Northern California, firefighters are making progress toward containing the massive blazes that have killed at least 40 people and burned about 5,700 structures.   On Sunday, diminished winds gave firefighters a break in the weather to gain ground on the rash of fires that have scorched swaths of Northern California, including Sonoma and Napa counties. As California Gov. Jerry Brown said over the weekend: "We are not out of the woods yet, there's still fires burning." Officials voiced cautious optimism over the latest efforts. "Overall, things are feeling optimistic for us," said Bret Gouvea, deputy chief of California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire), during a Sunday briefing. "We're very cautious about that. As you know, we have a lot of fires across Sonoma County." More than a dozen fires are burning in California -- most of which [...]

2018-11-04T10:13:59+00:00October 16th, 2017|0 Comments

California fires: 31 killed; weather stays dry

(CNN)The misery and heartbreak caused by the one of the deadliest wildfire outbreaks in California's history aren't going to end anytime soon, officials said Thursday. "We're not even close to being out of this emergency," Mark Ghilarducci, the director of California's Office of Emergency Services, said Thursday afternoon. The fires that are devastating Northern California have killed 31 people, according to Cal Fire, making it one of the deadliest series of fires ever in the state. The largest of the group of 21 fires are still burning with little containment, and the weather has not helped the thousands of firefighters battling those deadly blazes and new ones that pop up each day. "We are a long way from being done with this catastrophe," Cal Fire Director Ken Pimlott said. The fires were burning erratically Thursday, he said. Authorities were concerned about new Red Flag warnings that [...]

2018-11-04T10:13:59+00:00October 13th, 2017|0 Comments