Wind-whipped wild­fires sweep through Cal­i­for­nia

Metro Canada (Toronto) - - CANADA/WORLD -

More than a dozen wild­fires whipped by pow­er­ful winds swept through Cal­i­for­nia wine coun­try Monday, de­stroy­ing at least 1,500 homes and busi­nesses and send­ing an es­ti­mated 20,000 peo­ple on a flight to safety through smoke and flames. One per­son was killed in a fire fur­ther north, in Men­do­cino County. The state’s fire chief called the dam­age es­ti­mates for the fire in the wine coun­try con­ser­va­tive and said the fires were burn­ing through­out an eight-county swath of Northern Cal­i­for­nia.

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