8,000 firefighters struggle for control
Jennifer Hawks, from left, Neil Thollander and Ed Hawks put out hot spots Thursday on Thollander’s grandmother’s property near Calistoga, Calif. The death toll from Northern California’s fires jumped to 31 on Thursday and hundreds of people remained missing. The 8,000 firefighters struggling against the fires caught a break early Thursday as the predicted high winds failed to materialize, but signs point to worsening conditions through the weekend. The fires have destroyed up to 3,500 structures.