Wild­fires kill at least 10 in Cal­i­for­nia

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SANTA ROSA, Cal­i­for­nia Wild­fires fanned by strong winds swept through north­ern Cal­i­for­nia’s wine coun­try on Mon­day, killing at least 10 peo­ple, de­stroy­ing hun­dreds of homes and busi­nesses and forc­ing some 20,000 peo­ple to flee.

The deaths brought the of­fi­cial wild­fire-re­lated toll in Cal­i­for­nia this year to 13, the great­est loss of civil­ian life from a sin­gle clus­ter of blazes in the state in a decade, state fire of­fi­cials said.

Gover­nor Jerry Brown de­clared a state of emer­gency for Napa, Sonoma and Yuba coun­ties, en­com­pass­ing some of the state’s prime wine-mak­ing ar­eas, as the blazes raged unchecked and en­gulfed the re­gion in thick, bil­low­ing smoke that drifted south into the San Fran­cisco Bay area.

He later ex­tended the dec­la­ra­tion to in­clude four more north­ern Cal­i­for­nia coun­ties and Or­ange County in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, and re­quested a U.S. pres­i­den­tial dis­as­ter dec­la­ra­tion to sup­port state and lo­cal fire­fight­ing re­sources. Sonoma County bore the brunt of the fa­tal­i­ties, with seven fire-re­lated deaths con­firmed there, ac­cord­ing to the sher­iff’s depart­ment. Two died in Napa County and one in Men­do­cino County, ac­cord­ing to the Cal­i­for­nia Depart­ment of Forestry and Fire Pro­tec­tion (CalFire).

The death toll could climb higher, said Brad Alexan­der, a spokesman for the gover­nor’s Of­fice of Emer­gency Ser­vices. More than 100 peo­ple were treated for fire-re­lated in­juries such as burns and smoke in­hala­tion, CNN re­ported.

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