Deadly and vast California wildfires could gain momentum

Deadly and vast California wildfires could gain momentum

Hours later Tunis texted an AP reporter to say that her brother, Robert, had found her mother's remains among the debris.

"It's not going to be anywhere what we saw", said Brian Garcia, a meteorologist with the weather service. Speaking October 11, Pimlott warned that, before the day was over, he feared simultaneous conflagrations to the west, east and north of the Napa Valley could merge into one super-fire.

The intense fires are being described as unlike anything fire officials recall seeing in the area. It is now one of the very few homes still on the massive hill, which once housed many Santa Rosa residents.

The Department of Homeland Security has said that the Federal Emergency Management Agency immediately agreed to the state's request for federal funds to help fight numerous fires. It is clear that we are not out of the woods yet, and there is still a long road ahead of us - fighting these destructive fires, and rebuilding the great California city that once was.

The most treacherous blazes swept across a North Bay region known for its scenic wine country, well-appointed homes and farmworker communities.

They said 8,000 firefighters and other personnel were battling the blazes and more resources were pouring in from Arizona, Nevada, Washington and Oregon. Currently, a predicted number of 1,500 to 3,000 homes and structures have been burned down, with a fatality count above 20 by Wednesday evening that is only expected to grow. The chaos that has ensued appears to be endless, as evacuation orders are being continued throughout Sonoma and Napa County, and repopulation is being prohibited in all of these regions. Manned roadblocks were set up between Sonoma and devastated areas of Santa Rosa.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday approved a major disaster declaration, clearing the way for federal help with the disaster, saying that "the federal government will stand with the people of California". We would not have the confidence or trust in them in the future.

The sound of explosions woke Benjamin Rietman on Sunday night in his quiet Santa Rosa home.

The Sonoma County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday night two more people have died in the Tubbs Fire. As is often typical for significant press briefings, a person standing to the right of the podium translated the officials' words into American Sign Language.

The sheriff also expects the death toll to climb. "The devastation is enormous", he said.

Helicopters and air tankers were being used to hold back the shifting fire line that threatened to move on communities without warning.

"We can only get so many places and we have only so many people to work on so many things", he said.

"This has been one of the deadliest weeks for fires that we've experienced in recent time", said Daniel Berlant, assistant deputy director for Cal Fire.

In Southern California, cooler weather and moist ocean air helped firefighters gain ground against a wildfire that has scorched almost 14 square miles (36 sq. kilometers). Fire crews labored on Wednesday to strengthen containment lines as winds picked up again.

"I've heard stories of people being relocated to San Francisco and Oakland".

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