California wildfire ; Death toll reaches 29

by International | 13-10-2017 | 381 views

Death toll in the wildfire that swept through northern California, has reached 29 as hundreds of firefighters are still battling the flames in multiple areas of the region.

“We are not even close to bring out of this emergency,” –Mark Ghilarducci, the director of California’s Office of Emergency services.

Wildfires ranging across broad swaths of Northern California have hospitalized hundreds and charred about 170,000 acres of land, damaged or destroyed at least 3,500 structures and forced nearly 20,000 residents to evacuate, local media reports said.

According to the national Interagency fire Centre, more than 2,700 firefighters and support personnel are battling the fires. Authorities were concerned about new Red Flag warnings that said winds were going to pick up this week. The wildfire, driven by powerful winds, tore through Northern California on 9 October, forcing evacuations and destroying structures in their path.

Officials expect the death toll to rise and the high winds in the coming days could complicate efforts to contain fires.

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