California's Wildfires Are the Deadly Flip Side of this Year's Rainfall

California's Wildfires Are the Deadly Flip Side of this Year's Rainfall

Wildfire flames grew higher, hotter and spread farther in California wine country on Wednesday, killing at least 21 people and laying waste to thousands of homes and businesses.

Sonoma County Sheriff Robert Giordano said he also expects the death toll to climb.

PG&E has shut off gas service for roughly 40,000 customers in the Santa Rosa, Yountville, Napa and Kenwood areas as a safety precaution since fire can damage gas pipes and meters.

California Governor Jerry Brown declared emergencies in Sonoma, Napa and five other counties.

He said in the devastating Northern California fires, people were leaving important documents and photographs in safes, but when they returned and opened the safes after their homes had burned, everything was gone.

Emmanuel Perez took a touching photo of this sign in Santa Rosa thanking the firefighters for their work.

Wildfires in Northern California have killed at least 13 people and charred some 120,000 acres.

Fire related evacuations in northern and central Sonoma County and in Napa County continued late Tuesday afternoon.

"The conditions are just ripe - the recipe is just right", said Amy Head, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, CalFire for short, who was in the field with crews at the Tubbs Fire between Calistoga and Santa Rosa on Wednesday. "The fire is close, very close", Hammer said. "Hopefully, the answer is yes". From my home south of San Francisco, I could see the entire Bay Area covered in a thick layer, obscuring the sun.

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The smoke may linger for days, underscoring the need for people to stay indoors as much as possible and avoid strenuous exercise in smoky areas, air regulators cautioned.

Speaking to NPR's David Greene, Cox said, "Late season fires are always hard, because you're contending with very dry fuel moistures".

"One woman learned that her home was still standing, but her farm was gone", said de Grassi, a spokeswoman for the Mendocino County Tourism Commission.

Six people have died in Mendocino County, two in Yuba County and two in Napa County, officials told told the Los Angeles Times.

The McClellan Reload Base, an airstrip that is used to support aerial firefighting efforts, "pumped over 266,000 gallons of fire retardant Monday".

US President Donald Trump has also approved a disaster declaration, allowing federal emergency aid to be disbursed. "And we will be there for you in this time of bad tragedy and need".

In Santa Rosa, several fast-foot restaurants and convenience stores were reduced to burned out hulks, their drive-thru signs leading only to piles of ashes.

According to The Mercury News, aerial photographer Douglas Thron was shooting video of Coffey Park, a neighborhood devastated by the recent fires, when he noticed the clean, white USPS truck.

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