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Ten killed in ‘unprecedented’ wine country blaze in US
    2017-October-11  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

TEN people have died in northern California in the United States after what officials are describing as an “unprecedented” wildfire that has already destroyed 1,500 structures and devastated large swaths of wine country.

Amy Head, the fire captain spokesperson for Cal Fire, the state agency responsible for fire protection, confirmed the number of fatalities late Monday.

“We often have multiple fires going on, but the majority of them all started right around same time period, same time of night — it’s unprecedented,” she said. “I hate using that word because it’s been overused a lot lately because of how fires have been in the past few years, but it truly is — there’s just been a lot of destruction.”

California’s governor, Jerry Brown, has declared a state of emergency in eight mostly northern counties — Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Sonoma and Yuba counties. The flames are barely contained and are threatening thousands of homes and vineyards in the wine country north of San Francisco.

Nine of the deaths occurred in Napa and Sonoma counties, while another was farther north, in Mendocino county.

The wildfires sent residents on a headlong flight to safety through smoke and flames as homes burned. Around 20,000 people have been evacuated, including hundreds of senior citizens from local nursing homes. Entire neighborhoods and a trailer park in the town of Santa Rosa, about 80 kilometers from San Francisco, have already been razed, along with a Hilton hotel, according to local reports.

“It was an inferno like you’ve never seen before,” said Marian Williams, who caravanned with neighbors through flames before dawn as one of the wildfires reached the vineyards and ridges at her small Sonoma County town of Kenwood.

(SD-Agencies)

 

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