California Massive Wildfire: Toll Rises To 17

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Sacramento: Massive wildfires sweeping through parts of California have killed at least 17 people and damaged more than 2,000 residences and other buildings, according to authorities.

According to local officials, many people are still missing and some areas remain out of reach for emergency services, so the number of victims can further increase, The New York Times reported late Tuesday.

Two destructive wildfires reportedly devastated more than 52,000 acres in central California’s Napa and Sonoma valleys, which together account for the lion’s share of American wine production.

According to the US Treasury Department, over 680 million gallons, or 25.75 million hectoliters, of wine was produced in California in 2016. For comparison’s sake, France produced 43.2 million hectoliters of wine in the same year.

More than 20,000 people have been evacuated in California due to wildfires raging in eight counties of the state. The disaster has also left some 2,000 buildings destroyed or damaged. California’s Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency in the areas hit by the disaster.

In Anaheim, 1,000 firefighters were mobilized to fight a blaze that burned an estimated 6,000 acres and destroyed at least 24 homes and businesses. At least 3,000 residents were evacuated in and around Anaheim, and more than 5,000 structures were threatened by the flames. California Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency for Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties.

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