California Wine Country Wildfires Turn Deadly, 10 Dead


Sacramento: Fires pushed by warm winds and fueled by dry ground swept through California wine country Monday, killing at least ten people, injuring numerous others and torching more than 1,500 homes and businesses.

California fire officials warned that the conditions, particularly winds that at times exceeded 50 miles per hour, would likely exacerbate the fires in the days ahead. At least 14 separate blazes burned in eight Northern California counties, prompting evacuations of more than 20,000 frightened residents, including patients in threatened hospitals.

More than 8 million acres have burned in at least four states. The current wildfires had burned more than 70,000 acres in Northern California by late Monday afternoon, nearly all of those in Sonoma and Napa counties, the heartland of the state’s renowned wine industry.