Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Is Climate Change Affecting Northern California's Devastating Fires?

Is Climate Change Affecting Northern California's Devastating Fires?

Sonoma county, one of the worst-hit areas, has alone reported of 285 missing persons, reports CNN.

The most treacherous blazes swept across a North Bay region known for its scenic wine country, well-appointed homes and farmworker communities.

Flames erupted on Sunday night when gale force winds toppled power lines across the region, possibly igniting one of the deadliest wildfire outbreaks in California history. "Make no mistake, this is a serious, critical, catastrophic event".

Redwood City State Senator Jerry Hill said if negligence is found to be the cause for the electric equipment fires, it's going to be time to dissolve PG&E. The toll of death and destruction is expected to rise. "We are literally looking at explosive vegetation", he added.

The blaze erupted along the 91 Freeway next to an off-ramp and spread quickly in gusty winds to char more than 202 hectares, Orange County Fire Authority spokesman Captain Larry Kurtz said.

The 5,000-acre Nuns Fire in Glen Ellen was rapidly approaching the Oakmont retirement community south of Santa Rosa Tuesday afternoon.

Saying that law enforcement officers in Sonoma County were going door to door to pull people from their homes as the fires approached, Pimlott said it was critical that residents heeded evacuation orders so firefighters could focus on containing the flames that were nourished into giants by 50 miles per hour winds on Sunday night.

Pitre said his law firm has already been contacted by Sonoma County residents who said transformers exploded and wires sparked unrelated to wildfire. "Getting them evacuated was an extreme challenge for rescue crews".

At a news conference Tuesday morning, officials with the Governor's Office of Emergency Services, Cal Fire and other agencies reported that 17 fires statewide had burned a combined 115,000 acres and sent 3,200 evacuees to 28 shelters - and that the major fires in Napa and Sonoma were zero percent contained. In Napa, 100-year-old Charles Rippey and his wife, Sara, 98, died after flames engulfed their home. But even then, he said "we're we're just catching the dregs".

Black tells the Santa Rosa Press Democrat that most of the Oakmont area was evacuated earlier in the day due to rampant wildfires.

Bleary-eyed and clutching a styrofoam cup, Napa resident Justo Perez surveyed the contents of the auto his neighbor loaned him as he fled flames surrounding his home on Atlas Peak Road.

At least four wineries have suffered "total or very significant losses", Napa Valley Vintners said, with nine others reporting some damage to buildings or vineyards. Communities in Sonoma County were also under threat from the Nuns and Pocket fires, where nearly 10,000 acres had burned.

President Donald Trump has declared parts of Northern California a disaster area, making it eligible for speedy federal aid. Gov.

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