Wildfires Blaze in Northern California (Photos)
Today (Oct. 10), in California, firefighting efforts continued against multiple wildfires that began on the evening of Oct. 8 and quickly spread to consume 115,000 acres, causing at least 13 deaths, hospitalizing over 100 people, and forcing an estimated 20,000 people to evacuate, the New York Times reported.
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. declared a state of emergency yesterday (Oct. 9) in eight counties affected by the fires: Napa, Sonoma, Yuba, Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Nevada and Orange Counties, empowering state agencies to use all available resources for disaster response and relief, according to the Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES).
In this photo, fire consumes a barn as an out-of-control wildfire moves through the area on Oct. 9 in Glen Ellen, California.
Much to lose
A resident rushes to save his home in Glen Ellen, California, on Oct. 9. Tens of thousands of acres and dozens of homes and businesses have burned in widespread wildfires blazing in Napa and Sonoma counties.
The devouring inferno
Flames consume a home in Glen Ellen, California. The small town in Sonoma County was especially hard-hit by the wildfires, with dozens of homes reduced to charred and smoking ruins, SF Gate reported.
Firemen douse the flames at a house in the Anaheim Hills neighborhood in Anaheim, California, on Oct. 9. A fire spread quickly through the area, destroying homes, and prompting mandatory evacuations and freeway closures.
Dousing the flames
Firefighters spray water on a house that was destroyed by a fire in the Anaheim Hills neighborhood in Anaheim, California, on Oct. 9.
A police car blocks the 241 freeway, as smoke from the Canyon 2 Fire — one of 17 fires blazing across California — rolls over the road near Orange, California, on Oct. 9.
Highway to nowhere
In Orange, California, traffic was at a standstill as people fled from the Santa Ana winds, which blew fire and smoke toward them from the Canyon 2 fire, one of more than a dozen wildfires burning across the state.
Creatures in need
A woman evacuates a horse in Orange, California. Both wear protective gear against the ash and smoke carried by strong Santa Ana winds.
Remnants of damaged buildings are visible after a wildfire moved through California's Santa Rosa and Napa Valleys on Oct. 10, destroying homes and businesses, and leaving at least 10 people dead.
Smoke rises from the remains of fire-damaged homes in Glen Ellen, California.
Destruction in its wake
In Santa Rosa, California, a fast-moving wildfire destroyed hundreds of buildings. Fueled by high winds, the fire was just one of many in the region that burned thousands of acres and claimed at least 13 lives.
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