Wildfires in Northern California have led to the loss of 17 people already, while hundreds of firefighters fight the flames and keep people away from the blaze
The majority of the fires were ignited on Sunday and were driven by winds of more than 50 mph and dry conditions. Unfortunately, weather forecasters reported that firefighters will face difficulties, as there is no chance of rain this week.
More than 20,000 people had been evacuated as of Tuesday night, while authorities are strongly encouraging others to pack “ready-to-go-bags” with documents and medicines, just in case they had to flee on a moment’s notice.
“I think it would be one of the worst disasters in California history,” Captain Mike Palacio with the California Highway Patrol said at a community meeting. “You gotta be patient. We are just trying to keep people alive.”
Sadly, the wildfires have burned 115,000 acres in California. The largest ones were recorded in Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino counties, changing the view to a charred rubble and clouds of smoke.
The White House declared that Donald Trump has signed a major disaster declaration and fire management assistance grants for the state.
“The loss of homes and burning of precious land is heartbreaking, but the loss of life is truly devastating,” Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said.
Since Sunday night, at least 17 people have lost their lives because of the fire. Only in Sonoma County, officials reported 11 deaths.