Northern Calif. Fire: 15 Dead; Over 120K Acres Burned;Thousands Of Structures, 90K Without Power

 The deadly wildfires raging in Northern California have left at least 15 people dead and many people injured since they sparked late Sunday night. The massive fires have been fueled by dry weather and howling winds, devastating the region and charring tens of thousands of acres.
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The fires continued to burn Tuesday in Napa, Sonoma, Solano, Yuba, Butte, Nevada, Calaveras and Mendocino counties — with more evacuations ordered late Tuesday afternoon in multiple affected counties. On Monday, California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in Sonoma, Napa and Yuba counties because of the fires. And on Tuesday, U.S. President Donald Trump declared a major disaster exists in California and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by wildfires.

The National Weather Service Bay Area has issued a red flag warning for the fire-ravaged area through Thursday. Temperatures dropped mercifully and the winds temporarily died down on Tuesday but the smoke and ash in the air still lingered as a sad reminder of the devastation left in the wake of the flames that burned out of control in many areas. Thousands of structures, including businesses and homes, have been lost and thousands of residents remain evacuated Tuesday night. When they are allowed to return home, many will learn that nothing remains.


Many of those who are at home are without electricity. PG&E estimates more than 87,000 customers in the Bay Area have no power. State Farm has received roughly 700 homeowner insurance claims and an additional 150 auto insurance claims as of Tuesday morning because of damage from the North Bay wildfires.


Firefighters, police and relief workers from all over the state have been deployed to help with the firefighting efforts. The California Highway Patrol has performed more than 40 helicopter rescues in Napa and Sonoma counties.


On Monday, the stifling smoke blanketed the Bay Area caused panic among residents. The air has not been safe to breathe for almost two days, prompting officials to issue daily smoke advisories.The smoke can be seen from space.


Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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