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California is in flames, as seen from above

California is in flames, as seen from above

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California is in flames, as seen from above

Coral Aman, Staff Writer

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On Tuesday morning, more than a dozen wildfires began to spread quickly throughout Northern California. These fires sparked on Sunday due to dry conditions and strong winds. The area most affected was the California wine country, including the counties of Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino. Santa Rosa also faced an immense amount of destruction.

All this damage can be credited to the work of several large fires such as the Tubbs fire, the Atlas fire, and the Patrick fire. The Tubbs fire was the most massive. This blaze extended over 27,000 acres and left over 600 buildings in ruins.This fire has been named “one of the top 15 most destructive fires in recorded California history.”

Over 20,000 people have already been forced to evacuate the area. At least eleven people have died and more than 2,000 homes and businesses were destroyed. Additionally, more than a hundred of people are missing, and over 100,000 acres of land have been burned. Thousands are without power, and hospitals are packed with those needing burn treatment. California’s Gov. Jerry Brown announced an emergency statement for several counties such as Napa, Sonoma, Orange, and Yuba.

Thousands of firefighters are risking their lives to battle the flames of some of the deadliest and catastrophic wildfires in California history. However, the winds continue to fuel these fires, and the death toll and amount of destruction are expected to increase.

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