Thousands flee as wildfires ravage northern California; 10 killed

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) —  At least 10 people have died in fast-growing wildfires across northern California.

Firefighters were battling 17 fires across multiple counties around the state as of late Monday night, authorities said. Intensified by strong winds, the fires charred about 90,000 acres of land, destroyed at least 1,500 buildings and forced nearly 20,000 residents to evacuate.

Two of the largest blazes, dubbed the Tubbs and Atlas Fires by authorities, burned a combined 52,0000 acres of land in Napa County. They were less than 1 percent contained as of late Monday night.


#TubbsFire [update] off Hwy 128 and Bennet Lane (Napa County) is now 27,000 acres.

— CAL FIRE (@CAL_FIRE) October 10, 2017


In Anaheim, hundreds of firefighters have mobilized to fight a blaze burning over an estimated 4,500 acres and destroyed at least 9 homes. At least 3,000 residents were evacuated and more than 5,000 structures were threatened by the flames.

With the flames sweeping through entire communities, some area hospitals have been evacuated. Evacuations were also issued for surrounding counties that are under threat, according to the Napa Valley Sheriff’s Office.

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