Natural Disaster
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Crews search rubble for California fire victims

by Leigh Jones
Posted 10/17/17, 11:57 am

Search crews in Sonoma County, Calif., are combing through the rubble of burned out homes in search of those still missing. Although the list of residents unaccounted for dwindled as evacuees checked in with friends and family, officials are still trying to track down 88 people. Sonoma County Sheriff Robert Giordano on Monday said he expects searchers will find at least some of them in their burned-out homes.

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Associated Press/Photo by Marcio Jose Sanchez

Firefighters slowly gain ground against California blazes

by Leigh Jones
Posted 10/16/17, 11:11 am

Thousands of Californians are returning to their neighborhoods today to assess the damage left by wildfires that roared through the Sonoma area last week. Firefighters began to get the upper hand on the blazes over the weekend and expect to have them under control later this week, with the help of calmer winds and a little rain. At least 11,000 firefighters continue to battle 15 separate fires across a 100-mile swath of the state. But the number of residents under mandatory evacuation orders fell to 75,000, about 25,000 less than the day before.

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Associated Press/Photo by Eric Risberg

California firefighters are preparing for another dry, windy day as they battle 21 wildfires in the heart of the state’s wine country. Overnight, thanks in part to calmer conditions, firefighters managed to contain 22 percent of one of the blazes in Sonoma and Napa counties. But the number of fatalities continues to rise, with 31 deaths now blamed on the wildfires. At least 3,500 homes and businesses have burned to the ground. The fires cover more than 300 square miles.

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