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A wildfire is an unplanned, unwanted fire burning in a natural area, such as a forest, grassland, or prairie. As building development expands into these areas, homes and businesses may be situated in or near areas susceptible to wildfires. This is called the wildland urban interface.

Wildfires can cause death or injury to people and animals, damage or destroy structures, and disrupt community services including transportation, gas, power, communications, and other services. The impact may cover large areas with extensive burning, embers traveling more than a mile away from the wildfire itself, and smoke causing health issues for people far away from the fire. Wildfires damage watersheds leave areas prone to flooding and mudslides for many years.

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Wildfires Burn Out of Control Across Northern California; 17 Are Dead

By THOMAS FULLER, RICHARD PEREZ-PENA and JONAH ENGEL BROMWICH OCT. 10, 2017


NAPA, Calif. — With roads still blocked by the police and fires still raging across broad swaths of Northern California, Matt Lenzi hiked through smoke-choked vineyards and waded the Napa River to reach the home his father lived in for 53 years. In its place, he found only blackened debris, blackened earth, and ash.

“Every piece of vegetation was gone,” said Mr. Lenzi on Tuesday, after going back in the vain hope of finding the pet cat that his father, Carl Lenzi, who is in his 80s, left behind when he fled for his life. “Even the barbecue melted, and that’s built to take heat.”

The fires ravaging California’s wine country since Sunday night — part of an outbreak of blazes stretching almost the entire length of the state — continued to burn out of control Tuesday, as the toll rose to at least 17 people confirmed dead, hundreds hospitalized, and an estimated 2,000 buildings destroyed or damaged. But state and local officials warned that with many people still missing and unaccounted for, and some areas still out of reach of emergency crews, those figures are almost certain to rise.

The two biggest and most destructive fires consumed more than 52,000 acres in Napa and Sonoma Counties, propelled on Sunday night and Monday by 50-mile-per-hour winds and threatening cities that included Santa Rosa, Napa and Calistoga. The winds died down on Tuesday, but were forecast to pick up again later in the week, and Chief Ken Pimlott of Cal Fire, the state’s firefighting agency, described the two fires, and a smaller one nearby, as “zero percent contained.”

About 20,000 people heeded evacuation warnings, fleeing on foot and by car as the fires overtook their towns. In Sonoma County alone, 5,000 people took shelter in evacuation centers on Monday night, the county reported, and new evacuation orders were issued on Tuesday. Survivors told of narrow escapes from walls of flame that seemed to erupt from nowhere on Sunday night and Monday morning, forcing them to run even before text messages and other alerts were sent out by emergency warning systems.

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James Harder and his friends managed to save his business, James Cole Winery, a small-scale maker of high-priced cabernets, even as the nearby Signorello Estate winery burned. Mr. Harder said he saw a wall of flame 20 to 30 feet high descending a hillside toward his property, embers whipping toward him, and formed a bucket brigade with six other people, working through the night, scooping water from a 10,000-gallon tank meant to irrigate his vines.

“We just thought, ‘Keep working, keep working,’” he said. “We would have lost everything if not for our friends.”

All around them, in some of the most expensive real estate in the country, they could see neighbors’ houses going up in flames, their propane tanks exploding with ground-shaking force.

Next door, the gate to the Signorello property was open on Tuesday and a sign said “Open,” but no one was there. The reception area was destroyed, fires still burned from gas pipes there, and ash covered an infinity pool with a commanding view of the valley. But in the bar area, a refrigerator held a wheel of manchego cheese, beer bottles and soda cans, still intact.

How much of the season’s grape harvest was destroyed remains unclear.

Across the state, 17 large wildfires were still burning Tuesday, covering 115,000 acres, Chief Pimlott said. An unusually wet winter produced ample brush, and the state’s hottest summer on record dried it to tinder, setting the stage for a rough October, a month usually marked by dry air and high winds from the north and east.

The entire American West has experienced a particularly brutal wildfire season, even as people in the Southeast have suffered the floods and winds of hurricanes. As of Oct. 6, wildfires had raced through 8.5 million acres, well above the last decade’s average of six million per year.

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We have two couples of friends who have lost their homes in Sonoma County. It's going to be brutal for people in the Wine Country for a long time. emoticon
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Didn't take long for the fire to become all about evil Trump is.

Anyway, this is a terrible disaster. I have some friends whose daughter is getting married in Napa in February. Such a beautiful place. Who knows what it will be like when this is over.



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It's just terrible.
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I am heartsick. Still have not heard from a friend in Glen Ellen.

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I hope your friend is OK, Susie, although his/her home may not be.

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I hope your friend was not hurt, too, Susie. What a terrible disaster! Since November 8 of last year, we've had one disaster after another, as if God is raging.
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quote:

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I hope your friend is OK, Susie, although his/her home may not be.



Ann's home is gone. She said she escaped with her computer and her cat.
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I hope your friend was not hurt, too, Susie. What a terrible disaster! Since November 8 of last year, we've had one disaster after another, as if God is raging.



She is physically OK. Not sure where she's going to go, as yet.
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I'm sure it's a huge relief to know she is physically OK. And I'm sure it's a comfort to her that she got her cat out, too.

That relief is not to make light of the fact that she has lost everything else. How awful these fires are.

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Just unbelievable, watching these flames just jump over territory faster than so many can escape. I thought of you, Susie, and am glad that your friends have survived. But so sorry that they have lost everything....

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Computer and cat were the things I would have saved if I could save only two.
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Just unbelievable, watching these flames just jump over territory faster than so many can escape. I thought of you, Susie, and am glad that your friends have survived. But so sorry that they have lost everything....



There was one heartbreaking photo yesterday of a woman combing through the rubble of her house, trying to find her wedding ring.

My favorite "escape" town of Calistoga has been evacuated -- mandatory. This is heartbreaking.
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quote:

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quote:

JustLis wrote:

Just unbelievable, watching these flames just jump over territory faster than so many can escape. I thought of you, Susie, and am glad that your friends have survived. But so sorry that they have lost everything....



There was one heartbreaking photo yesterday of a woman combing through the rubble of her house, trying to find her wedding ring.

My favorite "escape" town of Calistoga has been evacuated -- mandatory. This is heartbreaking.



The pic I saw said she had found it. If she did, it was blind luck, looking at the remains of the house. Why wasn't she wearing it?
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I almost never took my wedding ring off, but I know a lot of women who do, especially when creaming hand lotion into their hands, maybe leaving it that way overnight.

I saw the same news you did, Cooter, in which she found it. I was glad for her.

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Mine is off because I've lost enough weight that it's too big for me. If I were running for my life, I wouldn't think to reach for it.

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It's interesting to think about what things are important to people. I threw the wedding ring from my first marriage into the San Gabriel River, and I never wore another one. It's more fun to feel like you're living in sin anyway.
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Mine is off because I've lost enough weight that it's too big for me.



Any competent jeweler should be able to resize it for you.
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