Oct 11, 2017

17 dead from California wildfires

A wildfire burns in Napa, California. Photo: Rich Pedroncelli / AP

The California wildfires have so far scorched over 170,000 acres of land and forced evacuations of more than 25,000 as of Tuesday night. A California fire official said 3,500 homes and businesses have been destroyed, the AP reports.

The big picture: This is "one of the worst disasters in California history," as California Highway Patrol Capt. Mike Palacio called it.

  • Of the two largest fires, Tubbs is not contained and Atlas is just 3% contained, per the LA Times. For up -to-date information, check Cal Fire on fire conditions.
  • At least 17 people have been killed, 11 of which were in Sonoma County, per CNN.
  • More than 100 are being treated in Napa-area and Sonoma-area hospitals, per CNN.
  • 300 are reported missing and 110 are reported safe, the LA Times reports, although about 80 cell towers have been destroyed or damaged, making contact between friends and family members difficult, per The Washington Post.
  • Local officials ordered fresh evacuations in Sonoma County, and officials said Tuesday it might take weeks before residents are able to return, per The Washington Post.
  • Local curfews are still in place for Santa Rosa.
  • Residents near the fires are encouraged to pack bags ready to go with personal documents in medicine in case they need to flee, per CNN.
  • More than a dozen schools are closed in 7 counties, per The Washington Post.
  • Resources from both California and Nevada are being deployed to fight the blazes, per The Washington Post.
  • Red flag conditions, with wind gusts of up to 40mph, are expected to remain and even pick up until Thursday in the North Bay Area, per the National Weather Service. No rain is forecast this week.
  • More than 8 million acres have been incinerated in California this year with some 7,500 fires blazing.
  • Santa Rosa is advising donations be sent to the Salvation Army or unitedwinecountry.org.
  • Trump has approved California Gov. Jerry Brown's request for federal assistance.

One scenario to consider, from The Washington Post: "One couple had to jump into their pool as flames rushed across their land, taking occasional gasps for air as flames lapped at their backs."

A look forward on economic impacts: The cost of lost crops could near $100 million as part of California's $58 billion wine industry, per Bloomberg.

Go deeper: Where northern California's wildfires are raging with Axios' Lazaro Gamio

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Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 11 a.m. ET: 1,225,360 — Total deaths: 66,542 — Total recoveries: 252,615Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 11 a.m. ET: 312,249 — Total deaths: 8,503 — Total recoveries: 15,021Map.
  3. Public health latest: CDC launches national trackers and recommends face coverings in public. Federal government will cover costs of COVID-19 treatment for uninsured. Surgeon general says this week will be "our Pearl Harbor, our 9/11 moment."
  4. 2020 latest: "We have no contingency plan," Trump said on the 2020 Republican National Convention. "We're having the convention at the end of August." Biden says DNC may have to hold virtual convention.
  5. States updates: The Louisiana governor warned that his state is set to run out of ventilators in four days. Illinois governor claims Trump doesn't understand the word "federal."
  6. Oil latest: Monday meeting among oil-producing countries to discuss supply curbs is reportedly being delayed amid tensions between Saudi Arabia and Russia.
  7. Work update: Employees still going to work are often facing temperature checks, distanced work stations, protective devices and mass absences.
  8. What should I do? Pets, moving and personal health. Answers about the virus from Axios expertsWhat to know about social distancingQ&A: Minimizing your coronavirus risk.
  9. Other resources: CDC on how to avoid the virus, what to do if you get it.

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Illinois governor: "The president does not understand the word 'federal'"

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday that President Trump's comments about the federal government's stockpile of medical equipment suggest he "does not understand the word 'federal.'"

Why it matters: White House adviser Jared Kushner argued at a press briefing last week that the "notion of the federal stockpile was it’s supposed to be our stockpile; it’s not supposed to be state stockpiles that they then use."

U.S. coronavirus updates: Death toll passes 8,500

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins; Map: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Recorded deaths from the novel coronavirus surpassed 8,500 in the U.S. early Sunday, per Johns Hopkins data. The death toll in the U.S. has risen over 1,000 every day since April 1.

Why it matters: U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said on Sunday that this upcoming week will be "the hardest and saddest week of most Americans' lives" — calling it our "our Pearl Harbor, our 9/11 moment."

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