Oct 12, 2017

California's wildfire devastation

A small flag attached to mail boxes flies in front of homes destroyed by fires in Santa Rosa, Calif. Photo: Jeff Chiu / APAP

The massive wildfires in California this week have left at least 29 people dead, according to ABC News, and as of Thursday morning there were still 22 wildfires raging.

The numbers, per ABC:

  • More than 180,000 acres have been scorched.
  • Around 20,000 residents have had to evacuate.
  • At least 3,500 structures have been damaged or destroyed.
  • At least 8,000 responders are fighting the fires.
  • 1,000 fire departments from around the west coast have sent assistance.
  • 463 people of the 900 originally reported missing are still unaccounted for.
  • At least 7,000 residents don't have power, in just Napa County.
Napa County firefighter Jason Sheumann sprays water on a home as he battles flames from a wildfire.Rich Pedroncelli / AP
Fire burns from an open gas valve near the pool area at the Journey's End mobile home park.Ben Margot / AP
Mary Caughey, center in blue, reacts with her son Harrison after finding her wedding ring in debris at her home destroyed by fires.Jeff Chiu / AP
Rudy Habibe, from Puerto Rico, stands by the burning Hilton Sonoma Wine Country hotel, where he was a guest.Jeff Chiu / AP
Prisoners from the McCain inmate crew from San Diego, Calif., prepare to clear brush from a road.Ben Margot / AP
Smoke rises over burned down homes in Santa Rosa, Calif.Jeff Chiu / AP
The fire-ravaged Signorello Estate winery.Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP
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