Oct 15, 2017

A week of wildfires in California, by the numbers

Firefighters battle a blaze in Santa Rosa, California. Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP

The latest bout of deadly wildfires in California has been raging for a week, taking at least 40 lives and leveling entire neighborhoods. Here's a look at the scale of the devastation and the resources mobilized to contain the blazes.

The numbers, per the LA Times and CNN:

  • The death toll currently stands at 40, but authorities expect it to rise as rescue workers account for the missing.
  • More that 10,000 firefighters are fighting 15 blazes across Northern California.
  • The operations include 880 fire engines, 134 bulldozers, 224 hand crews, 138 water tenders and 14 helicopters conducting water drops.
  • More than 100,000 people have been ordered to evacuate their homes.
  • The fires have destroyed 214,000 acres of land and 5,700 homes and buildings.
  • On Saturday night, 35 to 45 mph winds hindered fire crews' efforts and exacerbated the fires.
  • The Tubbs and Atlas fires, two of the big blazes in Napa and Sonoma counties, have each been 50% contained. Another major fire, the Nuns, is 30% contained.

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What we know: Deadly Storm Dennis whips at England, Wales and Ireland

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At least two deaths are being attributed to Storm Dennis on Monday as it continues to strike at parts of England, Wales and Ireland, per AccuWeather.

The big picture: Dennis is the second-strongest nontropical storm ever recorded in the North Atlantic Ocean. Its hurricane-force winds and heavy rains have caused widespread flooding across the United Kingdom. The army has been deployed in the U.K. to help with flood relief.

Coronavirus cases rise as 14 American evacuees infected

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's NHC; Note: China refers to mainland China and the Diamond Princess is the cruise ship offshore Yokohama, Japan. Map: Danielle Alberti/Axios

14 Americans evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship tested positive for the novel coronavirus before being flown in a "specialist containment" on a plane repatriating U.S. citizens back home, the U.S. government said early Monday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 1,775 people and infected more than 70,000 others. Most cases and all but five of the deaths have occurred in mainland China.

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The cost of going after Bloomberg

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Here's the growing dilemma for 2020 Democrats vying for a one-on-one showdown with frontrunner Bernie Sanders: Do they have the guts — and the money — to first stop Mike Bloomberg?

Why it matters: Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren all must weigh the costs of punching Bloomberg where he looks most vulnerable: stop-and-frisk, charges of sexism, billionaire entitlement. The more zealous the attacks, the greater the risk he turns his campaign ATM against them.