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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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Congress plots COVID pandemic-era office upgrades

oving crates outside Rep. Elise Stefanik's old office Tuesday. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

The House plans to renovate members' suites even though staff are worried about an influx of contractors and D.C. is tightening restrictions on large gatherings, some staffers told Axios.

Why it matters: The Capitol has been closed to public tours since March. Work over the holiday season comes as U.S. coronavirus cases spike, Americans beg for more pandemic assistance and food lines grow.

Trump pressures Barr to release so-called Durham report

Bill Barr. Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

President Trump and his allies are piling extreme pressure on Attorney General Bill Barr to release a report that Trump believes could hurt perceived Obama-era enemies — and view Barr's designation of John Durham as special counsel as a stall tactic, sources familiar with the conversations tell Axios.

Why it matters: Speculation over Barr's fate grew on Tuesday, with just 49 days remaining in Trump's presidency, after Barr gave an interview to the Associated Press in which he said the Justice Department has not uncovered evidence of widespread fraud that could change the election's outcome.

CDC to cut guidance on quarantine period for coronavirus exposure

A health care worker oversees cars as people arrive to get tested for coronavirus at a testing site in Arlington, Virginia, on Tuesday. Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

The CDC will soon shorten its guidance for quarantine periods following exposure to COVID-19, AP reported Tuesday and Axios can confirm.

Why it matters: Quarantine helps prevent the spread of the coronavirus, which can occur before a person knows they're sick or if they're infected without feeling any symptoms. The current recommended period to stay home if exposed to the virus is 14 days. The CDC plans to amend this to 10 days or seven with a negative test, an official told Axios.

  • The CDC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.