Oct 9, 2017

Wildfires whip through Northern California

A guest looks on as the Hilton Sonoma Wine Country hotel burns. Photo: Jeff Chiu / AP

"More than a dozen wildfires whipped by powerful winds swept through California wine country Monday," per the AP. The fires have so far destroyed at least 1,500 homes and businesses and forced 20,000 people to flee for safety.

The scale
  • California's fire chief told the AP the fires are "burning throughout an eight-county swath of Northern California, including Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties." Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency in Napa, Sonoma and Yuba.
  • "Smoke from the fires drifted into the Bay Area, into San Francisco [which is 60 miles south of the fires] and as far south as San Jose," the LA Times reports.
  • "It was an inferno like you've never seen before," Marian Williams told the AP. "Trees were on fire like torches."
The numbers

Per the LA Times:

  • At least 300 firefighters are battling the blazes, which are burning with winds up to 70 mph
  • 45,000 people are without power and/or cell service in Napa and Sonoma counties.
  • 3 evacuation centers in Napa are almost at capacity.
From the scene
A firefighter monitors a house burning in Santa Rosa, California. Photo: Jeff Chiu / AP

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser issued stay-at-home orders on Monday, with exceptions for residents engaged in essential services, including health care and government functions.

The big picture: The states and territory are the latest to announce policies to enforce social distancing, which have affected almost 250 million Americans. More than 1.5 billion people worldwide had been asked to stay home as of last week.

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