Published: Thu, October 19, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

California Wildfire Map Shows Where Fires Are Still Burning

California Wildfire Map Shows Where Fires Are Still Burning

Crews fought their way across rugged, steep terrain on Tuesday in a push to gain full control of the deadliest wildfires in California history, as search-and-rescue teams picked through an ashy moonscape of destroyed homes looking for victims.

However, a return of dry air, heat and areas of gusty winds could once again raise the wildfire danger early next week, meteorologists said.

"It's unfortunate we keep adding people to the list (of fatalities)", Giordano said.

In the city of Santa Rosa, there have been 18 arrested for theft, burglary and looting, police Chief Hank Shreeder said.

Vineyards, which mainly occupy the valley floor, appear to have been largely unscathed as the fires in Napa County burned mainly in the hillsides, McGaughy said.

The wildfires are California's deadliest on record, surpassing the 29 fatalities from the Griffith Park fire of 1933 in Los Angeles.

Tens of thousands of people who fled the flames in Sonoma County and elsewhere have been allowed to return home, with about 40,000 still displaced. An inmate firefighter was treated for smoke inhalation. At least 43 people have died in the series of fires that have struck Northern California since last week.

Misti Harris, a spokeswoman for Sonoma County, says the department is working on identifying the person.

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Kevin Klotter, who owns Valley Quail Vineyard in Mendocino County, said his home and two barns were burned to the ground on his 6.5-acre (2.63-hectare) property, but that he had managed to harvest 22 tons of grapes before the fire fame.

About 60 people remain unaccounted for in Sonoma and Napa counties as of Tuesday. "They're not going easy, but we're getting them".

Yuba County, along with other counties in California went up in flames, following a Cascade Fire.

Officials said decreased winds would allow firefighters to continue to make progress in containing the fires, though high temperatures and low humidity could pose obstacles.

Half of the 53 missing person reports are for homeless people, and Crum does not believe they perished in fires because they did not live in the hardest-hit areas.

The Tubbs fire near the community of Calistoga was 82 percent contained as of Tuesday afternoon and the Atlas fire to the southeast was 77 percent contained, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire), the state's firefighting agency.

Even before fire wiped out the home she rented for 17 years, Suzanne Finzell had thought about leaving this city on the edge of the San Francisco Bay Area because of rising prices.

The fires are blamed for the loss of 41 lives and at least 5,700 structures.

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