What the California Fires Look Like From Space

13 dead as wildfires torch California wine country, state of emergency declared in eight counties

13 dead as wildfires torch California wine country, state of emergency declared in eight counties

It started in Napa County near Calistoga, but is the fire that is responsible for raving the city of Santa Rosa, the county seat of Sonoma County.

The fires also claimed the lives of two people in Napa County, three in Mendocino County and one in Yuba County, according to Cal Fire.

"We're hearing the worst and expecting the best", she said. "It is very dynamic". "But because there is fire on the ground, because there are areas still smoldering, because there are still embers unattended, this wind could feed" additional fires, "sending those embers out in the fuels to kick up again".

He said that autumn - when summer heat has dried out brush - is the most risky time of the year for wildfires in the state, adding that California was still feeling the effects of five years of drought.

Helicopters and air tankers were being used to hold back the shifting fire line that threatened to move on communities without warning.

State fire spokesman Daniel Berlant said 22 wildfires were burning Wednesday, up from 17 the day before. Some 170,000 acres were burning.

He said: "All these fires are under investigation".

In Sonoma, 11 people are reported to have died. The toll of death and destruction is expected to rise. "The devastation is enormous", he said.

The smoke may linger for days, underscoring the need for people to stay indoors as much as possible and avoid strenuous exercise in smoky areas, air regulators cautioned.

In 2016, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection also filed a lawsuit against PG&E to pay $90 million in firefighting costs. "Thursday night through early Saturday", the statement warned, adding that the conditions will create the risk of fires breaking out and rapidly burgeoning.

Speaking to NPR's David Greene, Cox said, "Late season fires are always hard, because you're contending with very dry fuel moistures". "That just shows that no one is safe anywhere around here".

"The spread of the fire and predictions on the wind and seeing what we've seen had happen throughout our neighboring communities, obviously want to absolutely err on the side of caution here", he said.

As a result, many people turned to social media, posting pleas such as "Looking for my Grandpa Robert", "We are looking for our mother Norma" or "I can't find my mom".

An aerial view of homes that were destroyed by wildfire in Santa Rosa, Calif.

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President Donald Trump on Tuesday approved a major disaster declaration, clearing the way for federal help with the disaster, saying that "the federal government will stand with the people of California".

"She's spunky, she's sweet, she loves bingo and she loves the beach, she loves her family", Jessica Tunis, crying, told the AP. "Just some pictures. I ran to my neighbor's [house] to wake them up, and they barely made it out by the time the flames had taken over our street". Great state. Especially with those in Napa.

"A fire starting after 10 o'clock at night, under 50-plus miles per hour winds, under absolutely dry, dry fuel beds, every one of those fires had a fighting chance to get going long before our firefighters could even be able to get there". Jerry Brown said at a news conference Wednesday, alongside the state's top emergency officials.