California Fires Map: How The Deadly Wildfires Are Spreading

Tens of thousands of firefighters in California were still working Wednesday to contain the blazes spread across the state. Some 12 large wildfires still raged in the Golden State, while more than 245,000 acres of land were already burned as of Tuesday.

At least 41 people were killed as a result of the fire and almost 6,000 structures, including homes, have been destroyed, according to the latest summary from Cal Fire. The 36,000-acre Tubbs Fire in Sonoma and Napa counties is 82 percent contained, while Sonoma County’s 53,000-acre Nuns Fire is 68 percent contained.

While some of the displaced have been allowed to return to their homes in recent days, 34,000 people remain under evacuation orders.

“Just over the last 24 hours, we have repopulated 13,945 homes and 36,225 people,” Sonoma County Sheriff Rob Giordano told reporters Tuesday. “That’s at a pretty brisk pace, you might say, and about as fast as we can do it.”

Some 100 people remained unaccounted for in Napa and Sonoma Counties, the Mercury News reported Tuesday. It was unclear how many of those people were duplicate names or just couldn’t get in touch with family and friends or whether they were actually missing.

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. Some rain was expected later in the week, potentially helping to subdue the fires.

Even when all evacuees are allowed to return home, however, they’ll have to contend with potentially toxic ash and debris left behind by the fires. Others will return to nothing left of their homes and communities.

“This is truly one of the greatest, if not the greatest, tragedies California has ever faced,” Gov. Jerry Brown said Saturday. “The devastation is just unbelievable. It’s a horror that no one could have imaged.”

California Fire Yuba County, along with other counties in California went up in flames, following a Cascade Fire. Smoke and flame rise from the Hilton Sonoma Wine Country during the Tubbs Fire in Santa Rosa, California, Oct. 9, 2017. Photo: REUTERS/Stephen Lam


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