Photos: Winds Whip New Terror Into Deadly California Wildfires

Gusting winds and dry air forecast for Thursday could drive the next wave of devastating wildfires that are already well on their way to becoming the deadliest and most destructive in California history.

Winds up to 45 mph were expected to pummel areas north of San Francisco where at least 23 people have died and at least 3,500 homes and businesses have been destroyed. The conditions could erase modest gains made by firefighters.

"It's going to continue to get worse before it gets better," state fire Chief Ken Pimlott said Wednesday.

Entire cities had evacuated in anticipation of the next round of flames, their streets empty, the only motion coming from ashes falling like snowflakes.

Source : http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-california-wildfires-20171011-story.html

A 'catastrophic event': Winds whip new terror into deadly California wildfires
Winds whip new terror into deadly California wildfires
Photos: Winds whip new terror into deadly California wildfires
Winds whip new terror into deadly California wildfires
Winds whip new terror into deadly California wildfires