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

Early Wednesday, the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office issued additional mandatory evacuation orders.

Officials say trucks are bringing fuel into inaccessible areas and helping fuel emergency vehicles directly from the trucks. Seven deaths were reported in Sonoma County, three in Mendocino County, two in Napa County and one in Yuba County and the governor said "emergency responders anticipate the number of fatalities could grow".

Emmanuel Perez took a touching photo of this sign in Santa Rosa thanking the firefighters for their work.

Death toll in the wildfire that swept through northern California, has risen to 21 as hundreds of firefighters are still battling the flames in multiple areas of the region. In Napa and Solano counties, the Atlas Fire was at 26,000 acres and was only 3 percent contained.

More than 15,000 acres of land, including vineyards, in more than eight Northern California counties were engulfed by the flames of several combining fires, Tuesday.

"Right now, I don't know", Paul Lowenthal, assistant fire marshal for the Santa Rosa Fire Department, said shortly before 5 p.m. "Hopefully, the answer is yes". "We can't even get into most areas".

Speaking to NPR's David Greene, Cox said, "Late season fires are always hard, because you're contending with very dry fuel moistures".

At least 13 people were killed by the Tubbs fire in Sonoma County alone, officials said, two more than were reported earlier in the day. A local subdivision that housed 7,000 people was leveled by fire. Air tankers dropped 266,000 gallons of retardant from the skies Monday. "And we will be there for you in this time of awful tragedy and need".

According to The Mercury News, aerial photographer Douglas Thron was shooting video of Coffey Park, a neighborhood devastated by the recent fires, when he noticed the clean, white USPS truck.

Just as firefighters seem to be getting the upper hand on that monster home-destroying blaze in Orange County, weather forecasters had some bad news Wednesday: Hot, dry Santa Ana winds are coming and that means increasing fire danger.

"We're not focused a whole lot on actual containment", he said. "So, there will be the possibility of critical fire weather conditions".

Due to changing wind patterns in the forecast, the National Weather Service also said that the smoke should clear out within the next few days. He also said deputies have stopped escorting people into evacuation areas to retrieve medications.

"I've heard some very harrowing stories."
As we've learned since, whether the causes related to downed or sparking power lines or there were other factors involved, the little known and somewhat uncommon Diablo winds are clearly to blame for how big and how fast these fires became.

In neighborhood after neighborhood, Wine Country residents returned home Tuesday to find utter devastation.

At least 2000 homes have been destroyed.

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