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Wildfires burn 10,000 structures in California

  • Published at 02:32 pm October 25th, 2020
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File photo: A firefighter works the scene as a truck burns along a property while the Glass fire continues, in Calistoga, California on October 1, 2020 AFP

To date, the total number of fatalities state wide is 31

About 8,700 wildfires and about 10,500 structures have been damaged or destroyed in the US state of California since the beginning of this year, according to the fire summary released by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) on Saturday.

To date, the total number of fatalities state wide is 31 and about 4.13 million acres have burned.

Over 5,300 firefighters are working toward full containment on 21 wildfires in California Saturday, 12 of which remain major incidents, Cal Fire said.

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for much of Northern California starting Sunday due to extreme fire weather. Winds will likely be 20 to 30 mph, with gusts of up to 70 mph. These winds are forecast to be the strongest event this year, according to Cal Fire.

In anticipation of the critical fire weather, Cal Fire said it has increased staffing and has been coordinating with local fire agencies.

Northern California's East Bay Regional Park District will close a number of its facilities out of concern about fire danger, according to a report by the San Francisco Chronicle.

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