Global News

Northern California Wildfires, Calls to Evacuate Grow

Northern California Wildfires, Calls to Evacuate Grow

Thousands more people were being evacuated as some of the worst wildfires in California's history swept through wine country, leaving a trail of smoldering destruction and a death toll of at least 23. Some 170,000 acres were burning.

"It's one of the things you have to work through - you get that relief but then you have that follow-on fall where conditions are ripe for fires to be extreme", said Mike Anderson, the California state climatologist in Sacramento.

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. He said he regretted that he hadn't stayed, like his neighbors, standing on the roof with his hose, fighting the fire himself.

Flames were spread rapidly by hot, dry "Diablo" winds - similar to Southern California's Santa Ana winds - that blew into northern California toward the Pacific on Sunday night.

The cause of the Northern California fires has not been determined, according to media reports.

"That is definitely a possibility", he told Reuters.

"We have had big fires in the past".

Samsung VR7000 Star Wars limited edition Powerbots use the CycloneForce, Luke
There are two models to choose from, one that looks like Darth Vader's mask and another that resembles a Stormtrooper. They are available for pre-order from Samsung's website today and will be released on November 5th.

With 21 wildfires now burning in California, agencies throughout the state are pouring assistance into the devastated areas, and four strike teams and a bulldozer from this county are among them, said Mike Eliason, public information officer for Santa Barbara County Fire Department.

The latest round of evacuations comes after 20,000 people were ordered to leave when the fires broke out earlier this week.

Officials, offering a glimmer of hope for those desperately searching for friends and family, said they believe many of those reported missing will be found alive because chaotic evacuations and poor communications over the past few days have stymied search efforts.

One strike team, led by a battalion chief from Santa Barbara City Fire Department, is fighting the Atlas fire that's burned 42,349 acres in Napa and Solano counties. Blocks of some neighborhoods were almost obliterated with nothing left but charred debris, broken walls, chimneys and the steel frames of burned-out cars.

Murphy, five relatives, a bird, a dog and two cats piled into their camper van to flee on Monday, he said. While the winds faded in strength on October 10, they were back in force on October 11, along with lower humidity levels.

The investigation remains "very early in the process", Ken Pimlott, director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, said Tuesday. These fires were driven by the critically dry fuel bed.

"The historic wind event that swept across PG&E's service area late Sunday and early Monday packed hurricane-strength winds in excess of 75 miles per hour in some cases", Pacific Gas and Electric Co. said in a statement.


  • 1.01 is MGM Resorts International's (NYSE:MGM) Institutional Investor Sentiment

    Stifel Financial Corp's holdings in MGM Resorts International were worth $3,671,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC. On Monday, Shares of MGM Resorts International ( NYSE: MGM ) expressed a change of 0.00% and closed its trade at $30.81.
    It's Prime Time: Amazon Offers New Prime Student Monthly Plan

    It's Prime Time: Amazon Offers New Prime Student Monthly Plan

    Analysts say by essentially establishing an online allowance, Amazon has found a way to lure in the next generation of consumers. On this page, there's now a new option to add a teen, as well as configure the settings associated with their account.
    Turkey, US to meet to resolve visa row: deputy PM

    Turkey, US to meet to resolve visa row: deputy PM

    On Tuesday, a Pentagon spokesman said the spat had not affected North Atlantic Treaty Organisation or USA military ties with Turkey.
  • Jason Aldean returns to Las Vegas to visit shooting victims

    Jason Aldean returns to Las Vegas to visit shooting victims

    You have helped us try to begin the healing process by seeing the strength each one of you have. Watch the full clip of his Saturday Night Live performance above.

    Zacks Investment Research Downgrades Advantage Oil & Gas Ltd (AAV) to Sell

    Therefore 65% are positive. 11/29/2016 - Advantage Oil & Gas Ltd had its "buy" rating reiterated by analysts at TD Securities. Jefferies maintained the stock with "Buy" rating in Monday, September 25 report. (NYSE:CBL) rating on Tuesday, May 23.
    Sensex gains 70 points, Nifty above 10000

    Sensex gains 70 points, Nifty above 10000

    The September quarter earnings season is expected to be subdued due to the impact of the Goods and Services Tax (GST). Japan's Nikkei rose 0.47 per cent while Hong Kong's Hang Seng moved up 0.17 per cent in early trade today.
  • Rally For Puerto Rico Planned Wednesday At The Capitol

    Rally For Puerto Rico Planned Wednesday At The Capitol

    The vast majority of the island remains without power and a good portion without clean drinking water. Army Reservist moves boxes of disaster relief aid in Adjuntas, Puerto Rico, on October 6.
    Princess Nokia Throws Soup At Racist Subway Passenger

    Princess Nokia Throws Soup At Racist Subway Passenger

    She then boots Frasqueri onto the platform with a kick after ordering him to "get off the train". Lawson addressed his racist outburst on Facebook in a post Gothamist captured in a screenshot.
    Lufthansa to sign deal with bankrupt Air Berlin

    Lufthansa to sign deal with bankrupt Air Berlin

    Lufthansa declined to say whether it was set to sign a deal, saying only it was confident it would meet the deadline for negotiations.
  • Harvey Weinstein: Matt Damon denies 'killing' 2004 story

    Harvey Weinstein: Matt Damon denies 'killing' 2004 story

    Hemsworth said he brought his Thor: Ragnarok co-star Mark Ruffalo and director Taika Waititi with him to the show. However, surprisingly, actor Matt Damon showed up to distort the peaceful environment.
    Opposition is calling for a halt in announcing Liberia's presidential election results

    Opposition is calling for a halt in announcing Liberia's presidential election results

    Global observers say Tuesday's vote went smoothly despite late starts in some counties. If there is a runoff election it will come two weeks after that announcement.
    Area Fires Cause Bad Air Quality in Solano County

    Area Fires Cause Bad Air Quality in Solano County

    Also in Napa County, the Atlas Fire spread to 25,000 acres and the Patrick Fire burned up 1,000 acres. The Redwood Complex fire in Mendocino County has burned at least 29,000 acres.