SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA (WBRE/WYOU-TV) Fast moving deadly wildfires in Northern California’s wine country have devastated much of the area.
As fire crews are gaining ground on these massive fires — the scope of the destruction is becoming more apparent. Eyewitness News Kristin Price was live at 11 pm in San Francisco with details.
The smoke is heavy in the San Francisco Bay tonight. Air quality here is unhealthy. Fourteen fires are burning about an hour north of San Francisco. Several people have died. And hundreds other are missing. Carolyn Elliott left her Santa Rosa home yesterday. “Basically, we left with the clothes on our back.”
A few hours later, she found out her home was destroyed.
Fourteen fast moving wildfires in eight counties burned two-thousand homes and businesses. Another 20-thousand still in harms way.
Fire officials say more than a dozen people are dead — a hundred others injured. And two-hundred people are missing.
Vice President Mike Pence announced a federal disaster declaration for the state to assist in the wildfire response. “This declaration will allow FEMA to identify, mobilize and provide additional equipment and resources to assist with the emergency.”
The focus now on increasing containment and helping those affected.
. The cause is under investigation.