California [U.S.A.], Oct 11 (ANI):Wildfires raging across broad swaths of Northern California have killed at least 17 people, hospitalised hundreds, and destroyed an estimated 2,000 buildings, as hundreds of firefighters battled to control the flames. "The bottom line is we have a hot shower, a bathroom and a bed and blankets", said wildfire evacuee from Sonoma, Eric Morrison. A colleague of mine was posting that so far it is the equivalent of four Vancouvers that have been affected by the fires. "The wine industry is renowned for working together and never has that been more apparent than in these frightening times".
The ferocious fires that started Sunday leveled entire neighborhoods in parts of Sonoma and Napa counties. Michael died more than two years ago at the age of 31 from colon cancer.
FOX8 talked to firefighters who say conditions in the Triad are better than last year, meaning it's not as dry, but it's not enough for you to ignore preparing for a wildfire.
"We are literally looking at explosive vegetation", Pimlott said.
Officials were concerned that the many separate blazes would merge into larger infernos.
The ash rained down on Sonoma Valley, covering windshields, as winds picked up.
At least 40,000 customers are without power in the Santa Rosa area, he said.
Having just finished the Teanaway Fire northeast of Cle Elum on Tuesday, the 20-member Ahtanum hand crew left for Northern California early Thursday morning, said state Department of Natural Resources spokesman Joe Smillie.
Local animal shelters, which are helping people keep their pets safe, also need financial support: Humane Society of Sonoma County: sonomahumane.org, Humane Society of Napa County: napahumane.org, and Yuba-Sutter SPCA: yubasutterspca.org. "I'm proud to wear his tools and keep them on the steel", Hansen said.
In Southern California, cooler weather and moist ocean air helped firefighters gain ground against a wildfire that has scorched nearly 14 square miles. But there's something special about the tools as they belonged to another iron worker named, Michael Ewing - Michael and David Ewing's son.
Orange County fire officials said the blaze was 60 percent contained.
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