High Winds Expected as Northern CA Firefight Continues

High Winds Expected as Northern CA Firefight Continues

Steady winds with gusts up to 45mph (72kph) with almost non-existent humidity are expected to descend on the areas north of San Francisco where at least 23 people have died and at least 3,500 homes and businesses have been destroyed.

In the aftermath, the SF Business Times brings us this montage of mostly drone footage of Santa Rosa, and the burned areas around Coffey Park and the Fountaingrove neighborhood, including the Hilton Sonoma Wine Country hotel, which was completely destroyed.

Northern California's raging wildfires continued to spread Wednesday, fanned by stiff winds that forced new evacuations in a widening circle of damage. Appealing yesterday to President Donald Trump for federal aid, Governor Brown said the "devastation and disruption caused by these fires is extraordinary".

From just last night, Tuesday, we have this video of a Sonoma County Sheriff's deputy driving through the heart of the Tubbs Fire where it was spreading, up Franz Valley Road and into Calistoga, across the Napa County line.

Though the National Weather Service said there are a few small fires burning in Idaho, none of them are big enough to cause this much haze. He said he regretted that he hadn't stayed, like his neighbors, standing on the roof with his hose, fighting the fire himself.

A second mixed team, led by a Santa Barbara city battalion chief, consists of two County Fire engines, one Santa Barbara city engine, one Santa Maria engine and one Vandenberg Air Force Base engine.

Petaluma Valley Baptist Church in Petaluma, Calif., coordinated with other churches in its area and determined its facility was not needed as a shelter for some 700 local evacuees, pastor Bob Merwin told BP.

"I don't know, man, the wrath of God is not very happy", Branch said. "We're focused on structure protection and in the fire lines to stop anything else from burning down".

About 1,500 homes and commercial buildings have been destroyed, Ken Pimlott, director of CalFire, told a news conference. Also gone, he said, are his 2016 Corvette, van, Harley motorcycle and other "toys". There are insurance companies to call, doctors to visit and the pressing question of, "What now?" Residents were instructed to use Oakville Grade to get off the mountain. That was the case with Atlas Peak Road residents Glenn and Maria Ng.

For all the lesser foliage that flourished earlier this year, many trees didn't revive - they need a lot more moisture - and a bark-beetle infestation left a swath of dried trunks vulnerable to sparks.

They spent the night in their camper, which they set up on a church's property.

McCallister said that some of those neighbors are the reason she and her husband were able to grab necessities and get out.

"This to me is like a nuclear bomb went off", Larson said near his home.

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