Thousands of California residents were left homeless, and about 31 people reported dead after a massive wildfire swept through California. Sonoma County was one of the places that was worst hit by the inferno claiming more than half of the total deaths. The tragedy that happened this week sums up as the worst the country has ever experienced since 1933.According to the California department of forestry and fire protection; firefighters were still battling 21 wildfires in nearby counties as of Thursday morning. The presence of strong winds has claimed more than 190,000 acres and destroyed over 3500 structures leaving more than 20,000 residents homeless.
Containment measures are underway, and the weather condition is expected to improve in time. Also, with the limited resources needed to combat the fire, neighboring Washington and Nevada State, as well as federal agencies are assisting with any available resource at their disposal. According to Mark Ghilarducci, the director of California governor’s office of emergency service, they are still in search of additional support from states such as New Mexico, Arizona, South Carolina and Montana. As of Thursday morning, Sonoma County could not account for more than 400 people with over one thousand missing reports filed since the blaze started.
The ravaging inferno left close to 7,000 Napa residents without power with five people arrested for looting in evacuation areas. According to the Santa Rosa police department, out of the five individuals arrested and charged with different offenses three were Santa Rosa residents. Among those facing charges is a 28-year-old man who was found with narcotics as well as two stolen bikes. Apart from over 2834 homes destroyed, the city of Santa Rosa also lost vital infrastructure including a fire station. With a mandatory evacuation notice in effect residents in the affected areas have been warned not to go home until further communication is made.
Apart from the main blaze in Sonoma, Solano, and Napa counties, there are other fires that are posing as a threat to the state. For example, the Pressley and Patrick, Nuns and Atlas fires are associated with the Napa, Sonoma and Solano inferno. Road closure and mandatory evacuation are underway in Napa and Solano counties, which is the heart of California’s wine industry. Atlas fire, in particular, has scorched over 43,000 acres since the blaze began on Sunday night. As of Wednesday night, only three percent of the blaze was contained with the blaze destroying over 125 structures.