Fast-moving wildfires tore through the Napa Valley region of Northern California on Monday, killing at least 10 people and destroying homes and businesses overnight.
More than 20,000 people have been evacuated as more than a dozen fires were sparked in a 12-hour span across the state, officials said. According to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, two people were seriously injured by the firestorm in Northern California.
Two hospitals and senior-living facilities also had to be evacuated.
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Sonoma County Sheriff officials confirmed in a Facebook post that at least seven people were killed as a result of the fire, where more than 7,000 acres were scorched.
One person was killed in Mendocino County, where the Redwood Complex fire has burned in about 10,000 acres, as reported by Cal Fire officials . Another two people were confirmed dead in fire in Napa County, where 28,000 acres of area got burned.
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The fire moved quickly through much of California’s wine country, too quickly for authorities to be able to reach everyone who needed to get out, authorities said.
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“There were areas where there just wasn’t enough time to give an evacuation notice because the fire spread rapidly,” Mendocino County Sheriff’s Capt. Gregory Van Patten told the San Francisco Chronicle. “A lot of the area was overcome before we got ourselves injected in the situation.”