10 people killed in California’s wine region by fast-spreading fires in the United States.
Authorities said 7 people were killed in Sonoma, two in Napa and one in Mendocino counties when a spate of wildfires fanned by strong winds swept through northern California’s wine country on day.
Authorities also said about 20,000 people fled from these counties after state’s worst-ever wildfires broke out. State officials said, two hospitals were forced to evacuate in Sonoma County.
The head of California’s Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Kim Pimlott, said that about 1,500 buildings had already been destroyed in the fire.
The Governor of California, Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for Napa, Sonoma,Yuba and four more northern California counties as well as Orange County in Southern California.
Spokesman for the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services,Brad Alexander, said the death toll could climb higher.
The National Weather Service has issued a warning for the San Francisco area that any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly.