The Recent Wildfire in California has Claimed 31 Lives

The number of people who have died as a result of the most recent wildfire in Northern California stands at 31. The wildfire is considered the most destructive having destroyed at least 3,500 structures and rendering more than 20,000 people homeless. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection reveals that the fire has destroyed more than 190,000 acres of land. 17 of the 31 deaths were reported in Sonoma County, eight from Mendocino County, four from Yuba County, while two were from Napa County. The destruction at Santa Rose which is hardest hit by the fire has left many surprised. Mayor Chris Coursey of Santa Rose has revealed that in the city alone, 2,834 homes went down to ruins. The fire did not spare the newest fire station in the city located on Foutaingrove Parkway.

The county sheriffs identified 10 people who succumbed to burns in the Sonoma County. The average age of the 10 individuals whose names were revealed is 75. This is revealing the danger that the seniors as well as those individuals who live with disabilities, living in areas with poor network reception are in. As at Thursday, the whereabouts of 400 people was unknown. Sonoma County Sheriff Robert Giordano revealed that the number of missing persons to have been reported was 1,000. However, 600 have been safely relocated. He assured everyone that his team is doing all that is in their power to locate all the missing individuals and unite them with their loved ones. There seems to be some light at the end of the tunnel, given that the wind is expected to be milder as more firefighters from the entire California help in containing the fire.

Amid all the uncertainty caused by the wildfire, at least five individuals have been arrested by the Sonoma County Sheriffs for looting in the evacuated areas. Among the five was a 28-year-old man who was found with two stolen bikes. Orders of mandatory evacuation have been issued and residents being warned against returning until they are ordered to. Sheriff Robert Giordano said that life is of much more value than property. The evacuation order for Silverado Country Club, California 128, the Avenues, Monticello Park as well as west Silverado trail was lifted by Thursday evening. The Cal Fire spokesman Mr. Cordova says that it may take more than a week before the displaced persons can heal and begin building.


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