23 people have died as a result of enraged wildfires that have engulfed parts of California. According to authorities, the “wildfires are getting worse” within Northern California’s wine country.
Just three days after the wildfires began attacking parts of Sanoma and Napa Valley authorities have confirmed that the wildfires are likely to deteriorate even more parts of California’s wine district.
According to Sonoma Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Spencer Crum,
“It’s actually getting worse.”
“The winds have picked up today, and we have more evacuations.”
Outrageous wildfires have been running rapid in Sonoma, Napa and neighboring California counties since late Sunday. According to the Sonoma Sheriff’s Office, at least 23 people have died and more than 100 others were left injured in the rapidly spreading wildfires that have also left hundreds missing.
Mandatory evacuations have forced thousands of residents out of their homes. Strong wind conditions on Wednesday caused flames to spread even further and caused more evacuations as authorities have fears of small fires joining with the bigger ones.
Cal Fire public information officer Jerry Fernandez explained how the wildfires are at “zero percent containment,”
“I’ve been in the fire service for over 30 years, and I’m horrified at what I’ve seen,”
“We are at the worst conditions you could have right now,” Fernandez said.
Victims have also been opening up about having “lost everything”.
“We lost everything ― three cars. We took the cats, some paperwork, but that’s it,” said 26-year old Maryanne Rahab
“What’s next? I don’t know,” she added. “It’s one hour at a time, because even one day is too much.”
20-year-old Kat Keller spoke with reporters while searching through the rubble in hopes of finding one of her cats who disappeared during the evacuation.
“We lost everything,” Keller said. “Everything I have ever owned: baby photos, family videos, it’s all gone. I’m just glad my family made it out alive.”
Keller also explained to HuffPost about the importance of having renter’s insurance.
“I know someone in Coffey Park who rented for 30 years and didn’t have renter’s insurance,” Keller said. “So she has nothing now. People who didn’t have insurance… I’m really grateful our family gets our home rebuilt eventually, but a lot of people don’t have that.”
Check out some of the damage caused by the raging wildfires.