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California wildfires kill 10, destroy thousands of properties overnightFast-moving and large-scale wildfires burned through northern California counties on Monday night and were propelled by strong dry winds. Reports by US media outlets cited 10 dead and over 1,500 homes and businesses destroyed as firefighters continue the efforts to control the flames.
Watch: wildfires roaring through northern California
Thousands were evacuated after large-scale wildfires ignited in northern California Monday night. According to reports by US media outlets, at least 10 people died and two sustained critical injuries from the fires while 1,500 buildings were destroyed.
“We are with you,” said US Vice President Mike Pence, who was touring the area on Monday. “I can assure you as I did the governor, that the federal government stands ready to provide any and all assistance to the state of California as your courageous firefighters and first responders confront this widening challenge.”
Police forces are on high alert for possible looting attempts and in Santa Rosa, an overnight curfew was imposed. California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in Napa and Sonoma as well as five other northern California counties. A state of emergency was also declared in Orange Country in southern California.
Images show widespread damage as high flames and heavy smoke cloud the skies. The efforts to control the fires are ongoing but the flames are still fast-moving as the dry strong winds remain problematic.
The authorities repeatedly requested that residents insisting on remaining near the fire-zone evacuate and hospital patients were transferred from the area. According to forecasts, the dry winds will continue and greatly impair the efforts to control the fires.
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