More than 10,000 firefighters are battling the massive wildfires in California, which have already claimed the lives of 40 people. The death toll is expected to climb due to the high number of missing persons.

Watch: Footage from California

Can’t see video? – Click Here

The massive wildfires in California have claimed the lives of 40 people, the local authorities announced early Sunday morning. Due to the high number of missing persons, the death toll is expected to climb again over the next few days.

More than 10,000 firefighters, assisted by firefighting aircraft and helicopters, have been working over the past week to contain the flames. However, the strong winds are making it hard for the firefighters to gain control over the blazes. Rescue teams are providing food and shelter to the many residents who lost their homes or were forced to evacuate.

Wildfires in California

Wildfires in California Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Due to the wildfires, which have been called the deadliest fires in California’s history, more than 10,000 people were evacuated from their homes. Last night, 3,000 more were forced to leave their homes after the wind directions changed, causing the fires to spread to new areas.

“This is truly one of the greatest tragedies that California has ever faced,” stated California Governor Jerry Brown during a press conference. “The devastation is just unbelievable. It is a horror that no one could have imagined.”