Grim search of charred homes — Fires in California

Posted Octubre 15, 2017

Sonoma County Sheriff Robert Giordano said he expects the death toll in California's massive wildfires to increase Thursday as cadaver dogs began searching for hundreds of missing people.

Firefighters reported their first progress in containing the fires Friday, but officials expected the winds on Saturday to test whether those gains could last.

Moore says he has hardly slept this week. The winds aren't helping.

Part of the passion to stay comes from the fact that many of those fighting the fires make their homes and livelihood in the area.

And that figure is likely to rise, authorities said.

California's fire protection chief has warned that devastating wildfires could worsen again over the weekend due to dry air and strengthening winds. Smoke would have to be heavy and sustained to do much damage and even then, she said, the harm would be limited to the fruit, not the vines or soil.

"They're actually getting forced to shut down". "We've found bodies that are nothing more than ashes and bones". Wild gusts that fueled the fires were up to 50 mph (80 kmh).

"I have asthma and allergies, and my chest really hurts", said Beatriz Lerma, a white face mask over her mouth and nose in a clinic at an evacuation centre in Petaluma, west of the fires.

AT&T has deployed mobile cell sites to Santa Rosa, Willits and the Napa Town & County Fairgrounds to connect customers and emergency responders who have been without wireless service and connectivity since early Monday.

"We are concerned about red flag warnings. The entire Bay Area population is likely being affected by the smoke", Tom Flannigan, of the Bay Area Quality Air Management District, said. "Drier fuels will mean it's easier for fires to start and spread". Napa CHP reminded non-residents to avoid the area so crews could get through.

As for how the firefighters are doing emotionally, McLean said: "Firefighters pick this profession to assist the citizens of California". Firefighters are reporting modest but solid progress. "Go!" the Sonoma County deputy yells to drivers who are hesitating and moving slowly as they flee.

The Tubbs Fire near Calistoga and Santa Rosa has burned 35,270 acres and is 44 percent contained. Gusty winds sparked a new large wildfire in Lake County. More than 190,000 acres (77,000 hectares) of land have been scorched, an area almost equivalent to the size of New York City.

Plants take in carbon dioxide, which they need to survive, through tiny pores in their leaves called stomates. The fire is 46,104 acres and 10 percent contained.

Generally, lightning occurs more frequently in hot weather than cold weather. "We'd see it coming", Winter says optimistically. Both are growing in number. "It was just finding where they were". And the researchers say that future warming may cause more storms, more lightning and potentially more fires in the northern regions. The city of 175,000 people was one of the hardest hit.

California governor Jerry Brown said he planned to visit the area with two US senators on Saturday.

Bulldozer driver Jake Moore from Eureka is blunt about the challenging terrain as a boss ahead of him hangs ribbon to guide the machines up the hill.

At Sonoma Valley High School, the parking lot was packed with cars and vans. In colder regions, this also means that snow is melting sooner.