Death Toll In NorCal Fires Climbs To 15, More Than 150 Missing As Looters Ransack Homes

Update (3:10 pm ET): The death toll from the fast-moving wildfires that have raced across eight counties in Northern California since Sunday has risen to 15, with more than 150 people reported missing, according to the Washington Post. And state officials said that toll is likely to rise as the fires' rapid spread took some people by surprise.

But in one hopeful sign, the dry winds that have helped spread the flames have slowed, granting fire fighters a much-needed reprieve.

Daniel Berlant, assistant deputy director for Cal Fire, said winds slowed to single-digit speeds, down from the 50 to 60 mph gusts reported Monday. The National Weather Service expects temperatures in the North Bay Area, which includes at least three counties affected by the fires, to hover between the lower to mid-70s for the rest of the week, with wind gusts of up to 20 mph.


“That’s given us a good opportunity to make progress on these fires,” Berlant said. “We’re hoping to continue to see less wind and cooler temperatures. That combination is a welcome sight compared to what we dealt with just 24 hours ago.”

The improving conditions allowed fire fighters to contain the blazes Tuesday. However, the fires could stil spread. The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning - meant to denote conditions that could help bolster wildfires - for the North Bay Mountains and East Bay Hills.

Meanwhile, it's rapidly becoming apparent that many Napa Valley wineries have suffered catastrophic damage in the fires. Four wineries in the region are reporting "total" losses, while nine others have reported damages.

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As Santa Rosa residents scramble to flee the path of no fewer than 15 major wildfires raging across eight Northern California counties, police in the Sonoma county seat have instituted a sunrise-to-sunset curfew as they crack down on unscrupulous looters who’ve been raiding abandoned homes.

State officials said that 11 people have been confirmed dead. And in a sign that the toll could rise substantially, emergency responders in Sonoma County say they’ve fielded 100 calls from residents reporting missing family members. Meanwhile, more than 100 people were being treated at Napa- and Sonoma-area hospitals for fire-related injuries or health issues, including burns, smoke inhalation and shortness of breath.

Amy Hollyfield, a reporter with a local ABC News affiliate, said she’s spoken with several area residents who say their homes were broken into and robbed after nearby flames forced them to evacuate.

Some individuals are even voluntarily guarding their neighborhoods from looters. The LA Times reports that one off duty detective in Santa Rosa has been waiting on his lawn with his sheriff’s badge hanging around his neck.

Troy Newton first helped warn his neighbors to flee after spotting a “red snake of fire” near his middle class neighborhood.

After sundown Monday, Newton was lying on his side on the lawn outside his home, his sheriff's badge dangling from a lanyard around his neck.


By then, he'd taken on a new responsibility: guarding his evacuated neighborhood from looters and vandals.


"After 25 years as a cop, I know that there are going to be people coming in here to rob our homes," he said. "So I'm gonna sit right here until morning."

In a sign that wine production in the state is facing serious disruptions, Napa Valley Vintners association says most wineries as employees have evacuated and power outages have caused widespread blackouts.

To be sure, fires haven’t been confined to the northern part of the state. The Anaheim Hills fire in Southern California has scorched between 5,000 to 6,000 acres.

But, so far, Santa Rosa has emerged as the worst-hit city as whole neighborhoods have burned to ground, leaving behind a post-apocalyptic scene.

Destroyed landmark buildings in the city included the Fountaingrove Inn, a 124-room hotel; a nearby event center, the Fountaingrove Round Barn; and classrooms at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, The (Santa Rosa) Press Democrat reported. One of Santa Rosa's fire stations was also lost in the fire, according to a post on the Mountain View Fire Department's Facebook account, according to CNN.

One disturbing video depicted the charred remains of the city’s Hidden Valley neighborhood.

More than 20,000 people have been evacuated across Northern California because of the fire. More than 1,500 buildings have been destroyed, and the state’s famous wine country may never be the same. Gov. Jerry Brown placed Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties under a state of emergency early yesterday.

And already, heartbreaking stories about fire-related casualties have begun to emerge.

A Napa couple who died in their home in the Atlas Peak fire had recently celebrated 75 years of marriage, KTVU-TV reported late Monday.

Their granddaughter Ruby Gibney told the station that their home "was quickly ravaged by the fire, and they were unable to get out in time and tragically died." The couple were identified by the station as Sara and Charles "Peach" Rippey. They were 99 and 100 years old, respectively. The Atlas fire, which is blazing across Napa, has claimed more than 50 structures, including homes and barns, according to Napa County Fire Chief Barry Biermann said during a news conference.

Most of the Northern California fires ignited Sunday night, driven by winds of more than 50 mph and dry conditions, Director Ken Pimlott of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Monday. The high winds led to "extreme rates of spread and volatile burning conditions," according to Cal Fire.

CNN reports that winds have decreased throughout the area - 6 to 13 mph was forecast around Santa Rosa – helping to slow the fires ferocious pace and allowing firefighters to contain some of the blazes. "Winds and the fire weather threat will decrease Tuesday in the north, but a threat will remain in Southern California," according to the National Weather Service on Tuesday. Months of little rainfall also helped create the dry conditions that have allowed fires to spread across 60,000 acres.


covfefe MICdotard Never One Roach Tue, 10/10/2017 - 10:57 Permalink

So let me parse this out: - The dindus from Oakland are gonna scamper out to the valley to steal shit- There won't be any 'white police' around to help protect the homes- The libtards who are getting their shit stolen from the dindus will be on social media blasting Trump for blasting Jemele Hill on TWITTER, then all go down to the 49ers game on Sunday and take a knee for the national anthem Did I miss anything? Maybe Colin Kaepernick should call the police to make sure he doesn't get robbed…

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GUS100CORRINA WayBehind Tue, 10/10/2017 - 11:59 Permalink

Curfew Enforced As Looters Ransack Homes In Sonoma County; Death Toll In NorCal Fires Climbs To 11My response: The DOCTRINE of HUMAN DEPRAVITY in FULL BLOOM. The text below pretty much summarizes where all of this "STUFF" is headed.In a society where all lies, all deceptions, all corruptions are accepted, that society will lose control of everything. Chaos will begin to take over, and the only way that chaos will be slowed down will be when dictatorial control, or maybe even a police state is formed, where thought and behavior is fixed, and anybody out of bounds is punished. Eventually, the chaos has to be controlled (CURFEWs and the like). We’re not headed toward socialism; we could very well be headed toward a totalitarian dictatorship in our world. Is this hard to grasp?Quote from American Rep Robert Charles Winthrop stated during the 1800's Men, in a word, must necessarily be controlled, either by a power within them, or by a power without them; either by the word of God, or by the strong arm of man; either by the Bible, or by the bayonet.

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Freddie NoDebt Tue, 10/10/2017 - 11:25 Permalink

Calif spends tens of billions on illegals and wants millions more to flood in.  They spend tens of billions on golden pensions for govt and state workers.A small fraction could have been spent on 100 fire trucks with 1/3 prepositioned in the north, central and south of the state. They could have had volunteer fireman with hose guns on trucks.They could have bought 3 or 4 more air water bomber planes.  Lake Tahoe is 200 miles away or there are other lakes closer.  They could have been air bombing Santa Rosa and other areas every hour.They could have used tax money from that scam shit company Apple who parks all there cash offshore in Nevada to avoid taxes.They could have hired the company in Colorado that does cloud seeding on the ground to create snow at the ski resorts to seed for rain.The state is known for flash fires and Sanata Ana winds that are like a blow torch.Clueless f**king retards.

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hound dog vigilante NoDebt Tue, 10/10/2017 - 12:03 Permalink

 Politically, CA is divided more east/west than north/south... Coastal CA is wildly liberal w/ a few notable conservative areas as outliers (think Orange Co. & San Diego).The Central Valley & rural CA are much more conservative than the coast, but even CA conservatives are somewhat moderate compared to other western conservatives.

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Freddie NoDebt Tue, 10/10/2017 - 11:33 Permalink

NE about 100 + miles is Humboldt county which is the biggest pot hub.  Santa Rosa is more Napa valley with vineyard for grapes.  All of it is absolutely gorgeous areas ruined by insane liberalism.   It is really mind numbing media brainwashing of people in these blue areas.  endless conditioning from birth.I think a combo of the media and education system to brainwash people.

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Snaffew BrokeMiner Tue, 10/10/2017 - 10:54 Permalink

actually, i thiink the fires started because an overpopulated desert region packed with humans consumed all the groundwater and left the entire area to be nothing but crispy dry kindling wood.  Perhsps this is momma natures way of stop sucking my milk dry from my depleted teats you filothy oversonsuming homosapiens!

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