Friday, October 13, 2017

Shocking Images From The Aftermath Of California's Wildfires!!

Ash that resembles snow covers streets and houses in Northern California in overhead images that make clear the devastating destruction caused by wildfires that have been ripping through the area since Sunday night- burning through more than 170,000 acres of land.

Pics taken on Wednesday show the huge plumes of smoke rising from communities ravaged by the fires across California, which have killed 23 people so far in the north and left nearly 300 unaccounted for - as an additional 20,000 across the state have been told to evacuate their homes.

Three days after the fires began firefighters were still unable to gain control of the blazes which have left behind apocalyptic scenes: entire neighborhoods reduced to ash, 3,500 homes and businesses completely destroyed, and some of the worst air pollution the area has ever seen.

Firefighters started to contain the blazes earlier in the week - before gusts of 20 to 40mph winds and extremely dry conditions joined forces on Wednesday, threatening to spread the flames even further.

Among the tens of thousands of properties that have been damaged are Napa's wineries, causing wine to flow life a river under smoldered debris after escaping charred barrels.

Ash that resembles snow covers streets and houses in Northern California in overhead images that make clear the devastation caused by wildfires that have been ripping through the area since Sunday night- burning through more than 170,000 acres of land

Pics taken on Wednesday show the huge plumes of smoke rising from communities ravaged by the fires across California, which have killed 23 people so far in the north and nearly 150 are unaccounted for, and forced 20,000 across the state to evacuate their homes

Pictured is one of the communities that was destroyed in the fires, which started on Sunday and have yet to be fully contained

Satellite images using a Very Near Infrared show the damage from the wildfire - with healthy vegetation appearing red and the burn scar dark brown

Satellite imaging shows the huge devastation caused by the wildfires in northern California. This infrared imaging shows damage in brown, and healthy devastation in red

On Wednesday Cars of evacuees raced away from the flames while countless emergency vehicles raced toward them, sirens blaring. Pictured is an inmate crew headed to clear brush on Wednesday

More than 3,500 homes and businesses were ruined in the fires. A car destroyed by the Tubbs Fire sits on the street on Wednesday as people are just now being allowed back into the area

Three days after the fires began, firefighters were still unable to gain control of the blazes that had turned entire Northern California neighborhoods to ash and destroyed at least 3,500 homes and businesses and polluted air quality in the region. 

Among the dead are a married couple, aged 100 and 99, who were unable to evacuate in time. A deaf-blind woman is also believed to be among the dead.

On Wednesday more than 20,000 had been ordered to evacuate their homes. They were told they should bring 'ready-to-go' bags packed with medicines and important documents in case they have to flee quickly or, once the flames subside, don't have a home to go back to.

Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for Napa, Sonoma, Yuba, Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Nevada and Orange counties and requested a presidential major disaster declaration to help battle at least 18 blazes burning throughout the state.

President Trump has yet to say anything about the matter.

In Sonoma County, which has been one hit the hardest, Sheriff Rob Giordano said they have gotten 600 reports of missing people. They were able to locate 315 of those individuals, and believe many of the 285 unaccounted for will be located once telecommunications are fixed.

However - he also worries how many more bodies he will finds in the days to come.

The series of fires are among the deadliest in the state's history - and caused ash to snow over the Sonoma Valley, covering windshields, as winds begin picking up toward the potentially disastrous forecast speed of 30 mph.

On Wednesday Cars of evacuees raced away from the flames while countless emergency vehicles raced toward them, sirens blaring. Residents manhandled canvas bags into cars jammed with possessions or filled their gas tanks to escape the fires - not knowing when they will be able to return to their homes.

Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for Napa, Sonoma, Yuba, Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Nevada and Orange counties and requested a presidential major disaster declaration to help battle at least 18 blazes burning throughout the state. Pictured are burned homes in the Coffey Park area on Wednesday night

'We're seeing the worst air quality ever recorded in many parts of the Bay Area,' Tom Flannigan, PIO for the Bay Area Quality Management District told SFGate . 'The entire Bay Area population is likely being affected by the smoke.' Pictured residents wear face masks and wait for police to escort them in and out of their homes so they can attempt to salvage ruined belongings

Governor Jerry Brown said at a news conference on Wednesday that the entire state is in for a long recovery period

Whole neighborhoods were leveled, with only brick chimneys and charred appliances to mark sites that were once family homes. Pictured are burnt homes in Santa Rosa California

Flames have raced across the wine-growing region and the scenic coastal area of Mendocino farther north, leaving little more than smoldering ashes and eye-stinging smoke in their wake.

Homes have been completely destroyed in the flames engulfing Northern California this week. Governor Jerry Brown asked for a presidential major disaster declaration to help battle at least 18 blazes burning throughout the state. President Trump has yet to say anything about the matter.

Governor Jerry Brown said at a news conference on Wednesday that the entire state is in for a long recovery period.

'We've had big fired in the past,' he explained. 'This is one of the biggest, most serious. It's not over.'

They said 8,000 firefighters and other personnel were battling the blazes and more resources were pouring in from Oregon, Nevada, Washington and Arizona.

Flames have raced across the wine-growing region and the scenic coastal area of Mendocino farther north, leaving little more than smoldering ashes and eye-stinging smoke in their wake.

Whole neighborhoods were leveled, with only brick chimneys and charred appliances to mark sites that were once family homes.

'We're seeing the worst air quality ever recorded in many parts of the Bay Area,' Tom Flannigan, PIO for the Bay Area Quality Management District told SFGate.

'The entire Bay Area population is likely being affected by the smoke.'

In Southern California, most evacuation orders have been lifted as firefighters successfully battle a wildfire that destroyed 14 buildings, most of them homes.

Thousands of people in Tustin, Orange and Anaheim were allowed to begin returning home Tuesday evening, a day after the blaze erupted in northern Orange County.

Some of the largest of more than a dozen blazes burning over a 200-mile region were in Napa and Sonoma counties, home to dozens of wineries that attract tourists from around the world. They sent smoke as far south as San Francisco, about 60 miles away.

'It looks like a bombing run here,' said winemaker Joe Nielsen of Santa Rosa's Donelan Family Wines, speaking to the San Francisco Chronicle. 'Just chimneys and burnt-out cars and cooked trees.'

'We are literally looking at explosive vegetation,' said Ken Pimlott, chief of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

'It is very dynamic. These fires are changing by the minute in many areas. Make no mistake, this is a serious, critical, catastrophic event.'

The fires have burned through a staggering 265 square miles (686 square kilometers) of urban and rural areas. High winds and low humidity made conditions ideal for fire on the start virtually anywhere on ground that was parched from years of drought.

California mom recalls terrifying moment when wildfire struck.

Damaged wine making vats and tanks due to a wildfire stand in ashes and debris at the production house of Paradise Ridge Winery on Tuesday in Santa Rosa, California

Some of the largest of more than a dozen blazes burning over a 200-mile region were in Napa and Sonoma counties, home to dozens of wineries that attract tourists from around the world. Pictured above, wine making vats at Paradise Ridge Winery in Santa Rosa

A rack of burned bottles of wine are seen at the Signorello Estate winery in Napa, California, after wildfires hit the region this week

Fires continue to burn in and around Napa, California, and smoke from the blazes can be seen as far south as San Francisco, about 60 miles away

Source: DailyMail

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