Parts of Northern California’s wine country have been completely destroyed in forest fires that have spread across the region. The incident has already killed 11 people according to official reports.
A state of emergency has been issued in parts of Northern California, with mass evacuations taking place after the fire ravaged more than 1500 properties across the northern area of the state.
Around 20,000 people evacuated from Napa, Sonoma, and Yuba counties in response to what is the state’s worst wildfire on record.
Although forest fires such as this are more common in southern parts of California, a combination of dry weather and strong winds have fuelled this destruction in the north.
“These fires have destroyed structures and continue to threaten thousands of homes, necessitating the evacuation of thousands of residents,” Governor Jerry Brown said, declaring the emergency.
There is very little sign that the weather in the days to come will bring an end to these ravaging wildfires, more tinder-dry conditions are expected in the forecast, with little-to-no chance of rain.
Meanwhile, in southern California, a separate wildfire incident burnt 24 homes and other buildings in the wealthy Anaheim Hills area of Orange County, leading to thousands of residents evacuating the area.
Featured Image Credits: AP Photo/Jeff Chiu