California fires: At least 10 confirmed dead as thousands flee huge blazes engulfing state

California fires: At least 10 confirmed dead as thousands flee huge blazes engulfing stateHuge wind-fanned wildfires in California wine country killed at least 10 people, destroyed thousands of buildings and drove mass evacuations, forcing many people to flee the advancing flames in the dead of night. Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for three affected counties, writing that the blazes had “damaged critical infrastructure, threatened thousands of homes and caused the evacuation of residents”. On a day when dozens of fires burned around California, powerful winds helped whip up multiple conflagrations in an area known for the vineyards clinging to its rolling hills.



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