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Family of 4 Runs For Their Lives From California Wildfire, Only Two Survive

Family of 4 Runs For Their Lives From California Wildfire, Only Two SurviveA California family loses two children trying to outrun wildfire.



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'She Just Lost It.' See a Family Reunite With Their Dog After Losing Their Home in Wildfire

'She Just Lost It.' See a Family Reunite With Their Dog After Losing Their Home in WildfireThe family thought their beloved pup had been killed in the fire



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Student Flees Wildfire On Bike Carrying 70-Pound Dog In Duffel Bag

Student Flees Wildfire On Bike Carrying 70-Pound Dog In Duffel BagA college student who fled the deadly wildfire that swept through Santa Rosa, California, on Monday night would never leave her dog behind.



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California wildfire 'blast' kills teen, injures his family

California wildfire 'blast' kills teen, injures his familyWhen flames swept over the mountain like a "nuclear blast," Paul Hanssen ran from his burning home, a water-soaked towel around his head and dog by his side, and took shelter in a trailer. He waited nervously for two long hours as winds howled and embers flew by.



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Terrifying Body Cam Footage Shows Deputy Driving Through Raging California Wildfire

Terrifying Body Cam Footage Shows Deputy Driving Through Raging California WildfireAs a wildfire closed in and thick smoke clogged the air, the sky an angry red, the sheriff’s deputy told a dispatcher that the road he was on had become “nearly impassable.”



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Couple Survives Deadly California Wildfire by Seeking Shelter in Neighbor’s Pool for 6 Hours

Couple Survives Deadly California Wildfire by Seeking Shelter in Neighbor’s Pool for 6 HoursA couple survived the deadly California wildfire by spending sixed hours submerged in their neighbor’s pool



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Scorched earth: Aerial views of California wildfire aftermath

Scorched earth: Aerial views of California wildfire aftermathThe fires, which began on Sunday, have swept through California's wine country, leaving dozens of people dead, thousands homeless and burning over 190,000 acres (76,000 hectares) of land.



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Grim search for bodies begins as California wildfire death toll reaches 31

Grim search for bodies begins as California wildfire death toll reaches 31The death toll from raging California wildfires rose to 31 late on Thursday as body recovery teams used cadaver dogs to locate victims, making it the deadliest series of blazes in the state's history. The grim search began on Thursday for more dead in parts of California wine country devastated by the wildfires, resorting in some cases to serial numbers stamped on medical implants to identify remains that turned up in the charred ruins.  Many of the flames still burned out of control, and the fires grew to more than 300 square miles (777 square kilometers), an area as large as New York City. Sonoma and Napa counties endured a fourth day of choking smoke while many residents fled to shelters or camped out on beaches to await word on their homes and loved ones.  A forecast for gusty winds and dry air threatened to fan the fires.  Some of the state's most historic tourist sites, including Sonoma city and Calistoga in Napa Valley, were ghost towns populated only by fire crews trying to stop the advancing infernos.  Humans are to blame for wildfires getting worse – not just by climate change 02:32 Calistoga, known for wine tastings and hot springs, had dozens of firefighters staged at street corners. Ash rained down from the sky and a thick haze covered the ground. Mayor Chris Canning warned that the fires were drawing closer and all of the city's 5,000 residents needed to heed an evacuation order.  "This is a mandatory evacuation. Your presence in Calistoga is not welcome if you are not a first responder," Mr Canning said during a news briefing, explaining that firefighters needed to focus on the blazes and had no time to save people.  A few residents left behind cookies for fire crews with signs reading, "Please save our home!" A firefighter in the hills of Oakmont in Santa Rosa, California Credit: AP Robert Giordano, Sonoma County Sheriff, said officials were still investigating hundreds of reports of missing people and that recovery teams would begin conducting "targeted searches" for specific residents at their last known addresses.  "We have found bodies almost completely intact, and we have found bodies that were nothing more than ash and bones," the sheriff said.  Some remains have been identified using medical devices uncovered in the scorched heaps that were once homes. Metal implants, such as artificial hips, have ID numbers that helped put names to victims, he said.  A helicopter drops water on a wildfire in Sonoma, California Credit: AP Firefighters had reported modest gains, but containment of the flames seemed nowhere in sight.  "We are not out of this emergency. We are not even close to being out of this emergency," said Mark Ghilarducci, Emergency Operations Director. More than 8,000 firefighters were battling the blazes, and more manpower and equipment was pouring in from around the country and from as far away as Australia, officials said.  Since igniting Sunday in spots across eight counties, the fires have transformed many neighborhoods into wastelands. At least 3,500 homes and businesses have been destroyed and an estimated 25,000 people forced to flee.  Flames threaten to crest a hilltop near Sonoma Credit: AFP The wildfires continued to grow in size. A total count of 22 fires on Wednesday fell to 21 on Thursday because two large fires merged, said state Fire Chief Ken Pimlott.  The challenge of fighting the fires was compounded by the need for more help and the growing fatigue of firefighters who have been working for days.  "We have people that have been on that fire for three days who don't want to leave," said Cal Fire's deputy incident commander in Napa, Barry Biermann. "At some point, you hit a road block."  Drone footage shows decimated California town 01:10 Fire officials were investigating whether downed power lines or other utility failures could have sparked the fires. It's unclear if downed lines and live wires resulted from the fires or started them, said Janet Upton, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.  Hundreds of evacuees fled to beaches far to the north of the fires, some sleeping on the sand on the first night of the blazes.  Since then, authorities have brought tents and sleeping bags and opened public buildings and restaurants to house people seeking refuge in the safety and clean air of the coastal community of Bodega Bay.  Local charities and residents went to Costco to buy supplies for the fleeing families. California Highway Patrol Officer Quintin Shawk took relatives and other evacuees into his home and office, as did many others.  Smoke obscures the San Francisco skyline Credit: AP "It's like a refugee camp," at his office, Shawk said.  Community members fed breakfast to some 200 people on the beach alone, and Patricia Ginochio, who owns a restaurant, opened the eatery for 300 more to sleep, she said. The evacuees' arrival was heralded by a long line of headlights heading to beaches.  "The kids were scared," Ginochio said, adding that temperatures by the beach drop dramatically at night. "They were shivering and freezing."  Some lucky evacuees returned to find what they least expected.  Anna Brooner was prepared to find rubble and ashes after fleeing Santa Rosa's devastated Coffey Park neighborhood.  Then she got a call from a friend: "You're not going to believe this." Her home was one of only a handful still standing.  "I swore when I left I was never coming back to this place," she said. "I feel so bad for all the other people. All of us came back thinking we had nothing left." 



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California wildfire destroys home of Peanuts creator Charles Schulz

California wildfire destroys home of Peanuts creator Charles SchulzCalifornia’s deadly wildfires have destroyed the home and memorabilia collection of Peanuts creator Charles Schulz although his widow escaped the blaze. His son, Monte Schulz, said flames claimed the house in Santa Rosa on Monday, where his step-mother Jean Schulz, lived. He said he had been told there was nothing left of their collection of Charlie Brown drawings and keepsakes. However, most of his father’s original artwork is in the Charles M Schulz Museum nearby which has so far escaped the fires that destroyed thousands of homes and businesses, and killed 29 people. The Schulzes built the California split-level home in the 1970s and the cartoonist lived there until his death in 2000.  Jean Schulz in 2010 Credit: AP "It's the house he died in. All of their memorabilia and everything is all gone," Monte Schulz said.  He had not heard from his stepmother and learned about the disaster from his brother, Craig Schulz, who also lost his Santa Rosa home in the fire.  "The fire came by at, like, two in the morning," Monte Schulz said. "Everything's gone." Fires in the Northern California wine country have killed at least 26 people since they began Sunday.  Monte Schulz said he had not visited his stepmother's home in recent years because he lives more than 300 miles away in Santa Barbara. He wasn't sure what might have burned.  A helicopter carrying a load of water to tackle wildfires in California Credit: AP "Obviously stuff from my dad and their life together, all gone," he said.  Schulz usually worked at an outside studio and most of his original artwork and memorabilia are at the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center in Santa Rosa, which escaped the flames.  But the loss of the house itself is painful, Monte Schulz said.  "I had memories of being in that house. I never lived there but I visited all the time," he said. "That time of our lives is now completely erased."  Schulz had long ties to Santa Rosa and to Sonoma County. He and his first wife, Joyce, built a home in the city of Sebastopol in 1958. The airport in Santa Rosa Airport is officially titled the Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport and features bronze sculptures of the Peanuts characters. Its logo is Snoopy flying on top of his doghouse.  



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Eerie video shows tree burning from the inside out during California wildfire

Eerie video shows tree burning from the inside out during California wildfireA California resident captured footage of an eerie tree as it was beginning to blacken on the outside and fill with glowing, red-hot flames from within.



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