Thousands more evacuated from 'unwieldy beast' California fires

Thousands more evacuated from 'unwieldy beast' California firesBy Heather Somerville SANTA ROSA, Calif. (Reuters) – Thousands more Californians evacuated their homes on Saturday as fierce wildfires spread due to constantly shifting winds, and officials expected the official death toll of 35 from the week of fires to rise with hundreds of people still missing. The 35 confirmed fatalities – including 19 in Sonoma County – make this the deadliest fire event in California history. Some 100,000 people have been forced from their homes, including another 3,000 evacuated from the city of Santa Rosa, about 50 miles (80 km) north of San Francisco, and another 250 from nearby Sonoma city.

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