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Wildfires in Northern California forced 20,000 evacuation
Last Updated: 2017-10-10 09:06 | Xinhua
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More than 14 fires ripped through eight counties in Northern California and has destroyed at least 1,500 homes, businesses and other structures by Monday noon and forced 20,000 people to be evacuated from the famous wine valley.

California Governor Jerry Brown issued Monday an emergency proclamation for Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties due to the effects of multiple fires, including the Tubbs and Atlas fires, which have damaged critical infrastructure, threatened thousands of homes and caused the evacuation of residents.

According to Sacramento Bee newspaper, in Mendocino County, one person was killed, numerous people were injured and a number of residents are also missing.

ABC 7 reported that the wildfires had scorched to more than 50,000 acres (202.3 square kilometers) Monday, among which, the Tubbs burned 35,000 acres (141.6 square kilometers), the Atlas Fire 12,000 acres (48.6 square kilometers) and the Patrick Fire 2,000 acres (8.1 square kilometers). All of the fires occurred in Napa country have no containment.

Cal Fire Director Ken Pimlott was quoted by Sacramento Bee as saying that most of the fires started at about 10 p.m. Sunday and their causes are under investigation. He said firefighters are concentrating on saving lives rather than battling the blazes.

California Highway Patrol said it's Golden Gate Division Air Operations rescued 42 people ranging from five years old to 91 years old from the wildfires and the rescue operations are continuing.

The city of Santa Rosa, Sonama Coubty, has been particularly hard hit. Photos posted online by local residents showed that numerous buildings are on fire in downtown, while Sutter Hospital and Kaiser Hospital in the city "are no longer operational and patients have been evacuated."

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