Fast-moving fires spread by shifting winds forced thousands of more Californians to leave their homes on Saturday, Oct 14 as the death toll from the deadliest wildfire rose to at least 40 killed, recording the deadliest in the State history. Still, hundreds of people are missing.
In order to battle the 16 major blaze, over 10,000 firefighters supported by air tankers and helicopters were used. Some included several smaller merged blazes, in areas north of San Francisco that have consumed nearly 214,000 acres over seven days, or say 865 sq km (334 square miles)- an area larger than New York City.
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The 40 confirmed fatalities, including 22 in Sonoma County, making it the deadliest fire event in California history. Some 100,000 people have been forced from their homes, encompassing 3,000 evacuated on Saturday from the city of Santa Rosa, about 80km (50 miles) north of San Francisco.
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The fires have damaged about 5,700 structures, reducing thousands of homes and businesses to ash. The wildfires' death toll exceeded the 29 deaths from the Griffith Park fire of 1933 in Los Angeles.