There was at least 10 dead in Northern California wildfires, leaving more than 100 reported missing, the authorities confirmed late Monday. The fierce fire raging through much of the state’s wine county.
The communications director for Sonoma County, Scott Alonso said, the residents are reporting their members missing through calls on a hotline in the county, the Fox News reported.
According to Alonso, it could be possible that most of the missing people are safe but out of reach due to loss of cell service and other communications because of widespread fire.
Northern California wildfires have grown 2,000 acres by Monday afternoon which is now extend to at 27,000 acres, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. At least 1,500 homes have been destroyed in 14 fires.
Andy Luttringer of Santa Rose opened up about his nearly 20-year-old damaged home. Luttringer told the paper, he regretted that he didn’t grab more artwork of his wife who had died a few years ago due to cancer.
The 62-year-old retired police officer, Andy Luttringer said, “I’m really mad at myself.” He said, “I could have grabbed a couple of her pieces. The rest of the stuff I couldn’t care less about.”
Northern California wildfires left at least 100 people injured and many missing.
According to the St. Joseph Health, 100 patients have been treated at two of its hospitals, Santa Rosa Memorial in Santa Rosa and Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa, while most of the cases were of smoke inhalation.
Those hospitals treated the majority of patients injured in Northern California wildfires as compared to other hospitals and clinic in the area.
The 42-year-old Chris Thomas from Kirkland, Washington was traveling Napa with his wife, Marissa, the couple was in Napa for the wine-tasting trip. Thomas told The Chronicle, the fire truck’s loudspeaker which was ordering everyone to leave awoken him.
Thomas said, “It was surreal.” He added, “When I started loading stuff into the car, it was a hell-storm of smoke and ash. There were 30- to 40-mph winds. I couldn’t even breathe, so I ran back to the unit to get Marissa. It was so smoky I went to the wrong unit. When I found her I said, ‘Forget it, let’s just go.’ It went from being an annoying evacuation to something really scary.”