Reuters: the fire area in Northern California surpassed by area, new York
According to recent reports, the fires claimed the lives of over 30 people.
NEW YORK, October 15. /TASS/. The total area covered by wildfires in Northern California, on Saturday reached 86,5 thousand hectares, which is larger than the area of the largest US cities new York. This was reported by Reuters with reference to local authorities.
“This is truly one of the greatest tragedies experienced by California. The scale of the devastation is incredible. Such a horror could not even imagine,” said California Governor Jerry brown at a press conference in the city of Santa Rosa, located 80 km North of San Francisco.
The number of disaster victims has risen to 38 people, of which 20 died in SONOMA County. On Saturday morning reported 36 dead.
According to the latest estimates, the fire killed at least 5.7 million homes and buildings. Evacuate had about 100 thousand inhabitants, of which 3 thousand have fled their homes Saturday in Santa Rosa.
Currently, there are 17 fires, extinguishing involved not 9 thousand, as previously reported, and about 10 thousand firefighters from about a dozen American States, assisted by colleagues from Canada and Australia. California authorities had previously imposed a state of emergency in eight districts of the state.