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Three More Dead in California Fires, Total Now 38

Three More Dead in California Fires, Total Now 38
A firefighter picks up a hose in Sonoma, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
 

Saturday, 14 October 2017 05:48 PM

Three more deaths have been confirmed from the wildfires burning in Northern California, bringing the total to 38.

The Napa County Sheriff's Office announced two more deaths there on Saturday, taking their total to six. The Sonoma County Sheriff's Office says the 20th body in the county has been found in the city of Santa Rosa.

Those deaths take the toll to 38 for what was already the deadliest series of fires in California history.

No details were released on the dead, but it is likely the people were killed soon after the fires broke out nearly a week ago and their bodies were just discovered.

The increased presence of law enforcement officers to help people get out of homes has made the fire areas safer even as new flare-ups occur.

State fire officials say they halted a wind-driven run of flames spreading into the city of Sonoma.

Deputy state fire director Dave Teter said Saturday that a minimal number of structures were burned, but that no further damage was expected after firefighters stopped the advancing blaze.

Teter says plans are in the works to allow some evacuees to return to their homes, but they haven't been put in place yet.

With high winds and dry weather statewide, more fire crews and equipment such as helicopters are being staged in Southern California in preparation for any fires there.

Authorities say about 100,000 people are under evacuation orders as the wildfires in Northern California burn for a sixth day.

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Three more deaths have been confirmed from the wildfires burning in Northern California, bringing the total to 38.
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