Death toll from wine country fires at 31, now deadliest in California history – Orange County Register
After four days of terrorizing Wine Country and surrounding regions, the Northern California wildfires on Thursday became the deadliest in state history, with 31 confirmed fatalities and more expected.
The most destructive of those, the Tubbs Fire, killed at least 15 people and new figures told of its destruction. Santa Rosa lost 2,834 homes and about 400,000 square feet of commercial space and Mayor Chris Coursey expects the numbers to could grow.
“We all have suffered a trauma here,” the mayor said. He is said it will take time to recover “from this incident. The city of Santa Rosa has suffered a serious blow.”
Winemaker Tuck Beckstoffer takes pictures of hot spots along Wall Road in the foothills to the west Napa, Calif., on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017. The area was evacuated due to an approaching fire coming from the east and the possibility of increased winds. Robin Williams former house is nearby. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)
Aerial view shows the scope of devastation caused by the Tubbs fire in a neighborhood near Mark West Springs Road of Santa Rosa, California, Wednesday, October 11, 2017. (Karl Mondon/ Bay Area News Group)
A hot spot flares up near a vineyard along Mount Veeder Road in the foothills to the west Napa, Calif., on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017. The area was evacuated due to an approaching fire coming from the east and the possibility of increased winds. Robin Williams former house is nearby. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)
A San Diego Cal Fire firefighter monitors a flare up of a wildfire above the Sonoma Valley, Wednesday Oct. 11, 2017, in Sonoma, Calif. Smoke from the devastating fires in the Bay Area may force the NFL to move Sunday’s Raiders-Chargers game, scheduled to be played in Oakland. (Kent Porter/The Press Democrat via AP)
In this Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, aerial photo provided by George Rose shows a lush vineyard, left, next to a scorched wasteland near Vintners Inn, just north of Coffey Park, Sonoma County near Santa Rosa,…