Death toll increases as North California wildfire lingers

The initial report of 10 fatalities has leaped to 31, following the massive wildfires which began on Tuesday evening and continues to sweep through multiple counties in North California and has damaged thousands of homes, businesses and other buildings, ABC News reports.

  • The tragic casualties and devastation

According to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, as of Thursday morning, firefighters were still battling 21 large wildfires in multiple counties. The strong wind-intensified fire has sparked flames which have ravaged more than 190,000 acres of land, destroyed at least 3,500 structures and recorded over 20,000 residential evacuations.

It is imperative to note that the death toll from the fire which has its bulk of fatalities occurred in Sonoma County alone, has exceeded the number of fatalities in the 1933 Griffith Park Fire in Los Angeles, the deadliest wildfire in California history, officials said.

  • Containment level

However, officials have also confirmed that containment of the fire has increased, and weather conditions are expected to improve overnight, with causes still yet unknown.

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