July 18, 2024

Northern California wildfires kill 5 people


At least five people have been killed in the dozens of wildfires raging throughout Northern California and it has threatened the safety of thousands of homes.

The death of a resident in Solano County, which made the fifth, was reported on Thursday by Sheriff Thomas A. Ferrara, although he didn’t have any additional details.

Daniel Berlant, a Cal Fire assistant deputy director said three civilians had died in Napa County since the fires began.

In all, more than 30 civilians and firefighters have been injured.”

Gov. Gavin Newsom addressed the wildfires, calling them “Clear evidence of climate change”, in a last-minute video recorded for the Democratic National Convention from a forest near Watsonville after he visited an evacuation center.

“If you are in denial about climate change, come to California,” he said.

“I confess this is not where I expected to be speaking here tonight,” he said into what appeared to be a cellphone camera.

“Newsom had recorded an earlier, more lighthearted video, to be delivered in the convention’s prime-time hours but decided it didn’t bring the right tone amid his state’s disasters,” said Dan Newman, one of his political advisers.

About two dozen major fires were scorching California and taxing the state’s firefighting capacity, sparked by an unprecedented lightning siege that dropped nearly 11,000 strikes over several days.

“The fires have destroyed 175 structures, including homes, and are threatening 50,000 more,” said Daniel Berlant, an assistant deputy director with the state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

In all, 33 civilians and firefighters have been injured.

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