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21 die as wildfires keep raging across California

Scene of
destruction:
Charred
remains of
wine-making
vats and
barrels in
Santa Rosa,
California PIC: AP

WILDFIRES raging in California have now killed at least 21 people.

They have also left about 180 people injured and destroyed more than 2,000 homes and businesses.

Donald Trump described it as a ‘terrible tragedy’ and said the federal government would ‘stand with the people of California’.

Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for Mendocino, Napa, Sonoma, Yuba, Butte, Lake, Nevada and Orange counties, and urged the US president to classify it a major disaster to help to battle at least 18 blazes in the state. A series of fires that flared up north of San Francisco on Sunday are among the deadliest in the state’s history.

Some of the largest blazes are burning over a 200-mile region in Napa and Sonoma counties, home to dozens of wineries that attract tourists from around the world. Smoke from them reached San Francisco, 60 miles away.

Michael Honig, chairman of the Napa Valley Vintners association, said he was convinced the Napa wine brand would survive.