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California wildfires: Death toll hits 31, most in a week in state history

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From: IndiaToday By: Vinay Siwach Published at: October 13, 2017
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Northern California's wildfires have now killed 31 people, making this the deadliest week of wildfires in state history.

BREAKING: As death toll hits 31 from California wildfires, fire official says it is deadliest week of wildfires in state history.

Sonoma County Sheriff Robert Giordano, on Thursday night, said that two more people have been confirmed dead there. That raises the statewide death total from 29 to 31.

The Oakland Hills fire of 1991 killed 29 people by itself.

Crews fight fire with fire as they work to tame California's catastrophic blazes. Read more here: https://t.co/QB5R0LyDtK pic.twitter.com/ZsNqXOZBaP

While no one fire currently burning has killed that many, collectively this is the deadliest series of simultaneous fires in the state since records have been kept.The blazes, most of them in wine country, broke out almost all at once on Sunday night.

Here are some photos from Sonoma County:









A Southern California wildfire that destroyed 14 buildings -- most of them homes -- was contained yesterday.

Fire officials say winds that propelled the blaze across 12.5 square miles (32 sq. kilometers) of northern Orange County have eased and a cooler, wetter marine layer of air should help the fight Tuesday night.

Firefighters managed to stop the fire's growth.

Thousands of people in Anaheim, Orange and Tustin were placed under evacuation orders after the blaze erupted Monday but by Tuesday evening virtually all the orders had been lifted.

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