Postman delivers mail to razed California homes in apocalyptic drone video

13 dead as wildfires torch California wine country, state of emergency declared in eight counties

13 dead as wildfires torch California wine country, state of emergency declared in eight counties

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Daniel Berlant says fire activity increased significantly overnight, destroying more buildings and leading to new mandatory evacuations in several areas.

After almost four days of battling 22 wildfires raging across California, a Cal Fire deputy chief gave the first glimmer of positive news to those living in wine country on Thursday morning.

They included Calistoga, the historic resort town of wine tastings and hot springs, whose 5,300 people are under evacuation orders. The ferocity of the flames was captured in a video released by the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office, showing a deputy driving through Franz Valley Road, near where a raging fire entered from Napa County.

After a day of cooler weather and calmer winds, officials say low moisture and unsafe gusty winds will return to the region Wednesday afternoon, complicating firefighters' efforts.

At least two of the fires have each burned more than 25,000 acres, propelled by strong winds Sunday night.

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Taken as a group, the fires are already among the 10 deadliest in California history, and the death toll is expected to grow. Many people had to flee their homes on a moment's notice as the 30 miles per hour winds and critically dry brush made for fast-spreading and unpredictable fires.

Ken Pimlott, director of Cal Fire, said it was too soon to determine how the fires started.

A drone captured an otherworldly sight in Santa Rosa, California - a U.S. Postal Services worker dutifully delivering mail to addresses where only charred foundations remain after a fast-moving fire ripped through the neighborhood. As of late Tuesday, fire crews had little to no containment on the six major fires burning in Sonoma, Napa and Solano counties.

He said: "All these fires are under investigation".

At least 13 of the deaths have occurred in Sonoma County, officials say. "Our churches are just trying to figure out how to be as helpful as they can".

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In Mendocino - a coastal county famed for its pristine beaches and redwoods - the fire "was random and cruel", said Alison de Grassi, a longtime resident who said she had never seen anything like it.

"This is one of the biggest, most serious, and it's not over", Governor Jerry Brown said at a news conference, alongside the state's top emergency officials.

As of Tuesday evening, Pacific Gas and Electric Company said that some 75,000 customers were without power, including 50,000 in Santa Rosa and 15,000 in the Napa area.

US President Donald Trump has also approved a disaster declaration, allowing federal emergency aid to be disbursed. They're safe - but as seen in photos McCallister shared on Facebook, fire destroyed their house. Larson said he wished he had grabbed the gun as he left.

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