california wildfires 2017

Disneyland takes on eerie, orange glow amid Southern California wildfire

Eerie skies over @Disneyland looks like the #HalloweenTime advertisement… #canyonfire2 #anaheimhills — Amanda Busick (@AmandaBusick) October 9, 2017 LOS ANGELES – Smoke from a fast-moving Southern California fire created an eerie atmosphere at Disneyland, where visitors snapped photos Monday and shared them on social media. The blaze, Canyon Fire 2, is now burning in parts […]

‘Catastrophic event’: Deadly California fires explode again

SANTA ROSA, Calif.  — Fueled by the return of strong winds, the wildfires burning through California wine country exploded in size and number Wednesday as authorities issued new evacuation orders and the death toll climbed to 21 — a figure that was expected to rise higher still. Three days after the fires began, firefighters were […]

Wildfires kill couple married for 75 years and leave hundreds missing

NAPA, California — Nothing could separate Charles and Sara Rippey. Not war. Not even a deadly California wildfire that engulfed their house. They spent 89 years together, including their final moments in their Napa home, son Mike Rippey told CNN affiliate KPIX. Charles was 100; Sara was 98. The couple’s children marveled at their parents’ longevity, […]

More evacuations ordered as deadly wildfires scorch Northern California

SANTA ROSA,  Calif. – New evacuations were ordered Tuesday evening as more than a dozen wildfires raged across Northern California, with the largest ones killing at least 15 people as they scorched the state’s famous wine country. The largest of the deadly fires were burning in Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino counties, with flames ripping through […]

At least 10 dead as fires burn in California wine country

SANTA ROSA, Calif. — Wildfires whipped by powerful winds swept through California wine country Monday, killing at least 10 people, destroying 1,500 homes and businesses and sending thousands fleeing as flames raged unchecked through high-end resorts, grocery stores and tree-lined neighborhoods. As he fled through the ember-strewn streets of his neighborhood in Santa Rosa, Jeff […]

Postman delivers mail to razed California homes in apocalyptic drone video

SANTA ROSA, Calif. – 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. According to The Mercury News, aerial photographer Douglas Thron was shooting video of Coffey Park, a neighborhood […]

Wildfires now up to 100 miles wide as death toll reaches 40

SONOMA, Calif. — They fled in fear nearly a week ago. Now they’re ready to go back. While wildfires are still burning powerfully in parts of Northern California, some of the tens of thousands of evacuees are getting antsy to return to homes that aren’t under immediate threat. Others want to see if they still […]

California firefighters say they finally ‘turned a corner’

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — With the winds dying down, fire officials said Sunday they have apparently “turned a corner” against the wildfires that have devastated California wine country and other parts of the state over the past week, and thousands of people got the all-clear to return home. While the danger from the deadliest, […]

California wildfires: 29 killed, hundreds of reports of missing people

CALIFORNIA–Authorities in Northern California say at least four people were killed by a wildfire burning in California’s Sierra Nevada foothills, bringing the state’s death toll to 29. Yuba County Sheriff Steve Durfor confirmed Thursday that the four have died since a blaze ignited there Sunday night. The fire is burning 100 miles (160 kilometers) north […]

Heartbreaking photos show toll on firefighters of California blazes

  Firefighters suit up, grab their oxygen tanks, jump on the firetruck without asking questions — and set off to battle the wildfires burning in Northern California. In the days since the first fire broke out, heartbreaking images showing firefighters taking a much needed break wherever they can have been circulating on social media. A […]

Woman flees California wildfire on bike with 70-pound dog in duffel bag

SANTA ROSA — When a wildfire forced her to flee her home on a bicycle early Monday morning, a California woman used a duffel bag as a makeshift sidecar for her 70-pound pit bull, according to KTXL. “You don’t even see a resemblance of what it used to be,” said wildfire survivor Natasha Wallace. “Everything […]

Man finds tree burning from the inside out during California wildfires

SONOMA, Calif. – Matthew McDermott was trying to get out of town. The Sonoma, California resident was desperately searching for an escape route Monday as wildfires that had ignited the night before raced through parts of Northern California and began to surround the area where he lived. He’d been driving around all night, and was […]