October 11, 2017

10-11-2017 A deadly wildfire is raging in California’s wine country nuggets…(Vox)

Wildfires burning out of control in Northern California have so far claimed at least 13 lives and totaled or damaged more than 2,000 buildings. [LA Times /  Paige St. John and Sonali Kohli

  • Among the dead were “senior citizens who simply were not able to escape the flames that overcame their homes,” according to Vice President Mike Pence, who visited California on Tuesday. [NPR / Bill Chappell]
  • Two of the dead were a 100-year-old World War II veteran, Charles Rippey, and his wife, Sara, 98, who had been married for 75 years. [LA Times / Hailey Branson-Potts and Alene Tchekmedyian]
  • Another 150 people have been reported missing, and while authorities are hopeful they can locate them, they are also telling the public to prepare for the death toll to rise. [Washington Post / Cara Strickland, Scott Wilson, Breena Kerr, and Kristine Phillips]
  • The disaster struck at the heart of American wine country; about 17 separate wildfires are burning over 100,000 acres of land in Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino counties. [NYT / Thomas Fuller, Jonah Engel Bromwich, and Julie Turkewitz
  • There could be long-term economic ramifications for tourism: The blaze comes at the end of the annual grape harvest, and so far, wineries say they are focused on protecting their crops and haven’t begun to estimate how much damages will cost them. [Sacramento Bee / Mike Dunne
  • But in the case of wineries, it’s not just the buildings that matter. If vines burn, it can take years for new vines to mature enough to produce wine. [Vinfolio
  • Heat, dry weather, and winds have caused the fires to grow at an extremely rapid rate. California’s Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency and asked President Trump for federal relief. [CNN / Ralph Ellis, Joe Sterling, Paul P. Murphy, and Eliott C. McLaughlin
  • California’s wildfire season is worst in September and October, but the sheer volume of fires has grown in recent years. A recent federal report is also predicting a longer fire season this year and said the US government is spending more to combat wildfires. [Vox / Anastasia Selby]


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