California wildfires cause 31 deaths

From NHK

Wildfires continue to ravage northern California in the United States, killing 31 people over the past 4 days.

California State officials say the fires that started on Sunday have burned about 77,000 hectares of land, mainly in the wine-producing counties of Sonoma and Napa.

They say about 3,500 homes and stores have been destroyed and that more than 20,000 people have been evacuated. Local media are calling the wildfires the deadliest in the state's history.

Police in Sonoma County, where 17 victims have been confirmed, said on Thursday that they had not been able to contact many residents because cell phone towers had been destroyed.

A total of 8,000 firefighters from California and neighboring states are battling the wildfires, but the blazes remain strong because of the prevailing dry and hot winds.

Smoke from the fires is causing flight cancellations and delays at San Francisco Airport, about 100 kilometers south of Napa County. More than 100 flights were canceled on Thursday, and a quarter of all flights were delayed.
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