Death toll rises as wildfires devastate Napa and Sonoma wine country

11th October, 2017 by Lauren Eads

Wildfires continued to rage throughout Northern California overnight, with 23 people now reported to have lost their lives and several wineries completely destroyed, with many more sustaining extensive damage.

Paradise Ridge in Sonoma. Credit: Facebook: Paradise Ridge

Emergency crews have been battling around 100 fires spreading over several thousand acres in Napa, Sonoma, Lake, Mendocino and Solano Counties since the early hours of Monday morning, with widespread evacuations taking place throughout the region.

The fires were swept throughout northern California by high winds, and were most damaging in the Atlas Peak-Stag’s Leap area near Yountville, in Sonoma County between Kenwood and Santa Rosa, and in the mountains north and west of Calistoga.

A total of 23 people are now believed to….

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