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California braced for more fires today

Firefighter Nick Gonzalez-Pomo, of the San Rafael Fire Department, hoses down smoldering ashes in a garage in Napa, California, on Tuesday. Firefighters battling wildfires in California’s wine country faced the prospect of new outbreaks as dry, windy conditions are due to return to an area where blazes have killed at least 17 people and destroyed 2,000 homes and businesses. Gusts of up to 80 kilometers per hour and 10 percent humidity were forecast for today in the region, where 17 fires have forced 20,000 people to flee their homes in one of the deadliest wildfire outbreaks in Californian history, officials said. New evacuation orders were posted across Sonoma County, north of San Francisco. Some 155 people were missing in Sonoma County, although 45 others had been found and some of those unaccounted for may be due to confusion surrounding evacuations. California Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency in several northern counties, as well as in Orange County in southern California. — Xinhua

Firefighter Nick Gonzalez-Pomo, of the San Rafael Fire Department, hoses down smoldering ashes in a garage in Napa, California, on Tuesday. Firefighters battling wildfires in California’s wine country faced the prospect of new outbreaks as dry, windy conditions are due to return to an area where blazes have killed at least 17 people and destroyed 2,000 homes and businesses. Gusts of up to 80 kilometers per hour and 10 percent humidity were forecast for today in the region, where 17 fires have forced 20,000 people to flee their homes in one of the deadliest wildfire outbreaks in Californian history, officials said. New evacuation orders were posted across Sonoma County, north of San Francisco. Some 155 people were missing in Sonoma County, although 45 others had been found and some of those unaccounted for may be due to confusion surrounding evacuations. California Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency in several northern counties, as well as in Orange County in southern California. — Xinhua

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