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Califonia wildefires

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Added On October 11, 2017

The death toll from wildfires ravaging north California has risen to 15.
 
U.S. President Donald Trump has declared a major disaster in California, freeing up federal funding and resources to help fight the 17 large wildfires in the western state.
 
At least 2,000 structures were destroyed. More than 3,000 people remain in shelters.
 
Hundreds of people received treatment for injuries, including burns and smoke inhalation.
 
In Sonoma County, one of the hardest hit, over 200 people have been reported missing, but 45 have been found. About 25,000 people have been evacuated.
 
The flames have blackened more than 115,000 acres since fires broke out on Sunday. 
 
A combination of dry weather and strong winds has fuelled the destruction.