Some 18,700 firefighters are battling 27 major blazes across California, including in the heart of the wine country, where one mega-blaze claimed the lives of three people and forced thousands of others to evacuate this week.
The big picture: 8,155 wildfires have burned across a record 3.86 million acres, killing 26 people and razing almost 7,900 structures in California in per Cal Fire. Just like the deadly fires of 2017, the wine country has become a wildfires epicenter. Gov. Gavin Newsom has declared a state of emergency in Napa, Sonoma, and Shasta counties.
This is #MutualAid🙌 Today CA welcomed 165 #Texas firefighters @SacIntlAirport as they begin a 2-week assignment supporting wildfire response. As we welcome them, we thank the team that’s headed home. Thank you @SouthwestAir for safely transporting these firefighters! @texasgov pic.twitter.com/QCs6qo0kmO— Cal OES (@Cal_OES) September 29, 2020