23,000 displaced by 2 California wildfires

Sep 14, 2015 1:42 PM by News Staff, Photo: KCRA

MIDDLETOWN, Calif. (AP) - The latest on wildfires raging in drought-stricken California (all times local):

10:27 a.m.

State officials say 23,000 people have been displaced by two explosive wildfires decimating whole communities in Northern California.

Mark Ghilarducci, director of Office of Emergency Services, said at a news conference Monday that about 13,000 have been driven from their homes by a wildfire 20 miles north of the famed Napa Valley. He says about 10,000 people have been displaced from a second blaze less than 200 miles away in the Sierra Nevada.

People have packed evacuation centers as the fires have destroyed hundreds of homes and led to one confirmed death.

Ghilarducci says more residents are missing.


9:48 a.m.

Several hundred people chased from their homes by an explosive wildfire in Northern California spent the night at the Napa County Fairgrounds and awoke to a breakfast of eggs, bacon and doughnuts.

Donations of food, clothing and shoes, diapers and dog food have flooded in. Evacuees milled around Monday morning eating, picking up clothing and walking their dogs.

Nancy O' Byrne was evacuated from her home in Middletown, about 20 miles north of the famed Napa Valley, but it's still standing. She says she feels "very, very, very lucky."

Michael Alan Patrick had been at the fairgrounds since Saturday and lost everything in the blaze.

When the fire broke out, he had been sitting in a Middletown park with his friends and saw the flames coming. He said it was like looking through a tunnel.


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