Dozens of people have died in the wildfires that continue to burn across California, while 540 of others remain missing as fire containment percentages continue to sit in the single digits across the state.
Aside from cell towers being down, 53,000 customers mostly based in Sonoma and Napa counties also had no power. Responding to questions about early warning systems, Giordano stated that with residents ditching their landlines in favor of cell phones, traditional systems were not able to get alerts out to affected people in time!
The California Fire Department is currently trying to contain a total of 22 fires that have enveloped over 170.000 acres since they began Sunday night. More than 3,500 homes & businesses have been destroyed so far.
The National Weather Service revealed northeast winds are expected to run between 20 and 30 mph, and will continue to churn going into the weekend across the state. There are going to be more northern winds later this week, so that could lead to enhanced fire danger beyond this period.
Though officials are unable to tell whether the flames were ignited by humans, Pimlott told reporters Wednesday that winds and dry “explosive vegetation” are factors playing a significant role. The two largest fires that officials are battling are the Atlas & Tubbs fire, which have engulfed more than 45.000 & 25.000 acres, respectively.
NOAA / AA Magnum Analyst News 2017.