Death toll from California fires rise to 10

Death toll from California fires jumps to 10, reported AFP citing officials. Authorities say 7 more dead in wildfire in California wine country, bringing fatalities to 10.

Officials say at least 10 have died, several have been injured and many more are at risk as devastating fires sweep across the North Bay.

Although only two fatalities have been confirmed, officials say the scale of these fires may lead to more. CHP officials told the ABC7 News I-Team’s Dan Noyes that one of the people who died was a blind, elderly woman — hard of hearing, who was found dead in her driveway. They suspect she was trying to escape the flames in Santa Rosa.

Another fatality was reported by officials in Mendocino county Monday afternoon. Later in the early evening CalFire officials confirmed another two victims died in Napa County.

Over 65,000 acres across eight counties have burned as 1,500 structures have been destroyed.

According to Cal Fire officials a combination of fires across eight counties has burned over 65,000 acres of land, destroyed over 1,500 structures, and is threatening countless others.

Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for fires, directing critical resources to help residents and firefighters.

In addition to the destroyed homes and evacuations more than 103,000 PG&E customers are without power due to to the fires, with the majority of outages in Napa and Sonoma counties where flames have been the most persistant.

Firefighters were struggling to control more than a dozen wildfires whipped by strong winds that swept through Northern California’s wine country on Monday.

A full count of the injured was not immediately reported. Officials have said at least two people were seriously injured.

Six people injured were being treated for burns at St. Francis Memorial Hospital’s burn center in San Francisco, spokeswoman Blair Holloway said.

She says that two of the injured were in critical condition and four were critical but stable.

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