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Cal Fire has confirmed 22 homes and several outbuildings were destroyed by the Mc Courtney and Lobo Fires in Nevada County.
Residents who want to know if their homes were destroyed are encouraged to call 530-265-1218. Butte County will open a hotline at noon for residents affected by the La Porte Fire (6,059 acres, 25 percent contained) and Cherokee Fire (8,360 acres, 60 percent contained). Friday for verification and information about local resources. Firefighters reached 45 percent containment on the Cascade Fire on Thursday morning, beginning to suppress one of the infernos terrorizing Northern California this week.
Door to door in parts of Sonoma to advise residents of possible approaching fires.
Strongly encouraging those in affected areas to vacate.
Cal Fire Director Ken Pimlott said Thursday that 21 large fires now burning have scorched more than 191,000 acres and that 8,000 firefighters – including teams from as far away as North Carolina and South Carolina – are battling the blazes. No supplies, personnel or other resources are presently needed, according to the Dixon Police Department.
The state has 42 shelters set up that accommodated 4,800 people Wednesday night. Additionally, the Sacramento Police Department’s Youth Services Unit is holding a toy donation drive for affected families at the Walmart at 5821 Antelope Dr. They’ll hand-deliver new toys as well as hygiene equipment to designated sites Friday.
The current death toll stems from different fires: 15 dead in Sonoma County, eight dead in Mendocino, two in Napa and four in Yuba. Sonoma County officials say the death toll from wildfires from that county alone is now at 15, bringing the statewide total since Sunday to 29 fatalities.Sheriff Rob Giordano said the county also has had reports of 1,000 missing persons, and that 603 of those have been located and are safe.Most of the 400 others likely will be found, but Giordano has made it clear that he expects the death toll from the fires to continue to mount as officials get into burned out neighborhoods and begin recovery efforts.Fires have so far spared the town of Sonoma, but The Press-Democrat reported deputies circled the main plaza Wednesday night, urging residents to evacuate over loudspeakers.California Highway Patrol officers also went door-to-door in select neighborhoods urging residents to consider evacuating.