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California's wildfires are still burning out of control

At least 31 people have died in California’s wildfires, officials said Thursday, making them the deadliest in the state’s history.

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Authorities warned the blazes will continue to rage with winds set to pick up again this weekend.

“We’re not even close to being out of this emergency,” Mark Ghilarducci, the director of California’s Office of Emergency Services, said.


Fire chief Ken Pimlott warned: “We are a long way from being done with this catastrophe.”

Hundreds of people remain missing. Sonoma County Sheriff Robert Giordano said his men would be conducting “targeted searches” to find people at their last known addresses.

“We have found bodies almost completely intact, and we have found bodies that were nothing more than ash and bones,” he said.

Firefighters continue to fight the blazes, which have scorched much of the state’s famous wine region. At least 13 wineries have been destroyed so far. Some cannabis plantations have also perished.

Read more: California’s wildfires rip through wine country and into suburbia

Smoke from the fires has created the worst air quality in the San Francisco Bay Area on record. The city is currently on a par with Beijing, experts said.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • 31 — the number of people confirmed dead: 17 in Sonoma County, eight in Mendocino County, four in Yuba County, and two in Napa County. The death toll is expected to rise.
  • 100s — the number of people still missing. In Sonoma County alone, some 400 people are reported missing. Officials said many people are likely to be stranded in one of the shelters housing the victims.
  • 25,000 — the number of people displaced by the fires raging through northern California.
  • 3,500 — the number of buildings and homes destroyed.
  • 170,000 — the number of acres already scorched by the fires.
  • 21 – the number of fires across the state.
  • 8,000 — the number of firefighters fighting the blazes.
  • 40,000 — the acreage engulfed by the Atlas Fire in Napa and Solano counties.