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California wildfires grew only a little overnight

California wildfires grew only a little overnight”

Residents can receive warnings via their home and work phones and their cellphones, by text message and by email. But after days of raging blazes left at least 23 dead, authorities said those methods will be assessed after some residents complained those warnings never got through.

Eliason said fellow Santa Barbara County Fire public information officer Dave Zaniboni is working on the Mendocino Lake complex, which includes the Redwood, Potter and Sulfur fires that have burned a combined 32,000 acres in Mendocino and Lake counties.

Helicopters were deployed throughout Tuesday, making targeted water drops in the Tubbs fire area, the largest Sonoma County blaze, as well as other areas, Cal Fire representatives said.

Because of its broad reach, officials concluded the message could panic people not in danger, triggering unnecessary evacuations that would snarl traffic and delay emergency vehicles, said county spokeswoman Jennifer Larocque. Many people had to flee their homes on a moment's notice as the 30 miles per hour winds and critically dry brush made for fast-spreading and unpredictable fires. While the winds faded in strength on October 10, they were back in force on October 11, along with lower humidity levels.

Pacific Gas and Electric said it reported those events to the state utility regulator and Cal Fire. However, almost 80 cellphone towers were knocked out or badly damaged, officials said.

Southard, 29, lives with his father in Santa Rosa, California, but he was at a wedding in Monterey on Sunday while his father was at home. Growing increasingly anxious, he called a fire dispatcher but was assured that there was no need to worry unless he saw flames.

At 2 a.m., they were jarred awake when a sudden blast of wind knocked a lamp off a nightstand.

Derek talked to his next-door neighbors, who told him that they barely got out. "At the same time we have to be realistic and start searching for the ones we found are missing".

More than 20,000 people had been ordered to evacuate as of Wednesday, and authorities were encouraging others to pack "ready-to-go bags" with documents and medicines in case they had to flee the fast-spreading flames on a moment's notice. "A lot of it is common sense".

A California winery owner has raised over $48,000 to support wildfire relief in Napa and Sonoma counties.

Residents can go to the County Fire website at sbcfire.com and click on the "Ready! Set!"

"Unfortunately, some of them were disbelieving and wanted to argue", Crum said.

"If someone calls 911, they're going to get an engine", he added.

Eighty firefighters comprise the strike teams, and another eight individuals have been sent to help out in various other roles.

Assistant Cal Fire Chief Bret Gouvea, an incident commander for the Tubbs and Pocket fires in Sonoma County, said the cleared skies allowed targeted air drops to reinforce the southern boundaries of the area's fires before shifting winds put renewed pressure on them overnight Wednesday and today.

"Various counties use different ways to push information out to the public".

"That's one of the prevailing questions I've gotten", Santa Rosa Vice Mayor Jack Tibbetts said Wednesday about the first two days of the fires.

Pimlott gave a county-by-county breakdown of the grim toll: 13 dead in Sonoma, six in Mendocino, and two each in Napa and Yuba.



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