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23 dead, hundreds missing as winds worsen California fires

Oct 12, 2017, 5:48 AM EDT

Northern California remains under siege as “catastrophic” wildfires, fanned by renewed high winds, continued to tear through eight counties, leaving at least 23 people dead and hundreds of others missing in chaotic evacuations.

The blazes, among the deadliest in California’s history, have forced mass evacuations in entire towns in the state’s wine producing region, writes the BBC.

Around 170,000 acres of area spanning across eight counties have been charred to ashes while firefighters battle raging blazes worsened by hot, dry “Diablo” winds, notes Reuters.