Among the most deadly in California state history, wildfire outbreak kills at least 11

CALIFORNIA (ABC NEWS) – Dry conditions and gusting winds fueled a deadly outbreak of wildfires in California that quickly exploded through thousands of acres of forest and residential neighborhoods, killing at least 11 people and injuring over 100.

More than a dozen fires that broke out across the state on Sunday and Monday have destroyed at least 1,500 structures and scorched nearly 100,000 acres of land. Some 20,000 people have been forced to flee.

It is already among the deadliest wildfire outbreaks in the state’s history, and officials have said the death toll may go up as responders reach more areas that have been struck by the out-of-control blazes.

Coffey Park homes burn early Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, in Santa Rosa, Calif. More than a dozen wildfires whipped by powerful winds been burning through California wine country. The flames have destroyed at least 1,500 homes and businesses and sent thousands of people fleeing. (Kent Porter/The Press Democrat via AP)

 

The so-called Tubbs fire claimed seven lives in Sonoma County, officials said, making it one of the most devastating natural disasters in the county’s history.

Here are some of the deadliest wildfires in California state history:

Griffith Park, Los Angeles County (October 1933): 29 dead

Tunnel – Oakland Hills, Alameda County (October 1991): 25 dead

Cedar, San Diego County (October 2003): 15 dead

Rattlesnake, Glenn County (July 1953): 15 dead

Loop, Los Angeles County (November 1966): 12 dead

Inaja, San Diego County (November 1956): 11 dead

Hauser Creek, San Diego County (October 1943): 11 dead

Iron Alps Complex, Trinity County (August 2008): 10 dead

Harris, San Diego County (October 2007): 8 dead

Canyon, Los Angeles County (August 1968): 8 dead

Source: California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

 

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