Battling Blazes

Dangerous winds threaten to intensify Northern California’s devastating wildfire today, as the death toll rose to 23, with 285 missing.

Across Sonoma County, 25,000 people have been evacuated, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The worst firestorm in Santa Rosa’s history also forced 2 major hospitals to evacuate, and it is pushing other hospitals to their limits. “This is so exceptionally unusual — this is a once-in-a-hundred-years event,” Mike Purvis, Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital’s CEO told the Press-Democrat.

Many people had just minutes of warning, if any, prompting officials to announce plans to review emergency alert warning systems, U.S. News and World Report reported.

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