A 14-year-old boy died trying to outrun one of the California fires in Redwood Valley, while his sister and parents suffered serious burns.
A 28-year-old woman who used a wheelchair didn’t make it out of her apartment. But her father who lived next-door in Santa Rosa made it to the hospital with serious burns.
And a couple who celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary last year died in their Napa County home, near each other.
These victims were among the 32 killed so far in wildfires rampaging across the state. The death toll is expected to rise.
“We are not even close to being out of this emergency,” said Mark Ghilarducci, director of the state’s Office of Emergency Services.
About 20 fires erupted since Sunday and firefighters continued to battle 17 on Friday, according to the state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Fires spanned 300 square miles and forced 25,000 people to evacuate.
Four central fires in Sonoma and Napa counties — nicknamed Tubbs, Pocket, Nuns and Pressley — have killed 18 people, the department said.
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SOURCE: USA Today, Bart Jansen