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How to help victims of Northern California fires.

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On the front lines of wildfires, firefighters again face a relentless foe: wind. Strong winds could undo the progress that more than 10,000 firefighters have already made. 📷: Jeff Chiu/ AP
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The town of Calistoga is empty. Everything is closed in the downtown area — the art galleries, wine tasting roomes, cafes. People are struggling to come to terms with the scale of devastation. 38 people dead and counting. 3,000 buildings burned to the ground. And a ghost town called Calistoga. 📷: Jae C. Hong / AP
How will the California fires impact wine? The wine industry contributes $57 billion to the state economy, by some estimates. Unless you’re watching a treacly Keanu Reeves film from 1995, you probably won’t see a vineyard burn from end to end, vineyard managers said. “It’s very romantic, but it’s total fiction,” said Christian Palmaz, president of Palmaz Vineyards, where flames claimed one building but left the vines largely unscathed. Fire officials said their crews often counted on the open space of vineyards to slow down the spread of the fire. Vines are still green, and there is little vegetation around them. But the wine country fires could prove the experts wrong. Vineyards deep in wooded areas that burned intensely may have caught fire and others could have suffered heat damage at their edges. Premium wine prices could go up, largely because people who like expensive wine don’t opt instead for cheap bottles — they’ll simply pay more for the fewer bottles of their favorite label. UC economists think a $66 bottle could rise to $100 as a result. Chances are, this is not your bottle of wine. 📷: @bvanderbrug
The Dodgers haven’t forgotten. They remember waiting. They remember feeling wounded. They remember vowing to return. On October 22 last year, the Cubs eliminated the Dodgers from the postseason and subjected them to an extended celebration at Wrigley Field. “It was a little salt in the wound,” pitcher Alex Wood said. “It was terrible, because our season was over.” They now get their wish for a postseason rematch with the Cubs. “If you want to win a championship, why not take down the champs?” said closer Kenly Jansen. 📷: Mark J. Terrill / AP
As authorities begin to identify those killed in the wildfires raging across Northern California, a grim pattern is emerging. Many of the victims are elderly people, with the average age of those who died now at 79. The oldest was 100. A majority were found inside their homes, unable to escape as the fire bore down. At least one was confined to a wheelchair. Another was lying next to a vehicle. 📷: @yamphoto
2017 is shaping up to be one of California’s worst fire seasons. Wildfires ravaging Northern California have led to at least 31 deaths and the destruction of about 3,500 strucutres. That’s just in the first week of California’s fall fire season. 📷: @yamphoto
President Trump took to Twitter and blamed Puerto Rico for its problems and insisted that he had little patience for the years-long effort that will be required to repair the U.S. territory. "We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!” He tweeted. San Juan mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz responded – and she did not hold back. "While you are amusing yourself throwing paper towels at us, your compatriots and the world are sending love and help our way," she wrote in a letter to Trump. “Simply put: HELP US. WITHOUT ROBUST and CONSISTENT HELP WE WILL DIE."
Did vineyards keep wine country fire from getting worse? Some believe vineyards saved lives. “They saved property and lives in Napa County,” says Jennifer Putnam, executive director of Napa Valley Grapegrowers, who has a college degree in forestry. “It’s as clear as it can be.” Fire officials said they believe the open space of vineyards, which hold more moisture than oak forests, to be a natural firebreak. “I’ve been out there with a shovel and a hoe and rakes for the last 38 hours — with my sister and my wife — and I can tell you these vineyards are absolutely a godsend,” said Christian Palmaz, who has his family’s 19th century vineyard estate home to protect. “Ninety percent of the property is wildland. It all burned … except the vineyard.” 📷: @yamphoto
Many people woke up in the middle of the night and hurriedly fled from the looming smoke and flames. They had only minutes to decide what to save. Now they’re starting to learn the fate of the homes they left behind. The fires have killed 21 and have scorched 160,000 acres. “The clock is ticking, so we’re giving it everything we’ve got — hand crews, fire engines, bulldozers, air support — to keep the fire within the perimeter,” Cal Fire Division Chief Ben Nicholls said.
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At least 17 have died in the Northern California fires that have scorched more than 100,000 acres. Many, like 7-year-old Chloe Hoskins, are returning to burned-out neighborhoods. 📷: @bvanderbrug
This is what we saw when we went to Santa Rosa, CA. The death toll is now 13 from the devastating fires ripping through Northern California. Officials are prepared for that number to rise: 150 people have been reported missing. ( 📷: @bvanderbrug)
This is the devastation and destruction in Santa Rosa, CA, where the Tubbs fire leveled an entire neighborhood and turned large structures into smoking ruins. 17 large wildfires have blackened more than 100,000 acres across the state, mostly in Northern California. At least 13 people have died. "We will come back from this. But right now we need to grieve." (📷: @bvanderbrug)
Before and after: Aerial photography shows the devastation of the Northern California firestorm in a neighborhood in Santa Rosa. (First photo via Google Earth / Second photo via California Highway Patrol)