santa rosa - The number of deaths caused by natural fires in the wine-growing region north of San Francisco in the US state of California has risen to 38.
Another thousand people had to leave their homes on Saturday. Due to the ever-changing wind direction, the fire is extremely difficult to fight.
Over the past week, 86,000 hectares have been destroyed by the fires. With 38 deaths, the fires are the deadliest of California's recent history. Hundreds of people are missing.
More than one hundred thousand people have left their homes in Napa Valley and Sonoma County. An army of tens of thousands of firefighters is trying to conquer the fire, backed by the eighty helicopters and extinguishers, including a 747 and two DC-10s.
Also convicted prisoners help to create firefighting or food preparation, always under the supervision of a guardian.