Death toll rises to 35, firefighters face strong winds Saturday in historic Northern California blazes – Los Angeles Times

Fire officials said Saturday that wind gusts up to 45 miles per hour could further spread the massive blazes across Northern California that have been ravaging the region for almost a week.

Saturday’s winds are forecast to be similar to those that stoked the first flames Sunday night, which have mushroomed to more than 15 fires that have scorched 220,000 acres, destroyed an estimated 5,700 structures and caused at least 35 deaths.

Firefighters throughout the region are facing red flag warnings of 10- to 20-mph winds, with gusts up to 40 to 45 mph on Saturday, said Cal Fire spokeswoman Jaime Williams. The wildfires have charred more than 220,000 acres across Northern California.

The winds and low humidity “will challenge the firefighting efforts,” she said. “When you have these winds, it helps contribute to the spread and the intensity of the fire”

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