Evacuations

FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2017 file photo, wildfire evacuees Beatrice Thomas, 85, right, chats with her husband, Al, 85, at First United Methodist Church that doubles as an evacuation shelter in Santa Rosa, Calif. The vast majority of those who died in the Northern California wildfires were in their 70s and 80s including several couples who died together. Many could not move fast enough to escape the speeding flames. Some likely never heard the frantic calls of friends or honking of neighbors' cars, possibly their only warnings of danger. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
October 19, 2017 - 4:01 pm
Some had just celebrated marriages of half a century or longer. They spent their time volunteering and playing with grandchildren. A few had lived through both world wars. The vast majority of the 42 people found dead so far in the wildfires that have ravaged Northern California were senior...
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A sign on the chimney of a home warns looters Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, after it was destroyed by wildfires in Glen Ellen, Calif. California fire officials have reported significant progress on containing wildfires that have ravaged parts of Northern California. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
October 18, 2017 - 7:42 pm
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Even before fire wiped out the home she rented for 17 years, Suzanne Finzell had thought about leaving this city on the edge of the San Francisco Bay Area because of rising prices. A spike in housing and other living costs had driven her friends to Nevada and Oregon. Now,...
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October 18, 2017 - 7:12 am
OCALA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida couple was evacuated from their mobile home after a large sinkhole opened up at an intersection just in front of their house. The Ocala Star-Banner reports that the hole — estimated to be 25 feet (7meters) wide and 15 feet (4 meters) deep — opened early Tuesday at the...
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Debbie Wolfe stacks some china to take with her, that once belonged to her grandmother, found in the burned ruins of her home, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, in Santa Rosa, Calif. A massive deadly wildfire swept through the area last week destroying thousands of housing and business. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
October 17, 2017 - 11:00 pm
PETALUMA, Calif. (AP) — Some have lost loved ones. Many have survived near-death experiences. Others have lost their homes and a lifetime of possessions. A week after fleeing raging wildfires, tens of thousands of emotionally ravaged Californians have drifted back home to find their lives and their...
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A fire burns near the summit of Mount Wilson early Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, northeast of Los Angles. Firefighters on the ground and in the air raced to protect the Mount Wilson Observatory and nearby communications towers from a growing brush fire. (David Crane/Los Angeles Daily News via AP)
October 17, 2017 - 9:52 pm
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a wildfire burning in mountains near Los Angeles (all times local): 6:45 p.m. Firefighters have managed to partially corral a wildfire near Los Angeles that forced the evacuation of an historic observatory. The blaze on Mount Wilson was 25 percent contained as...
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Chris Alejos, left, and his wife, Brittany, get help from friend Nick Cann as they remove a bed frame from their home in the Coffey Park area of Santa Rosa, Calif. Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. The Alejos home was not damaged by the fire that destroyed homes all around theirs, but smoke damage and no power made it unlivable for now. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
October 17, 2017 - 3:14 pm
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California wildfires (all times local): 12:10 p.m. Police have arrested a woman who they say stole credit cards and checkbooks from evacuees of the Northern California wildfires. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that 31-year-old Katie Lehnhard of Petaluma...
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A United States flag flies over the charred remains of a house in the Coffey Park area of Santa Rosa, Calif., Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
October 16, 2017 - 7:57 pm
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California wildfires (all times local): 4:45 p.m. Officials say all 8,000 people evacuated from homes in Mendocino County have now been allowed to return. Mendocino County Sheriff Thomas Allman told a news conference Monday it was a turning point for the...
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Wildfire evacuees Beatrice Thomas, 85, right, chats with her husband, Al, who is also 85, at First United Methodist Church that doubles as an evacuation shelter Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, in Santa Rosa, Calif. "We've heard that our home is still there, but we have no confirmation of it. We can't go see it," said Beatrice. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
October 16, 2017 - 3:06 am
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Barking dogs, loud snorers and a woman who appears to have dementia crying out every night. Trying to sleep on a cot in a shelter for fire evacuees is not easy. Nicole Lonefight had spent her nights at a Red Cross shelter on fairgrounds in Sonoma County after flames...
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Ed Curzon, right, and his daughter Margaret sift debris to salvage anything they can from the rubble of their home, destroyed by a wildfire in the Coffey Park neighborhood Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, in Santa Rosa, Calif. "My parents and my dogs are alive. That's all that matters," said Margaret. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
October 15, 2017 - 11:21 pm
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California's wildfires (all times local): 8:20 p.m. Pacific Gas and Electric Company officials say they expect to restore power to all its customers in the fire zones by late Monday. The company said in a statement Sunday that power has been restored to more...
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This April, 2017 photo by Brittney Vinculado shows Christina Hanson, with her grandfather Dick Hanson, left, and her father Michael Hanson, in Oakley, Calif. Christina Hanson, 27, used a wheelchair and spent her life dedicated to helping others despite her own hardships, her family said. Kelsi Mannhalter had posted on social media asking people to search for her cousin after the fire Monday ravaged Santa Rosa where Hanson lived. Mannhalter later confirmed on Facebook that Hanson did not survive when the flames consumed her home. (Brittney Vinculado via AP)
October 15, 2017 - 8:59 pm
At least 40 people have died in the deadliest week of wildfires in California history. The victims include a couple who recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, a 14-year-old boy whose parents and older sister were severely burned, and a woman born with a spinal defect who worked to help...
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