(Ventura, CA-AP) — All evacuation orders are being lifted in California’s Maria Fire. That fire is now 30 percent contained after burning about 10-thousand acres.
The weather conditions helped firefighters as winds died down and there was low relative humidity. Only two structures have been destroyed in the Ventura County fire. About 11-thousand residents were told to flee their homes before being allowed to return Saturday afternoon.
(SL) – Fire officials are confident some of the ravaging wildfires in California’s Wine Country will be contained by week’s end. CAL FIRE says Mother Nature is giving a helping hand to firefighters battling 15 large wildfires across California.
They said containment of fires in Sonoma County is expected by Friday. In a statement, CAL FIRE says red flag warnings in Northern California’s Wine Country were lifted this morning as winds died down.
Authorities continue to look for bodies in the ashes and debris. The death toll is at least 40 people and is expected to grow. More than half the deaths — 22 — have occurred in Sonoma County. A Sonoma County Sheriff’s spokesman said today at least 172 people are still unaccounted for.