Death toll reaches 40 in historic wildfire event

The Sonoma County Coroner’s Office is reporting that the number of deaths from Sonoma County fires has risen to 22.  The total in the entire Northern County Wildfires at 40.

The Napa County Sheriff’s Office announced two more deaths Saturday as the wildfires continued to spread.

The rising sun pokes through smoke from the Nuns fire off Hwy 12 on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, in Santa Rosa, Calif. (Jim Gensheimer/Bay Area News Group)

As of Saturday afternoon the combined fires had destroyed 5,700 structures since Sunday. View the updating map for latest evacuation zone perimeters.

ABC News posted an aerial perspective of the firefight in Santa Rosa. KGO-TV’s video stream provided views from its SKY7 helicopter throughout the day.

Families are holding out for hope as their agonizing searches for the missing continue in Santa Rosa.

Police tell The Associated Press that there is a combined 300 unresolved missing reports but don’t believe the death toll will be anywhere near that number.

A video captured and edited by Berkeley firefighters shows the shocking scene when they arrived: hundreds of burning homes and buildings.

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Source: Bay Area News Group / Mercury News 

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