Napa County officials say winds are diminishing and weather conditions better than expected as they battle multiple fires throughout the county. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Firefighters are making progress battling multiple blazes in Napa County, citing better than expected weather conditions, officials said on Thursday (October 12). "The wind event that was predicted to blow through the night into today didn't materialize quite to the level as predicted so that gave us better opportunity to have more containment on our fires," Napa County Fire Chief Barry Biermann said. Fire authorities said crews were beginning to carve containment lines around the perimeters of a handful of fires. Nearly two dozen blazes spanning eight counties have raged largely unchecked since igniting on Sunday night, scorching 170,000 acres (69,000 hectares) and destroying at least 3,500 buildings. Entire neighborhoods have been reduced to panoramas of ash, smoldering ruins, charred trees and burned-out cars by a series of firestorms that rank among the deadliest and most destructive in California's history. Twenty-four people have been confirmed dead, the greatest loss of life from a single California wildfire event since 1991, and authorities said the death toll could climb higher.