News in photos: Fast-moving wildfires tearing through California’s wine country

A police car blocks the 241 freeway as smoke from the Canyon 2 Fire covers the freeway near Orange, California, October 9, 2017 in Orange, California. / AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck


A burned home smolders in Glen Ellen, California on October 9, 2017.
Multiple wind-driven fires continue to ravage the area burning structures and causing widespread evacuations. / AFP PHOTO / JOSH EDELSON

More than a dozen fast-moving wildfires tearing through California’s wine country have killed at least 10 people, destroying hundreds of homes, authorities said Monday.

Fanned by winds of over 50 miles (80 kilometers) an hour, the blazes have forced more than 20,000 people to evacuate in the country’s heaviest populated state since they began Sunday night.

California’s fire service said about 73,000 acres (30,000 hectares) have been ravaged by the major infernos.

At least 1,500 buildings were destroyed as the state declared an emergency in three counties ravaged by intense fires, mostly in its famous wine-producing regions.

Fourteen major fires are burning in total. Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties are covered by Governor Jerry Brown’s order. The counties are north of San Francisco Bay.

(Agence France Presse)