10 fire-related deaths confirmed as North Bay blazes continue

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Death toll climbs to 4 as wildfires continue to destroy North Bay
Officials say at least four people have died, several have been injured and many more may be at risk in the devastating fires that have been sweeping across the North Bay.

SONOMA COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) -- As North Bay firefighters continue efforts to stop seemingly endless wildfires from spreading, officials confirmed at least 10 fire-related deaths.

VIDEO: Cal Fire says it may be too early to tell if fires are linked

It may be too early to tell if a string of fires that claimed the lives of Sonoma and Napa county residents may be connected somehow.

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Seven people have died in Sonoma County, two in Napa County and one in Mendocino County. Officials say the scale of these fires may lead to more.

CHP officials told the ABC7 News I-Team's Dan Noyes that one of the people who died was a blind, elderly woman -- hard of hearing, who was found dead in her driveway. They suspect she was trying to escape the flames in Santa Rosa.

Details on the other victims have not been released yet.

Over 65,000 acres across eight counties have burned as 1,500 structures have been destroyed.

According to Cal Fire officials a combination of fires across eight counties has burned over 65,000 acres of land, destroyed over 1,500 structures, and is threatening countless others.

Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for fires, directing critical resources to help residents and firefighters.

In addition to the destroyed homes and evacuations more than 103,000 PG&E customers are without power due to to the fires, with the majority of outages in Napa and Sonoma counties where flames have been the most persistant.

For those hoping to escape the flames via plane, airlines serving Charles Schulz-Sonoma Co. Airport have canceled flights due to poor visibility from smoke. The closures could last days. Officials say there are no flights coming or going.

PHOTOS: Fires force evacuations in Napa, Calistoga areas

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Debbie Wolfe looks over the burned ruins of her home of 30 years Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, in Santa Rosa, Calif.
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The fires have also forced the closure of countless businesses in the North Bay and all public schools in Santa Rosa and Calistoga Monday.

ABC7 News reporter Lyanne Melendez reports widespread damage near Crystal Drive in Santa Rosa and even found a street sign that had been ripped from somewhere in the blaze.

FULL LIST: North Bay fires prompt evacuations, road closures

Fires trickling into Mendocino County have triggered the closure of Redwood Valley and School Way from Hwy 101. Evacuations have been ordered along East Road, West Road, Tomki Road to Canyon Road in Willits, Golden Rule subdivision and Reeves Canyon and many others.

RELATED: Small Sonoma County neighborhood destroyed by fire

Smoke from the numerous fires spread throughout the Bay Area and has caused hazardous air in the region.

Officials encourage everyone experiencing breathing issues to ask nearby evacuation centers or first responders for masks.

Click here for full coverage on the North Bay fires.