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California’s fire chief says at least 1,500 homes and commercial buildings have been destroyed in wildfires ripping through Northern California. (Oct. 9)
AP

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. — Wind-whipped fires sweeping across California’s wine country Monday killed at least 10 people, burned hundreds of homes and buildings and forced thousands to flee communities, hospitals and wineries ahead of the hard-charging flames.

Officials confirmed seven dead in Sonoma County, two in Napa, and another in Mendocino County to the north. That makes the day one of the deadliest in the state’s wildfire history, although records are difficult to compare because Monday’s deaths were caused by multiple fires burning in the same general area, rather than a single blaze.

California State Forestry and Fire Protection chief Ken Pimlott conservatively estimated that 1,500 homes,…