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Northern California Wildfire Latest: 31 Dead; Fires Merge; Almost 200,000 Acres Burned

At least 31 people are dead, hundreds more are still missing while almost 5,000 evacuees wait to be told they can return home to see if they still have a house. Massive wildfires continue to race through Northern California leaving a wake of ash and destruction with 191,437 acres burned across the state. Fire officials expect the death toll to continue to climb. Thousands of structures, including businesses and homes, have been lost, and thousands of residents remain evacuated as of Thursday. Those returning home have started looking for their lost pets and large animals.

The air has not been safe to breathe for days. Many schools have been closed and sports practices canceled through the end of the week. Some residents are wearing masks in cities more than two hours away from the fires due to the thick ash and smoke lingering in the air. The smoke affected visibility Thursday at San Francisco International Airport, resulting in many delays and cancellations, an airport…


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