More than a dozen dead as fires blaze in Northern California

Northern California continues to battle fires in 8 counties across the state.

Napa, Sonoma, Lake, Mendocino, Yuba, Nevada, Calaveras and Butte counties all have fires officials said. Janet Upton, a deputy director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, said that at least 14 fires had destroyed an estimated 1,500 residential and commercial structures and had burned over 57,000 acres since late Sunday night.

The fires have killed at least 11 people and are forcing more than 20,000 people to evacuate, authorities said. Seven deaths were reported in the city of Santa Rosa in Sonoma County, two in Napa County, one in Mendocino County and one in Yuba County, according to officials. The fire has spread to more than 119,032 acres as of Monday Night.

There are many reports of missing people and more than 90,000 people are without power in the state. Authorities have not said what caused the fires but noted windy and dry conditions Sunday and Monday made it easy for the fires to spread. October is typically the busiest month for wildfires in California, they said. The wind has been to blame for the “extreme rates of spread and volatile burning conditions,” according to Cal Fire.