California In Flames: 31 Dead and Hundreds Still Missing

Feedback from Mayor and National Weather Service

“We all have suffered a trauma here, and we’re going to be a long time in recovering from this incident,” Santa Rosa Mayor Chris Coursey told reporters Thursday afternoon. “The city of Santa Rosa has suffered a serious blow in these fires.”

The National Weather Service provided a bit of good news on Thursday. They reported that the wind that fueled the blazes were expected to stay light through Friday. Unfortunately, the relief will be brief, as high north winds were expected to kick up over the weekend.

“We’re not out of the woods, and we’re not going to be out of the woods for a number of days to come,” California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Chief Ken Pimlott said Wednesday. “We’re literally looking at explosive vegetation. These fires are burning actively during the day and at night.”

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