Tues. 1 p.m.: Over 100 reported missing in California wildfire
SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California county says it has received more than 100 missing-person reports as family and friends scramble to locate loved ones while wildfires ravage the state.
It is possible that many or most of the missing are safe but simply can’t be reached because of the widespread loss of cell service and other communications.
The firestorm consuming the state has killed at least 10 people, seven of whom were in Sonoma County.
More than 5,000 Southern California homes have been evacuated as fire crews struggle to battle a rapidly growing brush fire.
The blaze has scorched 6,000 acres and destroyed dozens of structures in Orange County.
Plumes of smoke were visible over Disneyland and officials issued air quality warnings for parts of Los Angeles County.
An Anaheim police spokesman says there is no containment so far.
At least 100 people have been injured in wildfires burning in Northern California.
St. Joseph Health said 100 patients have been treated, most for smoke inhalation, at two of its hospitals, Santa Rosa Memorial in Santa Rosa and Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa.
Two of the injured are critical. One has been transferred to a burn center with significant burns. Fifteen of the injuries are described as moderate and the rest are minor.
The number of injured is expected to climb as information comes in for all the other areas affected by the firestorm consuming the state.
The fires also have destroyed at least 1,500 homes.