The death toll of the California wild fires has risen to 23 people


At least 23 people have lost their lives to wild fires in Northern California.

The death toll has almost tripled since Monday.

Firefighters are still battling the blaze, but are reportedly struggling to contain the out-of-control flames.


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The high winds which originally spread the fire have returned, making the work of emergency services extra challenging.

'Were not out of the woods and were not going to be out of the woods for a great number of days to come,' Cal Fire Director Ken Pimlott told a news conference, according to RTE.

According to CNN, around 100 people have been treated for burns and smoke inhalation. Hundreds of people are thought to be missing due to the fires.


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Up to 20,000 people have evacuated the area, and new evacuations have been called.

Up to 2000 homes and businesses have been destroyed in the blaze.

Napa,Sonoma and Yuba counties In California are in a state of emergency due to the fires.

It has not yet been established what caused the fatal blaze.

'It is too early to tell whether any of the wildfires were started by humans,' Ken Pimlott, director of Cal Fire, told CNN.

'All these fires are under investigation.'

The fires were spread by strong winds in the area on Monday, and continue to burn.