California Wildfires 2017

California Wildfires 2017

Multiple wildfires broke out in California this fall and spread rapidly due in large part to dry conditions and high winds.

The disaster by the numbers:

  • more than a dozen major wildfires
  • more than 40 confirmed dead
  • nearly 100,000 ordered to evacuate
  • more than 217,000 acres have burned
  • more than 5,700 structures including thousands of homes have been destroyed
  • more than $3 billion in damage

California Governor Jerry Brown said: "This is truly one of the greatest, if not the greatest tragedy that California has ever faced," Gov. Jerry Brown said. "The devastation is just unbelievable, is a horror that no one could have imagined."

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UCC News:

Nov. 6, 2017 - Help for most vulnerable in Houston (TX), Sonoma (CA) after disasters

Oct. 11, 2017 - Deadly California wildfires spare UCC churches, devastation displaces thousands


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