Forest fire at night
The death toll rose to 31, as California authorities began assessing the damage caused due to the wildfire that is considered the deadliest in the history of the State. An official from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protections said around 190,000 acres has been burnt by Thursday afternoon. High winds and dry conditions spread the fires with frightening speed. Among the areas, Sonoma County, north of San Francisco, suffered the maximum damage, with 17 people confirmed dead and 400 reported missing; in the city of Santa Rosa. Officials figures put around 3,000 homes destroyed.