Hundreds more firefighters deploy to fight California blazes

Staff Writer

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Hundreds more firefighters and law enforcement officials headed Tuesday to Northern California to battle wildfires that have killed at least 13 people, including a 100-year-old man and his 98-year-old wife who were unable to escape their burning home.
Authorities hoped cooler weather and lighter winds would help crews get a handle on the fires, which are among the deadliest in California history and are still burning completely uncontained.
“The weather has been working in our favor, but it doesn’t mean it will stay that way,” said Brad Alexander, a spokesman of the governor’s Office of Emergency Services.
The extra firefighters came from throughout California and Nevada. The extra law enforcement officers will help with evacuations and guard against looting, Alexander said.
At least 100 people have been injured and 2,000 homes and businesses destroyed, according to authorities, who warned that all those figures were expected to climb in the coming days as more information is reported...To read more, please refer to our print or online edition.

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