UPDATED 1:00 PM PT – Friday, August 21, 2020
At least five people have been declared dead as firefighters continue to battle wildfires burning across Northern California.
According to reports, several wildfires surrounding San Francisco and the Bay Area destroyed more than 175 structures and are threatening 50,000 more. 33 civilians and firefighters have been injured so far.
Harrowing footage shows people fleeing their homes in Winters, California, as massive wildfire that started in Napa County spread east overnight.
— ABC News (@ABC) August 21, 2020
More than 10,000 firefighters have already been deployed, but officials believe this isn’t close to enough to the number actually needed. California recently requested at least 350 more crews from outside the state.
Meanwhile, smoke and ash have inundated communities surrounding the fire zones.
“It’s really heavy, so I’m changing my mind to be honest,” explained one resident. “I can’t get enough oxygen, especially with this mask, you have to keep it on.”
Surface smoke expected today from the Northern California fires.@NOAA HRRR model is showing a brief improvement in air quality this afternoon in parts of western Nevada.
The smoke will still remain at an unhealthy level until Saturday pic.twitter.com/W3WMZvrpXy
— Steve Bender (@SteveBenderWx) August 21, 2020
360 wildfires have been reported in recent days, burning more than 660,000 acres throughout the Golden State.