Deadly California wildfires rage on

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A fire breaks out in the hills above a vineyard at the Atlas Fire on October 10, 2017 in Napa, California. AFP

SANTA ROSA (Reuters) – Firefighters battled to contain wildfires in Northern California, evacuating residents in the path of 15 separate blazes that have killed at least 11 people and destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses. Efforts to control the fires were being helped by more favourable weather conditions, a spokesman for the governor’s Office of Emergency Services said. The death toll could still rise, Brad Alexander warned. Some 20,000 people had been evacuated from their homes since Sunday, officials said, while CNN said more than 100 had been treated for fire-related injuries including burns and smoke inhalation. About 1,500 homes and commercial buildings had been destroyed, Ken Pimlott, director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, said.

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