Rain helps firefighters control massive California wildfires
POSTED: OCT 23 2017 09:27AM PDT
UPDATED: OCT 23 2017 02:02PM PDT
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – California authorities say firefighters made significant progress over the weekend combatting wildfires that devastated the state’s famed wine country and nearby areas, killing 42 people and destroying 8,400 buildings.
Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Daniel Berlant said Monday that several days of rainfall helped the firefighters and that authorities are confident most of the wildfires will be contained this week.
He says the largest fires are more than 90 percent contained.
The fires started Oct. 8 and 9 and spread mostly in Sonoma and Napa counties north of San Francisco.
They were the deadliest and most destructive in California’s history.