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Wildfires in California leave 17 dead, destroy more than 11,490 acres

David Villafranca

Los Angeles, United States, Oct 10 (efe-epa).- The devastating wildfires raging since Sunday in northern California in the United States have left at least 17 dead and have razed more than 46,500 hectares (11,490 acres), according to the latest data provided by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

United States President Donald Trump Tuesday approved a disaster declaration for California on these fires which will facilitate aid intervention and the sending of federal resources to put out the fires after Monday Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in the affected areas.

"@POTUS Trump & our entire administration will work closely w/ @JerryBrownGov to see California through these challenging times," tweeted US Vice President Mike Pence, who was in California, Tuesday and has been in touch with the state emergency officials.

Governor Brown said Tuesday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency responded immediately to California's need to combat the devastating fires and thanked President Trump's quick response.

The 17 deaths in California that have been confirmed so far were registered in the counties of Sonoma (11), Mendocino (three), Napa (two) and Yuba (one), according to official data.

Authorities explained that at least 1,500 buildings, including homes and shops, were destroyed by the flames of 17 different fires spread across nine counties in the northern part of the state.

The Sonoma County Constable office, one of the areas most affected by the fire, said Tuesday that they had received reports of about 200 missing persons, of whom 45 have already been located.

"We are confident that many of these people will be found safe and reunited with loved ones, but unfortunately we are preparing for further fatalities," the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post.

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