Firefighters struggled for a fourth day to halt the spread of wildfires that have killed at least 24 people in Northern California and left hundreds missing in the pandemonium of mass evacuations in the heart of the state’s wine country.
A resurgence of dry, gusty winds threatened to push flames into the Napa Valley town of Calistoga, whose 5,000-plus residents were ordered from their homes on Wednesday night as conditions worsened and fire crept closer.
Fire authorities said crews were beginning to carve containment lines around the perimeters of a handful of fires.
Nearly two dozen blazes spanning eight counties have raged largely unchecked since igniting on Sunday destroying at least 3,500 buildings.
Twenty-four people have been confirmed dead, the greatest loss of life from a single California wildfire event since 1991, and authorities said the death toll could climb higher.