There have been 22 fatalities reported in Sonoma County bringing the statewide tally to 41 from the Northern California wildfires. More than half fatalities are reported in Sanoma County while the other counties — Mendocino County has nine wildfires victims, Napa County has reported six fatalities and Yuba County has four victims.
According to the California Fire six victims from Napa County leads the statewide total deaths to at least 39 by the Sunday.
On Saturday, Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman confirmed that 9 people found dead inside their burn Redwood Valley Fire home which led the total death toll to at least 36 since Sunday.
An 86-year-old widow named Magaret Stephenson and sheriff’s friend found dead inside her destroyed Tomki Road home, Allman said. She was afraid and died when searchers found her. They noticed that a gate across her driveway remains closed.
The close-knit community and Mendocino County also facing death scenario which also includes the death of 14-year-old Kai Shepherd. Searchers found Kai dead in his family’s driveway early Monday. His parents and 17-year-old sister have been badly burned and remain hospitalized.
According to Allman, he got a Halloween card from Stephenson, he received it about 10 days ago. Allman said, “This is such an all-encompassing tragedy, to lose a 14-year-old boy, an elderly woman and her caretaker, a grandpa and grandma who died together.”
“In 65 mph winds, a tree fell in Potter Valley, knocking over a power line, and it sparked a fire that went up the mountainside and went down into Redwood Valley around 1:30 a.m. Monday morning,” he said. “Cal Fire said we had gone 16 days in a row with low humidity … Here, the swath of fire was 10 miles wide.”
The wildfire affected the area that never burned before, said Allman. The wildfire spread its tentacles in the region Friday night.
Allman said, “We were expecting 30 mph winds and we didn’t get them.”
A fire spokesperson Antonio Negrete said, “At our morning briefing, our incident commander said, ‘I’m asking you to knock it out and knock it out hard so we can get some headway out there.’”