Still raging wildfires in northern California have killed 24, injured at least 180 and destroyed 3,500 homes and businesses, officials said Oct. 12.

KQED.org reported that fourteen people have died in Sonoma County, six in Mendocino County, two in Napa County and two in Yuba County.

At least 22 fires covering more than 265 square miles were reported by Cal Fire on Oct. 12. 

Because the fires are in the center of wine country, that has been the focus of most media reports so far about damage to agriculture.

The San Francisco Chronicle was updating an online list of wineries damaged or lost to the fires, but little is know about other specialty crops that might have suffered losses.

Irvine, Calif.-based Western Growers said Oct. 12 it has received no reports so far about fire damage from members.

Steve Lyle, director of public affairs for the California Department of Food and Agriculture, said in an e-mail Oct. 12 that the state is not yet tracking crop damage from the fires — that task falls to individual agricultural commissioners in affected counties, he said.


 

 

 
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