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California Wildfires Blamed For 17 Deaths; High Winds Forecast

Seventeen large wildfires have burned more than 115,000 acres in California since Sunday and destroyed at least 2,000 buildings. High winds are predicted to return Wednesday night.

The 17 large wildfires that have burned more than 115,000 acres in California since Sunday have now been blamed for at least 17 deaths. The fast-moving blazes have destroyed at least 2,000 buildings, many of them in the wine country region of Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties.

At least two of the fires have each burned more than 25,000 acres, propelled by strong winds Sunday night. Conditions eased somewhat Tuesday — but the National Weather Service says high winds could return to the area beginning late Wednesday night, with gusts over 50 mph. The.

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