California: 23 dead, many missing

Update: October 12, 2017.

The unprecedented wildfires in California continue to blaze almost completely out of control. The death toll has risen to 23 people, with hundreds more missing.

At least 8,000 firefighters and 124 aircraft are battling the fires, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. California governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency in Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties in Northern California.

Signorello Estate winery, Oct. 10, 2017, in Napa, Calif. © Eric Risberg/AP via

Sonoma County Sheriff Robert Giordano said to ABC that the fires will be seen as “one of the worst natural disasters in California history.”

Wine Spectator has evaluated the damage and published a list of the wineries and vineyards hit by this spectacular disaster.

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