USA: 'I thought we were going to die, fires were everywhere' — Californian neighbourhood razed by fires

Residents in the Santa Rosa neighbourhood of Coffey Park spoke about their experiences after wildfires devastated swathes of northern California, Thursday. «We got stuck on Barnes Road and thought we were going to die on Barns Road because the fires were everywhere, you couldn't get anywhere on the freeways,» said Christina Shoenthal, an evacuee. «I can't get back home because they haven't put... Еще the fire out and with the winds it's started coming over the ridge so we packed up what we could and we left,» explained Linda Kurstein, who was also evacuated. Fifteen separate wildfires raged in Northern California, killing at least 17 people amid 122,000 acres of affected land, and prompting a state of emergency. Fires began on Monday and have left firefighters unable to bring the infernos under control. At least 2,000 properties have been destroyed as a result and over 100 people were treated at hospitals for smoke and burn related injuries alone.

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