At least 17 dead in California killer wildfires

At least 17 dead in California killer wildfires

A California Highway Patrol handout aerial image of one of the ongoing wildfires near Santa Rosa, California, USA, 09 October 2017 (issued 10 October 2017). Multiple wildfires are scattered through out Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties, leaving at least 10 people dead and destroying homes and businesses in their path. EPA-EFE/CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL
A California Highway Patrol handout aerial image of one of the ongoing wildfires near Santa Rosa, California, USA, 09 October 2017 (issued 10 October 2017). Multiple wildfires are scattered through out Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties, leaving at least 10 people dead and destroying homes and businesses in their path. EPA-EFE/CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL

Newly homeless residents of Northern California took stock of their shattered lives Tuesday while the blazes that have killed at least 17 people and destroyed more than 2,000 homes and businesses kept burning.

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Wildfires leave chimneys, charred appliances in their wake

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — The flames that raced across California wine country left little more than smoldering ashes and eye-stinging smoke in their wake. House after house is gone, with only brick chimneys and charred laundry machines to mark sites that were once family homes.

The wildfires burned so hot that windows and tyre rims melted off cars, leaving many vehicles resting on their steel axles. In one driveway, the glass backboard of a basketball hoop melted, dripped and solidified like a mangled icicle.

Newly homeless residents of Northern California took stock of their shattered lives Tuesday while the blazes that have killed at least 17 people and destroyed more than 2,000 homes and businesses kept burning. Hundreds more firefighters joined the battle against the uncontained flames.

A home burns in Fountaingrove, Monday Oct. 9, 2017 in Santa Rosa, Calif. (Kent Porter/The Press Democrat via AP)

The wildfires already rank among the five deadliest in California history, and officials expected the death toll to increase as the scope of destruction becomes clear. At least 185 people were injured during the blazes that started Sunday night. Nearly 200 people were reported missing in Sonoma County alone.

Seventeen wildfires raged Tuesday across parts of seven counties. Fire crews and other resources were being rushed in from other parts of the state and Nevada.

More than 240 members of the California National Guard helped ferry fuel to first responders because so many gas stations were without power. Guard members were also helping with medical evacuations and security at evacuation centers, said Maj. Gen. David Baldwin.

This aerial photo provided by the California Highway Patrol shows some of the hundreds of homes destroyed by the wildfire burning near Santa Rosa. (CHP Golden Gate Division via AP)

The fires that started Sunday night moved so quickly that thousands of people were forced to flee with only a few minutes of warning. Some did not get out in time.

``It's literally like it exploded. These people ran out of their homes literally with minutes notice, barely with the clothes on their back,'' Ken Pimlott, chief of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, said, adding that authorities didn't have time to give more notice. ``They burned so quickly, there was not time to notify everybody.''

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Vocabulary

  • aerial (adj): (of a photograph or video) from a plane or helicopter - ภาพถ่ายทางอากาศ
  • appliance: a machine or piece of equipment that you have in your home, for example a washing machine or refrigerator - เครื่องใช้
  • ashes: the grey powder that remains after something has burned - เถ้าถ่าน, ขี้เถ้
  • authorities: the police or people in official organisations who have the legal power to make people obey laws or rules - เจ้าหน้าที่ (ตำรวจ หรือผู้มีอำนาจ)
  • axle (noun): the long iron rod connecting the wheels of a car - เพลา,เพลารถ,
  • barely: only just; almost not - เกือบจะไม่
  • battle: a fight; serious disagreement, strong competition, etc. - การต่อสู้
  • blaze: a large fire that causes a lot of damage - เพลิง
  • brick: baked clay used for building walls, houses and other buildings - อิฐ
  • charred : blackened from fire - ไหม้เกรียม
  • chimney (noun): a structure through which smoke or steam is carried up away from a fire, etc. and through the roof of a building; the part of this that is above the roof - ปล่อง, ปล่องไฟ, ปล่องควัน
  • county (noun): the largest political division of a state or province in some countries, like an amphur in Thailand - เขตปกครอง
  • death toll: the number of people killed - ยอดผู้เสียชีวิต
  • destroy (verb): to damage something so badly that it no longer exists, works, etc - ทำลาย
  • destruction: when something is destroyed - การทำลาย, ภาวะที่ถูกทำลาย
  • drip (verb): (of liquid) to fall in small drops - ไหลเป็นหยด
  • evacuation: moving people from a place of danger to a safer place - การอพยพ
  • ferry: to carry people or goods in a boat or other vehicle from one place to another, often for a short distance and as a regular service -
  • first responder (noun): the first person or people to arrive at the scene of an accident or emergency situation -
  • flames: the brightly burning gases that you see coming from a fire - เปลวไฟ, เปลวเพลิง
  • flee: to leave a place or person quickly because you are afraid of possible danger - หนี อพยพ
  • forestry: the growing of trees - การทำป่าไม้, วิชาการป่าไม้
  • fuel: any material that produces heat or power, usually when it is burnt - เชื้อเพลิง
  • history (noun): the set of facts that are known about somebody's/something's past; a record of something happening frequently in the past life of a person, family or place; facts about someone's past illnesses - ประวัติเฉพาะราย, ประวัติคนไข้,
  • homeless (adj): having no home - ไร้ที่อยู่
  • hoop (noun): a large ring of plastic, wood or iron - ห่วง
  • icicle: a pointed piece of ice that is formed when water freezes as it falls down from something such as a roof - แท่งน้ำแข็งแหลมที่ย้อยลงมา
  • in the wake (idiom): happening after an event or as a result of it - สืบเนื่องมาจาก
  • laundry: washing clothes, sheets, etc. for customers - กิจกรรมซักรีดเสื้อผ้า
  • literally: really true; exactly as what was said - อย่างแท้จริง, อย่างตามตัวอักษร
  • mangled: badly damaged through being crushed or twisted - ซึ่งเสียโฉม, ซึ่งแหลกเหลว
  • medical: connected with illness and injury and their treatment - ทางการแพทย์, ด้านการแพทย์, เกี่ยวกับการแพทย์
  • melt: to change from a solid form to liquid (e.g. ice to water) - ละลาย
  • missing (adj): lost; not able to find someone/something; not in the usual place because it has been removed or lost - ซึ่งหายไป
  • National Guard (noun): the army in each state of the US that can be used by the federal government if needed - กองกำลังรักษาดิน
  • notice: information or a warning about something that is going to happen - การแจ้ง, การแจ้งล่วงหน้า
  • notify: to tell someone officially about something - แจ้ง
  • protection: the act of protecting somebody/something; the state of being protected - การอารักขา, การปกป้อง
  • rage (verb): to continue with a lot of force, anger or violence - ลุกลาม
  • rank: to put someone or something into a position according to their success, importance, size etc - จัดลำดับ
  • resources: things such as money, workers and equipment that can be used to help achieve something - ทรัพยากร
  • rim (noun): the edge of something in the shape of a circle - ขอบ, ริม
  • rush: to move or do something very quickly - รีบเร่ง, วิ่ง
  • scope (noun): the things that a particular activity, organisation, subject, etc deals with - ขอบเขต
  • shattered: badly damaged or destroyed - ที่เสียหายป่นปี้
  • site: a place where something is located - สถานที่
  • smoldering (adj): burning slowly without a flame - ไหม้ช้าๆ โดยไม่มีเปลวไฟ แต่มีควัน
  • solidify: to become or to make something become more definite and less likely to change - ทำให้มั่นคงแข็งแรง, ทำให้แข็งตัว
  • stinging (adj): causing someone to feel a sharp pain in a part of their body - ทำให้เจ็บปวด
  • take stock of (idiom): to stop and think carefully about the way in which a particular situation is developing in order to decide what to do next -
  • tyre (noun): (American: "tire") a thick rubber ring that fits around the edge of a wheel of a car, bicycle, etc. - ยางรถ
  • uncontained (adj): not under control - ที่ไม่ได้รับการควบคุม
  • vehicle: a machine that you travel in or on, especially one with an engine that travels on roads, e.g., a car, bus, van, truck, etc. - ยานพาหนะ
  • warning: an action or statement telling someone of a possible problem or danger - การเตือน
  • wildfire (noun): a fire in a forested area that begins naturally, i.e., is not likely caused by humans - ไฟป่าที่รุนแรงและลุกไหม้เป็นบริเวณกว้าง
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