California wildfires: hope among wreckage but death toll rises to 35

9,000 firefighters battling 17 large fires across northern California 90,000 forced from homes and 5,700 homes and businesses destroyed A fifth day of desperate firefighting in California wine country brought a glimmer of hope on Friday, as crews battling the flames reported their first progress toward containing the massive blazes and hundreds more firefighters poured in to join the effort. The scale of the disaster also became clearer as authorities said the fires had chased an estimated 90,000 people from their homes and destroyed at least 5,700 homes and businesses. The death toll rose to 35, making this the deadliest and most destructive series of wildfires in California history. The deaths were briefly tallied at 36, but authorities said one was double-counted. Continue reading...