Firefighters gain ground against NorCal wildfires, death toll rises to 40

Continuing coverage of what is now considered the deadliest wildfires in California history.

The death toll from the blazes has risen to at least 40.

But officials said some 11,000 firefighters are gaining ground against 15 fires, down from 21 last week.

Two of three most destructive fires in northern California were more than half contained.

More than 5,700 homes and businesses have been destroyed by the blazes — which ignited a week ago and have consumed an area larger than New York City.

Entire neighborhoods in Santa Rosa have been reduced to rubbles and ashes. More than 217,000 acres have been destroyed, and about 75,000 people remain displaced.

BA continues to stay in touch with Filipinos who lost their homes, particularly in Santa Rosa. They continue to seek shelter with relatives and friends as they wait for further instructions from authorities.

Ina de Castro, whose house was the only one left standing in her neighborhood told BA that their insurance agent told them that their house will need to be gutted due to extensive smoke damage. She said they have to look for a rental near the area for at least a year since authorities said it will take that long to rebuild.

She said they have to look for a rental near the area for at least a year since authorities said it will take that long to rebuild.

But De Castro said there is a shortage of rentals in wine country, and now those displaced are having a tough time moving forward.

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