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10 confirmed fatalities in Northern California wildfires

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Authorities say a total of 10 people have died in the wildfires burning in Northern California. 

The Sonoma County Sheriff's Office tweeted Monday that seven fire-related deaths were reported from fires there. California fire officials reported earlier that two people died in Napa County and one died in Mendocino County.

California's fire chief says at least 1,500 homes and commercial buildings have been destroyed in the multiple wildfires that have ripped through the state's wine country.
    
He says numerous people have been injured and a number of residents are also missing as 14 large fires burn.

Six people injured were being treated for burns at St. Francis Memorial Hospital's burn center in San Francisco, spokeswoman Blair Holloway said. She says two of the injured were in critical condition and four were critical but stable.

CAL FIRE Director Ken Pimlott says an estimated 20,000 people have been evacuated.
    
He called the estimates of destroyed structures very conservative. He says firefighters have focused on evacuating residents and saving lives rather than battling the blaze and protecting buildings.

He says most of the fires started at about 10 p.m. Sunday and their causes are under investigation. 

October is typically the most dangerous time for fires in the state. Pimlott says there have been 1,500 more wildfires this year than last year at this time.

The California Highway Patrol says numerous roads are closed in the fire region, which is an eight-county swath of wine country north of San Francisco.

One of the hardest-hit areas, the City of Santa Rosa, has imposed a sunset curfew as authorities are on the lookout for looters. Acting police Chief Craig Schwartz said Monday the curfew will be enforced in a mandatory evacuation zone, with violators possibly subject to arrest.    

Other officials said they were beginning to get reports of looting in areas affected by fires. 
    
Santa Rosa has about 175,000 residents.

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