California wildfires ravage famous wine counties

10-10-2017 1:36 pm

Califronia's wine country continues to burn, as a series of wildfires ravish the state for the third consecutive day.

CNN reports that 11 people have died as a result of the fires, and dozens have been reported missing.

California's wine regions have been a long-standing popular tourist attraction for Canadians from British Columbia, but Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino have been largely destroyed.

According to The Guardian, the Governor of California, Jerry Brown, has declared a state of emergency in eight counties – Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Sonoma and Yuba counties.

Prone to droughts, over the last few years California's vegetation has developed thicker defense mechanisms, making it more susceptible to fires.

There's currently no rain in store for the State of California for the next seven days, and approximnately 20,000 people have been forced to evacuate.