The Guardian: California wildfire toll rises to 21 as evacuees return to a wasteland12 October 2017 | 00:28 | FOCUS News Agency
On Tuesday, residents of a neighborhood that one described as the kind of place where “everyone talks to each other” returned to a different world. Block after block of houses were leveled, with just a few brick chimneys, the twisted remains of ventilation systems, and scorched trees standing up amid the debris. Metal mailboxes lay on the streets, the wooden posts that once held them up in ashes.
Within the grime-covered landscape, the only hint of sparkle came from streams of melted metal trailing away from burnt-out cars.Santa Rosa firefighter Keenan Lee had been working for 55 hours straight when he and his crew took a break in a Safeway parking lot. The crew had started work on Saturday morning, and weren’t able to stop as the fire barreled into Santa Rosa proper, leveling 2,000 structures.
“We’re certainly all tired, but this is our city,” Lee said. “We certainly want to do everything we can to protect it.”
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