Fire weather to persist as crews battle deadly California blazes

Weather conditions fueling two mammoth wildfires in Northern California that have destroyed hundreds of homes and killed at least 23 people will not let up for days, and fire officials warned Wednesday that the emergency will get worse before it gets better.

"You all know the weather conditions — we're going to see these conditions continue for the next several days, minimum," Ken Pimlott, director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire, said at a news conference in Sonoma County, where most of the deaths have occurred. "And we're planning for that, we're staffing for that.

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