Winds expected to drive next wave of deadly California fires

Gusting winds and dry air forecast for Thursday could drive the next wave of devastating wildfires that are already well on their way to becoming the deadliest and most destructive in California history. Winds up to 45 mph are expected to sweep across northern parts of California where at least 23 people have died and at least 3,500 homes and businesses have been destroyed, according to the Associated Press.

Video from a scorched Napa neighborhood shows nothing but ruins.

“It looks like another planet,” said Los Angeles State Senator Kevin De Leon, “It’s heartbreaking.”

“It’s going to continue to get worse before it gets better,” state fire Chief Ken Pimlott said Wednesday,” “We are literally looking at explosive vegetation.”

Officials say hundreds of people had been reported missing, but they believe many will eventually be found. Chaotic evacuations and poor communications over the past few days have made locating friends and family difficult.