US A fire chief loses his home as he battles the Northern California wildfire

20:20  10 october  2017
20:20  10 october  2017 Source:   CNN

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Welch, now the fire chief of the Mill Valley Fire Department, is coordinating his department's response to the wildfires blazing through Northern California -- even as the flames have laid waste to his own home .

California ’s fire chief says at least 1,500 homes and commercial buildings have been destroyed in wildfires ripping through Northern California . (Oct. 9).

  A fire chief loses his home as he battles the Northern California wildfire © City of Mill Valley

Tom Welch has been fighting fires for more than 10 years.

He's battled blazes as an engineer paramedic, a fire captain, a fire marshal and a battalion chief.

But none may have been as challenging as what he's going through this week:

Welch, now the fire chief of the Mill Valley Fire Department, is coordinating his department's response to the wildfires blazing through Northern California -- even as the flames have laid waste to his own home.

In a statement on its website, the city of Mill Valley said Welch -- a Santa Rosa resident -- lost his home to the Sonoma and Napa fires.

His family is safe, the city said.

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California ’s fire chief says at least 1,500 homes and commercial buildings have been destroyed in wildfires ripping through Northern California . (Oct. 9).

— California 's fire chief says at least 1,500 homes and commercial buildings have been destroyed in 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.

Mill Valley has set up a "YouCaring" site to help the fire chief and other affected families. The campaign has raised more than $36,000 already.

Over a dozen wildfires continue to scorch Northern California leaving more than 100,000 acres burned and over 1,500 homes and businesses destroyed.

Seven of the 11 people reported dead are from Santa Rosa.

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Officials are urging people to stay inside, especially children and those with lung problems ."And also, when you're driving, make sure your AC is on re-circulate," said Alonso. "Protecting yourself from that, so your air filters are doing all the work for you and they're not bringing in that outside air."Alonso said the long-term effects of breathing in this air are still unknown. But to lessen the chances of developing a serious illness, he encouraged people to remain patient and not clean up their homes.

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