California Wine Country wildfires kill 10, destroy 1,500 homes

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) – California fire officials say that at least 10 people have died in Northern California wildfires, bringing the total number of fatalities to three.

Firefighters were struggling to control more than a dozen wildfires whipped by strong winds that swept through Northern California's wine country on Monday.

So far, fast-moving wildfires destroyed more than 1,500 homes, department stores, hotels and other commercial structures in Northern California.

The state's top fire officials said Monday that firefighters have focused on evacuating residents and saving lives rather than battling the blaze and protecting buildings.