By Friday morning, the wine country fires collectively had become the deadliest outbreak of fires in California history, to no one's surprise.
Eight of the deaths occurred in Mendocino County, in the Mendocino Lake Complex Fires. The number is expected to go up, and more days of fire lie ahead, unless the weather forecast is very wrong.
Residents who had to flee the fires took shelter in Ukiah and Willits.
Ashley Tressel has been covering the story for the Ukiah Daily Journal.