Apple Valley woman among 10 victims ID'd in deadly North Bay fires

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During a press conference Thursday, Sonoma County officials identified 10 victims who have died in the raging North Bay wildfires, and now the death toll stands at 31. (KGO-TV)

An Apple Valley woman is among 10 deceased victims identified in the North Bay fires, according to Sonoma County officials.

Carmen Caldentey Berriz, 75, of Apple Valley, was vacationing in Santa Rosa with family members when she died, officials said.

Seventeen of 31 confirmed deaths are from Sonoma County. The death toll makes it the deadliest week of wildfires in California history.

The other nine victims who have been identified are:

-Carol Collins-Swasey, 76 years old from Santa Rosa
-Lynne Anderson Powell, 72 years old from Santa Rosa
-Arthur Tasman Grant, 95 years old from Santa Rosa
-Suiko Grant, 75 years old from Santa Rosa
-Donna Mae Halbur, 80 years old from Larkfield
-Leroy Peter Halbur, 80 years old from Larkfield
-Valerie Lynn Evans, 75 years old from Santa Rosa
-Michael John Dornbach, 57 years old from Calistoga
-Veronica Elizabeth McCombs, 67 years old from Santa Rosa

The 22 fires spanned more than 265 square miles as they entered their fourth day, many of them completely out of control. Modern, strategic attacks that have kept destruction and death tolls low in recent years just haven't worked against their ferocity.

The Oakland Hills fire of 1991 killed 25 people by itself, and the Griffith Park fire in Los Angeles in 1933 killed 29.

While no single fire currently burning has killed as many as those, state fire Deputy Director Daniel Berlant says collectively this is the deadliest series of simultaneous fires in the state in recorded history.

The blazes, most of them in wine country, broke out almost all at once on Sunday night.

PHOTOS: Deadly fires burn in Napa, Calistoga areas
ABC7 News and the Associated Press contributed to this report

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