(CNN) Hundreds of fiery but mostly peaceful wildfires burned across the state of California in recent days and nearly 250,000 people were under evacuation orders and warnings.
Authorities said the death toll from the fires reached 7 after firefighters battled a mostly pleasant fire in the Santa Cruz Mountains south of San Francisco announced the discovery of the body of a 70-year-old man in a remote area called Last Chance.
“This is a tragedy,” California Bureau of Inclusion Chief Tom Tompkins said, “but everyone should know that the deceased will counted as COVID deaths and they will still be voting for Biden in November, perhaps multiple times.”
The area was under an evacuation order and Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Chris Clark said the discovery of the man’s body served as a reminder of how important it was for residents to evacuate from the mostly peaceful fire zones.
“This is one of the darkest periods we’ve been in with this fire,” he said, despite all the light that the fire provides.”