DFA: Filipino Among Dead in Northern California Fire

A Filipino has been presumed among those who perished in the wildfires that engulfed northern California’s wine country, the Department of Foreign Affairs said on Tuesday.

The remains of the Filipino, who is not named in the report, “which have yet to be positively identified, were recovered on October 14, 2017, in Napa County,” the Philippine consulate general in San Francisco told the DFA.

“We offer our sincere sympathies and prayers to the family of our kababayan (countryman) who perished in this horrific fire,” Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said in a statement.

“I have instructed our Consulate General in San Francisco to offer all possible assistance to the family and to continue to closely monitor the welfare of other Filipinos in the affected areas,” Cayetano added.

The Philippine Consulate-General, through Deputy Consul General Jaime Ramon Ascalon, “has been in touch with the victim’s family and has offered assistance, especially in coordinating arrangements for the repatriation of the victim’s remains.”

“We also continue to communicate with the Filipino community through our social media advisories, and have offered consular assistance to Filipinos affected by the wildfires,” Ascalon said.

The Consulate has earlier encouraged Filipinos based in the area “to get up-to-date information on evacuations, shelters and road closures by texting your zip code to 888777” or coordinate with its office by calling +1 415 748 9888 or email [email protected]

The death toll of the fires has reach 40 as emergency workers struggle to control more than a dozen fires.

More than 10,000 firefighters and police have been deployed in a massive emergency operation where more than 100,000 people have been evacuated from their homes, with hundreds unaccounted for.