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California police warn there are FAKE firefighters trying to loot wildfire-devastated areas

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Shocking reports have emerged of people posing as firefighters and security guards in wildfire ravaged areas of California to loot evacuated homes and businesses. 

On Wednesday the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office announced they’re investigating reports of fake firefighters in the area impacted by the massive Kincade blaze which has burned through 76,825 acres of land over the past week.   

‘We did get a report yesterday of possibly some fake firefighters out there, wanting to do some looting,’ Sgt. Shawn Murphy said Wednesday. 

However, no suspects have been identified, according to ABC

So far there have been three reports of looting, but no arrests have been made. 

On Wednesday the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office announced they’re investigating reports of fake firefighters in the area impacted by the massive Kincade blaze which has razed through 76,825 acres of land over the past week

On Wednesday the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office announced they’re investigating reports of fake firefighters in the area impacted by the massive Kincade blaze which has razed through 76,825 acres of land over the past week

'We did get a report yesterday of possibly some fake firefighters out there, wanting to do some looting,' Sgt. Shawn Murphy said Wednesday to a group of firefighters. 'Check their credentials. Let's get them out of there.'

‘We did get a report yesterday of possibly some fake firefighters out there, wanting to do some looting,’ Sgt. Shawn Murphy said Wednesday to a group of firefighters. ‘Check their credentials. Let’s get them out of there.’

The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office announced they’re investigating reports of fake firefighters in the area of the Kincade Fire in Northern California on Wednesday

The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office announced they’re investigating reports of fake firefighters in the area of the Kincade Fire in Northern California on Wednesday 

In light of the criminal activity the Sheriff’s office added 300 patrol deputies to areas where residents are under evacuation orders. 

‘You guys don’t want that, you don’t want a couple of idiots to ruin your outstanding reputation, so if you see them please report them to us. Check their credentials. Let’s get them out of there,’ Sgt. Shawn Murphy said in a briefing to fellow firefighters. 

The reports of the fake firefighter looting scheme has sparked outrage among locals, many of whom are sheltering in nearby evacuation centers as real officers tackle the blaze. 

In some emergencies some crooks have been posing as security guards to gain access to evacuated areas. 

‘We’re here to support the community and do our best to get rid of the fire around here,’ Capt. Kevin Correira of the Quincy Fire Department said to Fox

'They’re taking advantage knowing that first responders, police, everyone is so busy. It’s very disheartening,’ Santa Rosa resident Jennie Cormie, who is staying at a local shelter, said

‘They’re taking advantage knowing that first responders, police, everyone is so busy. It’s very disheartening,’ Santa Rosa resident Jennie Cormie, who is staying at a local shelter, said

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'That’s the most terrible thing I’ve ever heard,' Shaun Brewer, Healdsburg resident said. 'Anybody pretending to do that, that’s just total fraud'

‘That’s the most terrible thing I’ve ever heard,’ Shaun Brewer, Healdsburg resident said. ‘Anybody pretending to do that, that’s just total fraud’

Inmate fighters battle the Kincade Fire near Healdsburg, California on Tuesday

Inmate fighters battle the Kincade Fire near Healdsburg, California on Tuesday 

As Southern California reels from a spate of close wildfires, a massive inferno named the Kincade Fire rages on in Northern California in Sonoma County, in the heart of wine country. The blaze, which sparked October 23, has razed through 76,825 acres of land and is just 60% contained as of Thursday morning

As Southern California reels from a spate of close wildfires, a massive inferno named the Kincade Fire rages on in Northern California in Sonoma County, in the heart of wine country. The blaze, which sparked October 23, has razed through 76,825 acres of land and is just 60% contained as of Thursday morning

‘They’re taking advantage knowing that first responders, police, everyone is so busy. It’s very disheartening,’ Santa Rosa resident Jennie Cormie, who is staying at a local shelter, said. 

‘With all the chaos, it’s your natural reaction to do what he’s telling you to do,’ Rich McCaulay, a Healdsburg resident said, on the prospect of being approached by a fake firefighter. 

‘That’s the most terrible thing I’ve ever heard,’ Shaun Brewer, Healdsburg resident said. ‘Anybody pretending to do that, that’s just total fraud.’ 

The Kincade Fire sparked October 23 and has razed through 76,825 acres of land.

So far the flames have destroyed 282 structures and the blaze is just 60% contained, Cal Fire announced Thursday morning. 

It’s speculated to have been caused by a broken jumper cable on an electricity transmission tower owned by Pacific Gas and Electric Co.   

This This image shows the scope of the Kincade wildfire near Sonoma, California image shows the scope of the Kincade wildfire near Sonoma, California

This shortwave infrared image shows the scope of the Kincade wildfire near Sonoma, California. SWIR imagery is helpful for authorities to monitor wildfires and penetrate smoke from space to easily detect active fire lines as well as burned vegetation. Healthy vegetation appears in shades of blue, while burned areas appear orange and rust colored. Active fire areas glow red and orange

This satellite image shows the Kincade Wildfire from space. As of Thursday Morning Cal Fire says the Kincade fire spans 76,825 acres and is 60% contained and has destroyed 282 structures

This satellite image shows the Kincade Wildfire from space. As of Thursday Morning Cal Fire says the Kincade fire spans 76,825 acres and is 60% contained and has destroyed 282 structures

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