A fire chief loses his home as he battles the Northern California wildfire

Flames engulf California wine country
Flames engulf California wine country


    Flames engulf California wine country


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(CNN)Tom Welch has been fighting fires for more than 10 years.

But none may have been as challenging as what he's going through this week:
Welch, now the fire chief of the Mill Valley Fire Department, is coordinating his department's response to the wildfires blazing through Northern California -- even as the flames have laid waste to his own home.
    In a statement on its website, the city of Mill Valley said Welch -- a Santa Rosa resident -- lost his home to the Sonoma and Napa fires.
    His family is safe, the city said.
    Mill Valley has set up a "YouCaring" site to help the fire chief and other affected families. The campaign has raised more than $36,000 already.
    Over a dozen wildfires continue to scorch Northern California leaving more than 100,000 acres burned and over 1,500 homes and businesses destroyed.
    Seven of the 11 people reported dead are from Santa Rosa.