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These Photos Show Just How Bad The California Wildfires Are

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Kent Porter / The Press Democrat

More than 20,000 people were evacuated from their homes as wildfires raged across California this week.

An emergency aircraft drops fire retardant.Mike Blake / Reuters

A number of small blazes spread in the dry and windy conditions across the state, with the famed "wine country" north of San Francisco being hit the hardest. So far more than 1,500 homes in the region have been destroyed and 10 people are dead - with that number expected to rise as firefighters search the area.

Over 100 people have also been reported missing, which officials say is probably because power outages have interrupted cell phone reception in the area, making it hard for victims to reach their loved ones. Dramatic photos show just how bad this disaster really is:

This was the Coffey Park neighborhood of Santa Rosa, California before the fire, a thriving subdivision home to more than 8,000 people. Here's how Coffey Park looks today, as seen by the California Highway Patrol.

That's not the only place this fire has wreaked havoc...

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