More than 20,000 people were evacuated from their homes as wildfires raged across California this week.
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.
🔥 “It’s all hands on deck” 🔥— Ed Joyce (@EdJoyce) October 9, 2017
Massive #wildfires in northern #California counties, including Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, burn hundreds of homes and businesses, force evacuations and hospitals to close. https://t.co/HsVRfdFysw via @SFGate #TubbsFire #RedwoodFire #AtlasFire pic.twitter.com/oDOxGwKZg2
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...
Tourists visiting Napa Valley's famous wineries were displaced by the fire and a number of historic vineyards were destroyed.
Signorello Estate in Napa had their building leveled, one of five wineries which were caught in the path of the blaze. So far 100,000 acres have been affected by the fires, and while they're spreading far from California's urban centers, the danger is hard to ignore.
Visitors at Disneyland could see the smoke from the fires on Monday, and parts of Los Angeles are facing air quality warnings today. Vice President Pence assured California residents that "We are standing with you," and help is on its way.
Meanwhile, 2017 will likely become a historic vintage for many of California's wineries. While most of the grapes have already been picked, winemakers say that the fires will impact their business for years to come.
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