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Deadly California Wildfires | Photos and Videos

Photos, videos show scope of California wildfire devastation


Reuters
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Monday, October 16, 2017, 10:22 - Firefighters gained ground on the deadliest wildfires in California history on Sunday (October 15) as winds eased while searchers combed charred ruins for more victims of the blazes that have claimed at least 40 lives.

Two of the three most destructive fires in Northern Californiawere more than half contained. 

Some residents who fled the flames in hard-hit Sonoma County could be allowed to return home in the next 24 hours, officials said. More than 5,700 structures have been destroyed by more than a dozen wildfires, which ignited a week ago and have consumed an area larger than New York City. The city of Santa Rosa lost entire neighborhoods.


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About 11,000 firefighters supported by air tankers and helicopters are battling blazes that have consumed more than 217,000 acres. 

Twenty-two people died in Sonoma County, and 174 people were still listed as missing there although the number has dropped from 235 on Saturday as more people checked in with authorities. 

Evacuation orders were lifted for the picturesque Napa Valley resort town of Calistoga, whose 5,000 residents were ordered out by authorities four days ago with fire within miles of downtown.

The 40 confirmed fatalities make the fires California's deadliest since recordkeeping began, surpassing the 29 deaths from the Griffith Park fire of 1933 in Los Angeles. 

About 75,000 people remain displaced.

Below is a first-hand look at the devastation so far:

An American flag hangs from a tree in a neighborhood destroyed by wildfire in Santa Rosa, California, U.S., October 12, 2017. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

The remains of a mobile home park where fatalities took place when it was destroyed in wildfire are seen in Santa Rosa, California, U.S., October 15, 2017. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

A man stands on a roof and surveys damage to a neighborhood destroyed by wildfire in Santa Rosa, California, U.S., October 12, 2017. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

Area residents walk through a neighborhood destroyed by wildfire in Santa Rosa, California, U.S., October 12, 2017. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

An aerial view of properties destroyed by the Tubbs Fire in Santa Rosa. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

Firefighters work to contain the Tubbs wildfire outside Calistoga, California, U.S. October 12, 2017. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

An aerial view of properties destroyed by the Tubbs Fire in Santa Rosa. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

A structure destroyed by wildfire smolders outside Calistoga, California, U.S. October 12, 2017. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

Smoke and flame rise from the Hilton Sonoma Wine Country during the Tubbs Fire in Santa Rosa, California. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

A hill is being silhouetted by flames during the Nuns Fire in Kenwood, California, U.S., October 10, 2017. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

Smoke from wildfires are seen over Sonoma Valley, California, U.S. October 10, 2017 in this picture obtained from social media. INSTAGRAM / Greg Espiritu via REUTERS

A firefighter works to put out hot spots on a fast moving wind driven wildfire in Orange. REUTERS/Mike Blake

A burned out K-Mart store destroyed by the Tubbs Fire is seen in Santa Rosa, California, U.S., October 10, 2017. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

A group of retired police officers works through the ruins to look for a police badge for fellow retired officer Tom Francois after his home was destroyed by the Tubbs Fire in Santa Rosa, California, U.S., October 10, 2017. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

A residential neighborhood destroyed by the Tubbs Fire is seen along Fountaingrove Parkway in Santa Rosa, California, U.S., October 10, 2017. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

A burning structure is seen at the Hilton Sonoma Wine Country during the Tubbs Fire in Santa Rosa, California, U.S., October 9, 2017. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

A damaged cart is seen amidst burning ruins at the Hilton Sonoma Wine Country during the Tubbs Fire in Santa Rosa, California, U.S., October 9, 2017. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

Burnt structures are seen at the historic Stornetta Dairy along Highway 121 during the Nuns Fire in Sonoma, California. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

A man takes a photograph of structures destroyed by the Nuns Fire along Highway 121 in Sonoma, California, U.S., October 9, 2017. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

Burnt structures are seen along Highway 121 during the Nuns Fire in Sonoma, California, U.S., October 9, 2017. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

A water heater stands amidst remains of a home destroyed by the Nuns Fire along Napa Road in Sonoma, California, U.S., October 9, 2017. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

 













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