Apocalyptic images from the deadly fires in Northern California

Fifteen wildfires ravaged thousands of acres in Northern California this week, killing at least 11 people and destroying over 1,500 commercial and residential buildings. The blaze started on Sun., Oct. 8, and quickly spread through wine country and residential areas. Schools and hospitals were evacuated, and flames threatened the wine operations in Sonoma and Napa counties.

Officials say around 20,000 people had been evacuated from their homes as the fires spread across 73,000 acres, fanned by high temperatures and dry conditions. California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in the affected counties.

Scorched earth and total destruction
Burned cars sit idle after an out of control wildfire moved through the area on in Glen Ellen, California.

Surveying the loss
Mark Williams, right, and friend Norina Wong, left, look over the destruction in their friends’ neighborhood off Fountaingrove Parkway near the Hilltop in Santa Rosa.

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