Apocalyptic Photos: At Least 17 Killed, 200 Missing As Wildfires Devour California

The Governor declared a state of emergency as nearly 200 people have been reported missing and around 120,000 acres have been destroyed. 

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

California has been devastated by deadly wildfires. As the LA Times reports, at least 17 people have died with nearly 200 reported missing as fires continue to sweep over Northern California's Napa and Sonoma counties. In Southern California, fires have ravaged between 5,000 to 6,000 acres from the Anaheim Hills. Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency for Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties.

The devastation is only increasing. At least 1,500 structures have been destroyed in more than 15 Northern California fires, which has added up to collectively over 115,000 acres. CNN reports that smoke from the fires led to the worst air pollution on record for Northern California. “These fires came down into neighborhoods before anyone knew there was a fire in many cases,” Cal Fire Chief Ken Pimlott said per the Washington Post. “This is just pure devastation and it’s going to take us a while to get out and comb through all of this.” Officials say it could be weeks before residents who evacuated can return home.

Photographers and victims have captured the tragedy in powerful images.  

An inmate firefighter monitors flames as a house burns in the Napa wine region. 

A McDonald's restaurant is seen after burning down in Santa Rosa.

The main building at Paras Vinyards burns in the Mount Veeder area of Napa.

A toy car is left scorched in a neighborhood destroyed by fire in Santa Rosa.

The "Very Large Air Tanker" makes a drop in Anaheim Hills.

A resident rushes to save his home as an out of control wildfire moves through Glen Ellen.

Flames consume a home in Glen Ellen.

Peters Canyon Regional Park in Orange smolders. 

The remains of fire-damaged homes in Glen Ellen.

Penny Wright weeps with husband Edward at the site of their Santa Rosa home. 

A fireman battles the flames in Anaheim Hills. 

Journey's End Mobile Home Park in Santa Rosa. 

A man douses his neighbor's house while his dog watches.

A video shows gas lines ablaze.

An entire block in Santa Rosa appears to have been devastated.

[Photos: Getty Images}


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