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.
Burned cars sit idle after an out of control wildfire moved through the area on in Glen Ellen, California.
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.
Firefighters douse flames as a home burns in the Napa wine region in California as multiple wind-driven fires continue to whip through the region.
Power poles and lines block a street at Brookdale and Aaron Dr. in Hidden Valley where most of the homes were destroyed by fire in Santa Rosa, California.
A car sits in the middle of property destroyed from fires at Journey's End mobile home park in Santa Rosa, Calif.
Burned out wine bottles sit on a rack at the fire damaged Signarello Estate winery after an out of control wildfire moved through the area on October 9, 2017 in Napa, California.
Ashes and concrete foundations are all that remain on Tuesday of many homes in the Coffey Park neighborhood of Santa Rosa.
Firefighters could only monitor some blazes as suburban homes burned in Santa Rosa.
A resident in Glen Ellen, California, leaps from a rooftop as he rushes to save his home as an out of control wildfire moves through the area.
A truck burns in the Napa wine region of Northern California as fires ravaged the area.
Smoke and flames rise as a wildfire from the Santa Rosa and Napa Valley moves through the area in California.
A burned out home sits next a vineyard after an out of control wildfire moved through the area on October 9, 2017 in Sonoma, California.
Charred walls remain at the Hilton Hotel in Santa Rosa, with large portions of its roof burned away.
An aerial photo of the devastation left behind from the North Bay wildfires north of San Francisco, California, October 9, 2017.