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Raging wildfires in California

Destructive fires in Northern California have killed at least 21 people and destroyed at least 1,500 buildings, leaving devastating scenes in their path. More than 150,000 acres have been burned, forcing the evacuation of up to 20,000 people. Hundres of people are recorded missing and the fire gained momentum as winds picked up on Wednesday.
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The main building at Paras Vinyards burns in the Mount Veeder area of Napa in California on Oct. 10. (Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)
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An aerial view of blocks of burned down homes at the Journey’s End Mobile Home Park after a wildfire passed through in Santa Rosa, Calif., Oct. 10. (Josh Haner/The New York Times)
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Homeowner Martha Marquez looks over her burned home in Santa Rosa, Calif. on Oct. 10. (Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)
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The sun rises through a cloud of smoke after a wildfire swept through the area in Sonoma County on Oct. 10. (Paul Kitagaki Jr. /The Sacramento Bee via AP)
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Mary Caughey, center in blue, reacts with her son Harrison, left, after finding her wedding ring in debris at her home destroyed by fires in Kenwood, Calif., Oct. 10. (Jeff Chiu/Associated Press)
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Flames overtake a structure as nearby homes burn in the Napa wine region in California on October 9, as multiple wind-driven fires continue to whip through the region. (Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)
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An aerial view of homes burned by wildfire in the Coffey Park neighborhood of Santa Rosa, Calif., Oct. 10, (Josh Haner/The New York Times)
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A resident rushes to save his home as an out of control wildfire moves through the area on Oct. 9, in Glen Ellen, Calif. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Jennifer wheels through a burned Journeys End Mobile Home Park in Santa Rosa, California on Oct. 10. (Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)
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Jim Stites watches part of his neighborhood burn in Fountaingrove, Calif., Oct. 9. (Kent Porter/The Press Democrat via AP)
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A natural-color image acquired by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument on NASA’s Terra satellite of the smoke billowing from the fires in northern California, Oct. 9. (NASA via EPA/Shutterstock)
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Nancy Cook sifts through the remains of her home at the Journey’s End Mobile Home Park after a wildfire passed through in Santa Rosa, Calif., Oct. 10. (Josh Haner/The New York Times)
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A view of a scorched vineyard in Sonoma, Calif., Oct. 10. (MABANGL/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)
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Kristine Pond reacts as she searches the remains of her family’s home destroyed by fires in Santa Rosa, Calif., Oct. 9. (Jeff Chiu/Associated Press)
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The Coffey Park subdivision in Santa Rosa, Calif., is seen before, left, and after wildfires swept through the area on Oct. 9. Officials have called it one of the most destructive fire emergencies in the state’s history. (GOOGLE EARTH, left and CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL)
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An American flag still flies as as structures burn in Coffey Park, Oct. 9. (Kent Porter/The Press Democrat via AP)
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A sign stands next to fire damaged mobile homes at the Journey’s End Mobile Home Park on Oct. 9, in Santa Rosa, Calif. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Burned out wine bottles sit on a rack at the fire damaged Signarello Estate winery after a wildfire moved through the area on Oct. 9, in Napa, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Coffey Park homes burn early Oct. 9 in Santa Rosa, Calif. (Kent Porter/The Press Democrat via AP)
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A woman evacuates horses as strong Santa Ana winds blow fire and smoke from the Canyon 2 Fire toward them on Oct. 9 in Orange, Calif. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)
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Residents of the Coffey Park neighborhood sift through a relative’s home that was torched, Oct. 9, in Santa Rosa. (Kent Porter/The Press Democrat via AP)
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Vicky Walker hugs Orange County Fire Authority firefighter Jose Garcia as she thanks him for helping to save her home in Anaheim Hills in Anaheim, Calif., Oct. 9. (Jeff Gritchen/The Orange County Register via AP)
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Smoke rises as a wildfire burns in the hills east of Napa, Calif., Oct. 9. (Michael Short/San Francisco Chronicle via AP)
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A destroyed car sits in the remains of a home in Santa Rosa, Calif. Oct. 9. Multiple wildfires are scattered through out Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties, leaving at least 10 people dead and destroying homes and businesses in their path. (MABANGL/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)
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Flames from a wildfire approach a pair of horses in a field Oct. 9, in Napa, Calif. (Rich Pedroncelli/Associated Press)
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Michael Pond, left, looks through ashes as his wife Kristine, center, gets a hug from Zack Thurston, their daughter’s boyfriend, while they search the remains of their home destroyed by fires in Santa Rosa, Calif., Oct. 9. (Jeff Chiu/Associated Press)
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Firefighters assess the scene as a house burns in the Napa wine region of California on Oct. 9, as multiple wind-driven fires continue to ravage the area burning structures and causing widespread evacuations. (Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)
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Hotel guests watch the Hilton Sonoma Wine Country burn to the ground in Santa Rosa, Calif., Oct. 9. (Jim Wilson/The New York Times)
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Rudy Habibe, from Puerto Rico, stands by the burning Hilton Sonoma Wine Country hotel, where he was a guest, in Santa Rosa, Calif., Oct. 9. (Jeff Chiu/Associated Press)
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Fire consumes a home as out of control wildfires move through the area on Oct. 9, in Glen Ellen, Calif. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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A firefighter positions a hose at a home burning in Glen Ellen, Calif., Oct. 9. (Jim Wilson/The New York Times)
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The Historic Round Barn burns, Oct. 9 in Santa Rosa, Calif. (Kent Porter/The Press Democrat via AP)
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A row of chimneys mark destroyed homes in the Coffey Park subdivision of Santa Rosa, Calif., Oct. 9. (Jim Wilson/The New York Times)
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Homeowners embrace after learning that their home was destroyed by the Canyon Fire No. 2 in Anaheim Hills, Calif. USA, 09 October 2017. The Canyon Fire 2 has spread to between four to five thousand acres and is zero percent contained. Canyon Fire No. 2 burns homes in Southern California, Anaheim Hills, USA - 09 Oct 2017 (Paul Buck/EPA/Shutterstock)
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People watch as a wildfire burns along a hillside, Oct. 9, in Orange, Calif. (Jae C. Hong/Associated Press)
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Bruce and Lisa Coats look over the remains of their home in the Coffey Park subdivision of Santa Rosa, Calif., Oct. 9. (Jim Wilson/The New York Times)
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A home destroyed by a wildfire is visible in Santa Rosa, Calif., Oct. 9. (JOHN G. MABANGLO/EPA/Shutterstock)
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A motorcycle burns in the driveway of a home on fire in Glen Ellen, Calif., Oct. 9. (Jim Wilson/The New York Times)
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A firefighter puts water on a home destroyed by the Canyon Fire No. 2 in Anaheim Hills, Calif. (PAUL BUCK/EPA/Shutterstock)
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A firefighter takes a break after battling wildfire flames during the Canyon Fire No. 2 in Anaheim Hills, Calif. (GARCIA/EPA/Shutterstock)
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A burning home is doused with water from firefighters during the Canyon Fire No. 2 in Anaheim Hills, Calif., (EUGENE GARCIA/EPA/Shutterstock)
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A Cazadero firefighter struggles to protect a home from catching fire in Coffey Park, Oct. 9, in Santa Rosa, Calif. (Kent Porter/The Press Democrat via AP)
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The sun is seen through a smoked filled sky as a charred tree stands near a destroyed home in Santa Rosa, Calif. (MABANGL/EPA/Shutterstock)
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Trees sway in the Santa Ana Winds as a smoke rises from the Canyon Fire 2, Oct. 9, in Orange, California. (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
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Burned out cars sit next to a building on fire in a fire ravaged neighborhood on Oct. 9, in Santa Rosa, Calif. (Justin Sullivan)
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Residents walk through the fire damaged Journey’s End Mobile Home Park on Oct. 9, in Santa Rosa, Calif. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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A helicopter dumps water on a home as firefighters battle a wildfire in Anaheim Hills in Anaheim, Calif., Oct. 9. (eff Gritchen/The Orange County Register via AP)
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Tina and Art Anaya hug Lisa Coats on a street in the Coffey Park subdivision, where they all lost their homes to a wildfire, in Santa Rosa, Calif., Oct. 9. (Jim Wilson/The New York Times)
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Burning embers remain from a demolished home in the Anaheim Hills neighborhood in Anaheim, California on Oct. 9, after a fire spread quickly through the area destroying homes, prompting mandatory evacuations and freeway closures. (FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
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