Monday, December 11, 2017
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All Eyes photo gallery: At least 10 die as wildfires scorch California

A swarm of fires supercharged by powerful winds ripped through Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties on Monday, killing at least 10 people, injuring dozens of others, destroying more than 1,500 homes and businesses, and reducing prominent wineries to ash.

Starting before dawn Monday, the fires hopscotched across neighborhoods, raced across fields and jumped freeways. Wind gusts up to 70 mph pushed walls of flames nearly 100 feet high, throwing embers ahead into strip malls and subdivisions. Many people who fled the surge had enough time to grab car keys, perhaps a pet, but not much more.

            

Jim Wilson/The New York Times

     

Chuck Rippey searches through the remains of his parents' home in Napa, Calif., Oct. 10, 2017. Their parents, Charlie, 100, and Sara Rippey, 99, were killed in the wildfire at their home.

            

AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli

     

Mike Rippey looks over the burned out remains of his parents home at the Silverado Resort, Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017, in Napa, Calif. Charles Rippey, 100 and his wife Sara, 98, died when wind whipped flames swept through the area Sunday night.

            

AP Photo/Ben Margot

     

Leslie Garnica, 17, cries while recalling the fire which destroyed her family home in the Coffey Park area of Santa Rosa, Calif., on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017. An onslaught of wildfires across a wide swath of Northern California broke out almost simultaneously then grew exponentially, swallowing up properties from wineries to trailer parks and tearing through both tiny rural towns and urban subdivisions.

            

Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times/TNS

     

Penny Wright weeps with husband Edward after arriving at their Fountaingrove home of 10 years to find it was completely destroyed in the the Monday morning inferno, on Oct. 10, 2017 in Santa Rosa, Calif.

            

AP Photo/Jeff Chiu

     

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., Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017.

            

Josh Haner/The New York Times

     

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, 2017.

            

AP Photo/Ben Margot

     

Wilted floors sit in a pot that has been partially melted by heat from a fire in the Coffey Park area of Santa Rosa, Calif., on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017. An onslaught of wildfires across a wide swath of Northern California broke out almost simultaneously then grew exponentially, swallowing up properties from wineries to trailer parks and tearing through both tiny rural towns and urban subdivisions.

            

Photo by David McNew/Getty Images

     

A chicken that survived a firestorm in the area of Foxtail Court stands in its scorched cage, on October 10, 2017 in Santa Rosa, California. In one of the worst wildfires in state history, at least 1,500 homes have burned and 11 people have died as more than 14 wildfires continue to spread in eight Northern California counties.

            

Kent Porter/The Press Democrat via AP

     

An American flag still fly's as as structures burn in Coffey Park, Monday Oct. 9, 2017. More than a dozen wildfires whipped by powerful winds been burning though California wine country. The flames have destroyed at least 1,500 homes and businesses and sent thousands of people fleeing.

            

Kent Porter/The Press Democrat via AP

     

A home burns in Fountaingrove, Monday Oct. 9, 2017 in Santa Rosa, Calif. More than a dozen wildfires whipped by powerful winds been burning though California wine country. The flames have destroyed at least 1,500 homes and businesses and sent thousands of people fleeing.

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