Firefighters facing a resurgence of high winds on Wednesday struggled to halt wildfires that have killed at least 23 people,
destroyed 3,500 structures and left hundreds missing in chaotic evacuations across northern California’s wine country.
Flames erupted on Sunday night when gale force winds toppled power lines across the region, possibly igniting one of the
deadliest wildfire outbreaks in California history.
The Sonoma County town of Santa Rosa, the largest city in the wine country region, was particularly hard hit by the fire.
Blocks of some neighborhoods were nearly obliterated with nothing left but charred debris, broken walls, chimneys and the
steel frames of burned-out cars.