Photos of Northern California wildfire devastation

An aerial view of homes that were destroyed by wildfire in Santa Rosa Calif

Already, 25,000 people had been ordered to leave the area and other parts of Northern California and officials in the city of Santa Rosa and Sonoma County called for the evacuations of five more areas.

Firefighters are taking advantage of cooler temperatures and decreased winds to make headway with tackling the blazes.

"People were in bed, asleep at midnight, and these fires came down on these communities with no warning within minutes", said state fire agency Chief Ken Pimlott.

At the Inn on First bed and breakfast in the famous wine town of Napa, co-owner Jamie Cherry was encouraging callers to postpone rather than cancel visits, as wildfires burned largely unchecked across the region.

Photo by David McNew/Getty Images A Halloween decoration is the only thing left standing in front of homes that were destroyed by the Tubbs Fire in Santa Rosa.

The Chronicle has the latest on the death toll, which they say has risen to 23 as of this morning.

There were no new mandatory evacuations related to the Tubbs fire overnight, but the town of Calistoga as well as large swaths of Santa Rosa and Sonoma County remained under evacuation orders, as the fire spread north and east Thursday.

Since then, authorities have brought tents and sleeping bags and opened public buildings and restaurants to house people seeking refuge in the safety and clean air of the coastal community of Bodega Bay. The state's newly legalized marijuana industry was also hit hard, with at least 20 pot farms in Sonoma, Mendocino and Napa counties ravaged, a growers' association said.

"That's because it's pre-heating the fuel above it. So if a fire is going up a mountain it will go very fast".

The wildfires continued to grow in size. Ally May put a sprinkler on her roof before heading out, hoping that'll help keep the flames at bay.

In Somoma County, about 400 people are still unaccounted for, nearly 200-thousand acres have burned, and more than 3,500 homes and businesses have been destroyed.

"According to the government's climate change risk assessment wildfires are predicted to increase in the United Kingdom by 30-50% by 2080", says Rob. Right now, Constellation says, it's focusing on the well-being of its families in the affected region.

"We've had big fires in the past, but this is one of the biggest", California Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday afternoon.

The national guard is having to run fuel to fire trucks as so many petrol stations have lost power.

The Northern California wildfires are responsible for at least 31 deaths, officials said.

They awoke to good news, however. "Then you can win and suppress it really effectively".

If you live in Northern California, you can volunteer and donate aid through this Facebook page. "I feel so bad for all the other people". "They won't tell us nothing".



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