Wildfires whipped by powerful winds are sweeping through Northern California, sending residents on a headlong flight to safety through smoke and flames as homes and businesses burned.
More than 20 people are dead and many more injured. Thousands of homes and businesses have been destroyed. Those figures were expected to surge in the coming days as more information is available.
Taken as a group, the fires are already among the deadliest, largest and most destructive in California history.
Scroll down for images from the October fires in Napa and Sonoma counties.
About 100 patients were evacuated from hospitals and resident were forced to leave neighborhoods due to wildfires Sunday Oct. 8, 2017 in Napa and Sonoma counties.