Photos: 17 dead, 2000 buildings gutted in California wine country wildfires

17 wildfires fires broke out nearly simultaneously and swept across northern California, killing atleast 17 and injuring over 100. The flames raged unchecked through high-end resorts, grocery stores and tree-lined neighborhoods destroying atleast 2000 buildings.

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Disneyland is seen as wildfires cloud the sky across northern California, in Anaheim. Wildfires whipped by powerful winds swept through California wine country, killing 17 people, injuring at least 100, while destroying 2000 residences and buildings as the flames raged unchecked through high-end resorts, grocery stores and tree-lined neighbourhoods. (Instagram /@KENNYA.BOULTER/Kennya Boulter via REUTERS)

Disneyland is seen as wildfires cloud the sky across northern California, in Anaheim. Wildfires whipped by powerful winds swept through California wine country, killing 17 people, injuring at least 100, while destroying 2000 residences and buildings as the flames raged unchecked through high-end resorts, grocery stores and tree-lined neighbourhoods. (Instagram /@KENNYA.BOULTER/Kennya Boulter via REUTERS)

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Flames from a wildfire approach a pair of horses in a field in Napa, California. 17 large fires spread over 115,000 acres north of San Francisco from Napa in the south to Redding in the north. (Rich Pedroncelli / AP)

Flames from a wildfire approach a pair of horses in a field in Napa, California. 17 large fires spread over 115,000 acres north of San Francisco from Napa in the south to Redding in the north. (Rich Pedroncelli / AP)

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A rack of burned bottles of wine are seen at the Signorello Estate winery in Napa, California. Worried California vintners surveyed the damage to their vineyards and wineries Tuesday after wildfires swept through several counties whose famous names have become synonymous with fine food and drink. (Eric Risberg / AP)

A rack of burned bottles of wine are seen at the Signorello Estate winery in Napa, California. Worried California vintners surveyed the damage to their vineyards and wineries Tuesday after wildfires swept through several counties whose famous names have become synonymous with fine food and drink. (Eric Risberg / AP)

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Fire burns from an open gas valve near the pool area at the Journey's End mobile home park in Santa Rosa, California. (Ben Margot / AP)

Fire burns from an open gas valve near the pool area at the Journey's End mobile home park in Santa Rosa, California. (Ben Margot / AP)

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Residents of the Coffey Park neighbourhood sift through a relative’s home that was torched in Santa Rosa. Almost all wildfires broke out simultaneously and then exploded overnight, resulting in residents fleeing as embers rained down and flames raged around them. (Kent Porter / AP)

Residents of the Coffey Park neighbourhood sift through a relative’s home that was torched in Santa Rosa. Almost all wildfires broke out simultaneously and then exploded overnight, resulting in residents fleeing as embers rained down and flames raged around them. (Kent Porter / AP)

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People drive by in a a golf cart in front of a fire-ravaged property in Napa, California. Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency in Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties. (Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP)

People drive by in a a golf cart in front of a fire-ravaged property in Napa, California. Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency in Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties. (Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP)

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A helicopter dumps water on a home as firefighters battle a wildfire in Anaheim Hills, California. The fires are already among the ten deadliest in California’s history. (Jeff Gritchen / AP)

A helicopter dumps water on a home as firefighters battle a wildfire in Anaheim Hills, California. The fires are already among the ten deadliest in California’s history. (Jeff Gritchen / AP)

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According to fire officials, it was unusual to have so many fires take off at the same time although October has generally been the most destructive time of year for California wildfires. (Mike Blake / REUTERS)

According to fire officials, it was unusual to have so many fires take off at the same time although October has generally been the most destructive time of year for California wildfires. (Mike Blake / REUTERS)

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Smoke rises as a wildfire burns near Kenzo Estate in Napa. Strong winds have posed a challenge to firefighters in the state this year despite a relatively wet winter that followed years of drought. (Michael Short / AP)

Smoke rises as a wildfire burns near Kenzo Estate in Napa. Strong winds have posed a challenge to firefighters in the state this year despite a relatively wet winter that followed years of drought. (Michael Short / AP)

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A firefighting aircraft drops fire retardant on a wind driven wildfire in Orange, California. ‘The fires that broke out Sunday burned at explosive rates because of 50 mph winds,’ said Ken Pimlott, director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. (Mike Blake / REUTERS)

A firefighting aircraft drops fire retardant on a wind driven wildfire in Orange, California. ‘The fires that broke out Sunday burned at explosive rates because of 50 mph winds,’ said Ken Pimlott, director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. (Mike Blake / REUTERS)

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Residents walk through the fire-damaged Journey's End Mobile Home Park in Santa Rosa. Residents who gathered at emergency shelters and grocery stores said they were shocked by the speed and ferocity of the flames. Along with the damage to the environment, the personal loss has been huge. (Justin Sullivan / AFP)

Residents walk through the fire-damaged Journey's End Mobile Home Park in Santa Rosa. Residents who gathered at emergency shelters and grocery stores said they were shocked by the speed and ferocity of the flames. Along with the damage to the environment, the personal loss has been huge. (Justin Sullivan / AFP)

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