October 10, 2017 10:50 am
Updated: October 10, 2017 3:45 pm

These photos show the intensity of California wine country inferno

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Sweeping wildfires in northern California’s wine country and surrounding area have killed at least 15 people and destroyed over 1,500 structures, figures authorities say will continue to rise in the coming days.

Some of the largest of the 14 blazes burning over a 320-square kilometre region were in Napa and Sonoma counties, home to dozens of wineries that attract tourists from around the world. The fires sent smoke as far south as San Francisco, about 100 kilometres away.

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Sonoma County said it has received more than 100 missing-person reports as family and friends scramble to locate loved ones.

According to NBC News, more than 20,000 people fled their homes over the weekend as the wildfires burned across eight counties. Cal Fire Deputy Chief Scott McLean told the news outlet that additional resources have been brought into the region to battle the fires.

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“Hopefully we’ll start seeing some turnaround throughout the course of today and into tomorrow,” McLean said.

The U.S. National Weather Service said that with very low humidity and strong, gusty winds the fires will remain a threat throughout Tuesday, with winds weakening late Tuesday into Wednesday, NBC News reported.

Photos show entire neighbourhoods gutted by the fire as smoke chokes the sky over San Francisco. Here’s a look at the intensity of the wine country wildfires.

A view of San Francisco as smoke from wildfires in Santa Rosa and Napa Valley covers the sun on October 10, 2017.

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A resident watches part of his neighbourhood burn in Fountaingrove, California, Monday Oct. 9, 2017.

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Palm trees smolder in Peters Canyon Regional Park after the Canyon Fire 2 burned through on October 9, 2017 in Anaheim Hills, California.

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A firefighter pulls a hose in front of a burning house in the Napa wine region of California on October 9, 2017.

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Mark Williams, right, and friend Norina Wong, look over the destruction in their neighbouhood in Santa Rosa, California on October 9, 2017.

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A homeowner surveys her destroyed house in Santa Rosa, California on October 9, 2017.

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Smoke rises from a neighbourhood that was destroyed by a fast moving wild fire on October 9, 2017 in Santa Rosa, California.

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A view of San Francisco as smoke from wildfires in Santa Rosa and Napa Valley covers the sun on October 10, 2017.

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Burned out cars sit next to a building on fire in Santa Rosa, California on October 9, 2017.

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Smoke continues to rise from Hilton Sonoma Wine Country on October 9, 2017 in Santa Rosa, California.

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A burned home smolders in Glen Ellen, California on October 9, 2017.

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A police car blocks the 241 freeway as smoke from the Canyon 2 Fire covers the road near Orange, California, October 9, 2017.

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A woman evacuates horses as strong Santa Ana winds blow fire and smoke from the Canyon 2 Fire toward them on October 9, 2017 in Orange, California.

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Firefighters assess the scene as a house burns in the Napa wine region of California on October 9, 2017.

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A resident rushes to save his home as a wildfire moves through the area on October 9, 2017 in Glen Ellen, California.

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A firefighters douses flames as a home burns in the Napa wine region of California on October 9, 2017.

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Fire glows on a hillside in Napa, California on October 9, 2017.

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A tent structure built for the 2017 Safeway Open burns on a golf course at the Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, California on October 9, 2017.

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Flames overtake a structure as nearby homes burn in the Napa wine region in California on October 9, 2017.

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A firefighter monitors flames as a house burns in the Napa wine region in California on October 9, 2017.

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A firefighter walks near a pool as a neighbouring home burns in the Napa wine region in California on October 9, 2017.

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The Signorello Estate winery burns in the Napa region in California on October 9, 2017.

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A wildfire moves closer to homes along the 261 freeway in Tustin, California, Monday, Oct. 9, 2017.

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The Historic Round Barn burns on Monday Oct. 9, 2017, in Santa Rosa, California.

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Fire burns from an open gas valve near the pool area at a trailer park on Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, in Santa Rosa, California.

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A helicopter dumps water on a home as firefighters battle a wildfire in Anaheim Hills, California, Monday, Oct. 9, 2017.

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A Napa County firefighter sprays water on a home as he battles flames from a wildfire on Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, in California.

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Flames rise from the remains of a house that burned down in Santa Rosa, California, Monday, Oct. 9, 2017.

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This aerial photo provided by the California Highway Patrol shows some of hundreds of homes destroyed in a wind-driven wildfire that swept through Santa Rosa, Calif., early Monday, Oct. 9, 2017.

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Residents evacuate as flames from a massive wildfire approach their homes Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, in Napa, California.

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