Santa Rosa and Napa wildfire destruction from above

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    Deadly wildfires in northern California have destroyed more than 3,500 buildings and forced 25,000 people to leave their homes.

    Firefighters are still battling the fires which have at least 31 dead and left scars across 170,000 acres (265 square miles) of land. Satellite images show the extent of the around the city of Santa Rosa.

    Nasa satellite image showing wildfires in California

    The fires have been fanned by north-easterly winds known as Diablo winds.

    Santa Rosa

    Remains of houses destroyed by fire in Santa RosaImage copyright Getty Images

    The Tubbs fire – between Santa Rosa and Calistoga turned housing estates to rubble and ash in some parts of Santa Rosa.

    A K-mart supermarket was burned out in the Sanata Rose blaze

    Hundreds of people are still missing and thousands of firefighters are working to stop the fires spreading.

    Mobile homes were destroyed at the Journey's End Mobile Home Park on 11 October, 2017Image copyright Getty Images

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    Google satellite image of Coffley Lane area of Santa Rosa after fire

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    Google satellite image of Coffley Lane area of Santa Rosa earlier in 2017

    Napa County

    Wildfires also raged through the hills of the Napa County wine growing regions, burning estates, ranches and farmland.

    Satellite image shows scorched hills in Napa County

    Interactive Slide the button to see how fires have scorched Napa wine country

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    Satellite image shows scorched earth in Napa county after wildfires

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    Google satellite image of Napa wine growing area in United States

    Before now, California’s deadliest fire was in October 1933, when 29 people died in the Griffith Park fire in Los Angeles.

    Among the dead this week are reported to be 100-year-old Charles Rippey and his 98-year-old wife, Sarah, in the Napa area.

    The remains of the Signorello Estate Winery are seen from the air in Napa, CaliforniaImage copyright Getty Images
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