At least 40 people have died due to aggressive wildfires in Northern California's Napa, Sonoma, Yuba and Mendocino counties. The fires have destroyed at least 5,700 homes and businesses as hundreds of firefighters attempt to stem the blazes which have burned more than 150 square miles. Fire officials say that it has been the deadliest week of wildfires in the state's history.
An estimated 100,000 people have been chased from their homes and the Sonoma Sheriff's Department said they have received more than 1,000 missing-person reports. Officials have been able to track down more than half of those people. The search for survivers continues.
The Napa Valley fires spread quickly due to strong north to northeast winds from Winter Storm Aiden. Winds continue to increase destroying neighborhoods and complete areas.
The fires have burned businesses, including a hotel, wineries, a historic barn, a K-mart and homes at the Journey's End Mobile Home Park in Santa Rosa.