Footage taken from inside a car shows the damage from one of the dozens of wildfires spreading through Northern California’s wine country, Wednesday, August 19.
READ MORE: More than two dozen major fires were scorching California on Thursday and taxing the state’s firefighting capacity, sparked by an unprecedented lightning siege that dropped nearly 11,000 strikes over several days.
The fires have destroyed 175 structures, including homes, and are threatening 50,000 more, said Daniel Berlant, an assistant deputy director with the state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. In all, 33 civilians and firefighters have been injured.
Most of the activity is in Northern California, where fires have chewed through nearly 500 square miles (1,250 square kilometers) of brush land, rural areas, canyon country and dense forest surrounding San Francisco.