Drone video shows the scale of the destruction in Santa Rosa, California where this week's wildfires have razed entire blocks but left homes across the street escaped unscathed. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Aerial footage on Tuesday (October 10) showed the Sonoma County town of Santa Rosa where blocks in some neighborhoods resembled war zones, with little left but charred debris, broken walls, chimneys and the steel frames of burned-out cars. The deadly wildfire, known as Tubbs, has left at least 23 people dead in North California and charred around 170,000 acres (69,000 hectares) of land and destroyed some 3,500 buildings. Tubbs is one of nearly two dozen fires spanning eight counties that, raging largely unchecked since igniting on Sunday (October 8), have left hundreds of residents unaccounted for. New advisory evacuations were also issued in Sonoma County late on Wednesday (October 11) for parts of Santa Rosa, the largest city in the state's world-renowned wine country, and Gesyerville, an unincorporated town of 800 people. More than 285 people were still missing in Sonoma County late on Wednesday night, the sheriff said on Twitter. It was unclear how many might be fire victims rather than evacuees who not checked in with authorities. While their cause has not been conclusively determined, they are thought to have been sparked by power lines toppled by gale force winds, and fanned by hot, dry "Diablo" winds that blew into northern California toward the Pacific.