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The Destruction Left Behind by the California Fires

Over the past week, a series of fires destroyed tens of thousands of acres in and around Sonoma County, burning homes, cars, and wineries in their wake. We sent a photographer to document the aftermath.

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As of Friday night, the Pocket Fire, one of seven major wildfires burning in Northern California, had burned more than 10,000 acres and was 5 percent contained.

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Fire Captain Brian Borba, left, and firefighter Brian Hanson keep an eye on a section of the Pocket Fire near Geyserville, California. 

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Members of the Intermountain Inmate Crew clear brush along a road ahead of the Pocket Fire.

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Firefighters Wes Daniels, left, and Milo Schroder mop up on the Tubbs Fire, which burned near Calistoga, California.

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Search and rescue crews look for bodies in the wreckage of the Journey’s End Mobile Home Park in Santa Rosa, California. As of Friday night, the Tubbs Fire had burned more than 2,000 homes in the area.

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Chris Parker looks for valuables in the remains of his friend’s house in the Coffey Park neighborhood of Santa Rosa, California.

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The handgun remains of retired law enforcement officer Bob Stewart. His house, in the Coffey Park neighborhood, burned down in the Tubbs Fire.

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The remains of the tasting room at the Paradise Ridge Winery in Santa Rosa. 

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Racks of wine barrels in the remains of the Paradise Ridge Winery.

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A bike in the burned-out Coffey Park neighborhood.

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John Sklavos, another friend of Bob Stewart’s, sifts through the charred remains.

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The Tubbs Fire destroyed the Coffey Park neighborhood. 

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The interior of a car melted by the Tubbs Fire in Coffey Park. 

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A mailbox lies in a puddle of melted plastic in Coffey Park. 

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