Paradise Ridge Winery, situated on a hill overlooking Santa Rosa, is one of the many hits by fires that broke out Sunday, with its barrels charred and its wine flowing like a river under smoldered debris.
Fires across California have killed 21 people so far in the north and forced 20,000 people across the state to evacuate their homes.
Nearly 150 people are unaccounted for and some 2,000 buildings have been devoured by the flames.
A boiling river of wine flows underneath smoldering debris at the Paradise Ridge Winery in Santa Rosa, California on Tuesday
Burned wine barrels are seen at a destroyed Paradise Ridge Winery in Santa Rosa, California, on Tuesday. Firefighters battled wildfires in California’s wine region on Tuesday as the death toll rose to 21 and thousands were left homeless in neighborhoods reduced to ashes
Damaged wine making vats and tanks due to a wildfire stand in ashes and debris at the production house of Paradise Ridge Winery on Tuesday in Santa Rosa, California
Some of the largest of more than a dozen blazes burning over a 200-mile region were in Napa and Sonoma counties, home to dozens of wineries that attract tourists from around the world. Pictured above, winemaking vats at Paradise Ridge Winery in Santa Rosa
A rack of burned bottles of wine are seen at the Signorello Estate winery in Napa, California after wildfires hit the region this week
Worried California vintners surveyed the damage to their vineyards and wineries Tuesday after wildfires swept through several counties whose famous names have become synonymous with fine food and drink. Pictured above, the remains of a burned bottle of wine are seen at the Signorello Estate Winery
The main building at Paras Vineyards burns in the Mount Veeder area of Napa in California on Tuesday as firefighters fight blazes across the country
A pile of furniture burns during the Nuns Fire in Kenwood, California, in Sanoma County, on Tuesday, as ravaged the region
Fires continue to burn in and around Napa, California, and smoke from the blazes can be seen as far south as San Francisco, about 60 miles away
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Among the dead are a married couple, aged 100 and 99, who were unable to evacuate in time. A deaf-blind woman is also believed to be among the dead.
Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for Napa, Sonoma, Yuba, Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Nevada and Orange counties and requested a presidential major disaster declaration to help battle at least 18 blazes burning throughout the state.
A series of fires that flared up north of San Francisco on Sunday night are among the deadliest in the state’s history.
In Southern California, most evacuation orders have been lifted as firefighters successfully battle a wildfire that destroyed 14 buildings, most of the homes.
Thousands of people in Tustin, Orange and Anaheim were allowed to begin returning home Tuesday evening, a day after the blaze erupted in northern Orange County.
Some of the largest of more than a dozen blazes burning over a 200-mile region were in Napa and Sonoma counties, home to dozens of wineries that attract tourists from around the world. They sent smoke as far south as San Francisco, about 60 miles away.
This aerial image shows a neighborhood that was destroyed by a wildfire in Santa Rosa, California, on Tuesday. Newly homeless residents of California wine country took stock of their shattered lives Tuesday, a day after deadly wildfires destroyed homes and businesses
A destroyed Journeys End Mobile Home Park is seen in Santa Rosa, California. Firefighters encouraged by weakening winds were battling
April Lee views a burned home in Santa Rosa, California, on Tuesday after firefighters battled huge blazes in the state’s wine region
Gina Baier looks for family heirloom china that may have survived in the remains of her home in the Coffey Park area of Santa Rosa, California
Residents embrace after viewing their destroyed home in Santa Rosa, California, on Tuesday after wildfires destroyed properties in the region
A neighborhood is destroyed by fire in the area of Foxtail Court in Santa Rosa, California. More than a dozen wildfires continue to spread in eight Northern California counties
Firefighters gather for meeting in the Fountain Grove area after a wildfire in Sonoma County on Tuesday as blazes hit Santa Rosa, California
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Sonoma County said it has received more than 100 missing-person reports as family and friends scramble to locate loved ones.
‘It looks like a bombing run here,’ said winemaker Joe Nielsen of Santa Rosa’s Donelan Family Wines, speaking to the San Francisco Chronicle. ‘Just chimneys and burnt-out cars and cooked trees.’
The nightmare continued Tuesday evening for the residents and workers of the postcard-pretty Santa Rosa wine country, which is hugely popular with tourists, as the fires burned on and on.
Meanwhile, in southern California, a monster Canyon 2 blaze cast an orange glow over the Disneyland theme park late last night, although Police and Fire Department spokesman Sgt Daron Wyatt was keen to reassure tourists that they are in no danger and that the resort is safe.
Photos, obtained exclusively by DailyMail.com, taken in Anaheim – a city of 350,000 people south of Los Angeles, show destroyed homes, cars caved in and children’s toys reduced to melted blobs of plastic.
Approximately 7,500 acres have been consumed by the conflagration since early Monday morning, forcing the evacuation of 5,000 homes and putting another 35,000 at risk.
Sgt Wyatt, 50, told DailyMail.com that the fire has destroyed 14 homes so far and damaged another 22 – among them six properties on Canyon Heights Drive where these photos were taken.
The Williamson family surveys damage to their home after it was destroyed by the Canyon Fire 2 in Anaheim Hills, California
Jordan Williamson (right) and his sons survey damage to their home after it was destroyed by the Canyon Fire 2 in Anaheim Hills
Structures were destroyed and 7,500 acres burned in a fire that is now 25 percent contained. In northern California, at least 15 people have died and over 75,000 acres have been scored by more than a dozen fires and California Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency in several northern California counties
Most of the fire damage is located in the Anaheim Hills, close to the Limestone Canyon Regional Park, where residents said their homes were engulfed within an hour of the first police warning at approximately 10 am on Monday.
‘About 10 am in the morning, I came outside and smelled it and saw the smoke and the flames were coming straight this way at us,’ said Cory Murdock, 45, a financial planner who lives with his wife Alison, 40, and their five-year-old twins William and Madison.
‘We knew it was coming straight towards us. We tried to warn some of the neighbors and grabbed our stuff pretty quick because we knew what was coming.
‘Around five to 10 minutes later, the police came round, telling everybody – you do need to go now. We were just helping everybody, trying to grab as much stuff as we could and got out of here.’
Others told of their terror as they battled to escape through clouds of choking black smoke and showers of burning ash particles.
Aimee Piazza, 44, a mother-of-two, was at home when the blaze began and said the 40 minutes it took her to escape were some of the most frightening of her life.
She told DailyMail.com: ‘It really was sheer terror. I’ve been up here through fires before, I’ve lived up here all my life, and I’ve never been through such fires before.
‘The smoke and how crazy it was and the panic of everybody trying to get out. I didn’t even know if everyone did get out – I didn’t even know if my neighbors were OK until now.’
Murdock added: ‘There was so much ash and there was the smoke – it was just really thick but we couldn’t feel the heat from the fire when we left.
‘We could see to the end of the street when we left but during the middle of it… I’ve got ash burned into my backyard, we’ve lost trees… Everything. So it was just flying everywhere. But we were lucky.’
Among those to lose everything was Michelle Homen, 58, whose property sits close to Piazza’s own home.
Others to lose their residences included parents-of-three Janet and Kevin Shaevitz, 42 and 53 respectively, and Sylvester McBride, 54, and his wife Ann, 51.
Neighbors described Homen as ‘devastated’, adding: ‘She’s totally devastated but she says she’s going to rebuild.
‘They’re just looking for a place to stay right now.’
Police and the American Red Cross have set up evacuation centers across Anaheim, including downtown and at a police substation in the eastern part of the city.
Residents living in the evacuation zones have been told not to return to their homes until Wednesday afternoon at the earliest, although some have been allowed to collect essential medication accompanied by a police escort.
One who did was Kumari Bharil, 53, who allowed DailyMail.com to accompany her as she returned to her property.
The house, which sits on a quiet street overlooking a charred stretch of hillside, stank of smoke but Bharil said she was pleased by the lack of damage, telling DailyMail.com: ‘I’m happy with this but I’m hoping to come back home soon.’
She added: ‘They said I could in here and get my medication. This is such a beautiful area and I really like it.
‘I am so amazed at the firefighters and the job they do – I am so grateful for that. I really appreciate everything everybody is doing to protect the property and everything like that.’
The mother-of-two, who is staying with her parents nearby, said of the evacuation: ‘It happened yesterday morning around 10.30.
‘I was at the gym and I couldn’t get back into the house. I didn’t have anything because I just had my gym clothes and my purse. It was scary, it was very scary. All that smoke and fire.’
Like Bharil, many of those evacuated are staying with relations or friends, while others have checked into local hotels.
Joshua Williamson walks in front of his home destroyed by the Canyon Fire 2 in Anaheim Hills, California, on Tuesday, after a blaze hit the area
Among them is Rachel Suon, 22, who fled with her mother and her dogs Winnie and Rocky early yesterday morning.
‘My dad booked us a hotel in Anaheim close to Disneyland – we stayed there last night,’ she told DailyMail.com.
‘We left a lot behind. I left some clothes, all the pictures we have, furniture – everything. The fire was very close.
‘I actually live on East Manor Ridge Drive and the fire was right down the street in the cul-de-sac area. It was very scary.’
Medic Marie Pham, 40, said she had left her ID and credit cards at her home in one of the evacuation zones and is currently unable to work because of their loss.
She also told DailyMail.com that she was terrified that her home, which she shares with husband Hien and their children Katelyn, nine, and Christopher, seven, will burn down.
Pham said: ‘I grabbed everything I could but I’d come from the gym, so I left my ID [at home] and my credit cards in the house.
‘I didn’t grab my husband’s meds, so now he’s trying to go back there to get them. It was very frightening because it got very close.
‘The next two blocks up, the houses burned down, their cars melted. We were really close by the same spot.
She added: ‘I’m kind of nervous – I hope it stops before it gets to our house.’
The Anaheim Police Department has now lifted some of the evacuation orders in place, although much of the eastern part of the city remains shut down.
According to Sgt. Wyatt, resources are currently being focused on the eastern side of the fire with helicopters dropping water and planes pouring retardant in a bid to contain the blaze.
He added: ‘Several thousand residents have been displaced and we understand their frustration and we want to get them back into their homes as soon as possible.
‘But our focus is the preservation of life and making sure it’s safe to do so. Until then, our advice is always that we’ve made an evacuation order for a reason. Our advice is always to leave.’