Helpless as fire rages. — Twitter (@CNN)

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA wildfires worsening.

Winds pick back up as sixth deadliest fire in state's history spreads.

> 24 people killed.

> Over 500 missing.

Make no mistake. This is a serious, critical, catastrophic event.

 California fire chief Ken Pimlott

Biggest, most serious event to occur in the state, and it’s not over.

 California governor Jerry Brown

Among deaths: Couple who have been together for almost 90 years.

> Charles, 100, and Sara Rippey, 98.

> Married in 1942, celebrated 75th wedding anniversary with five children in March.

> Died when fire engulfed home.

Only thing worse would have been if one survived without the other.

  Granddaughter Ruby Gibney

Famed Napa, Sonoma wine country remain hardest hit:

> 68,800ha affected.

Eerie, apocalyptic scene below:

Everything is gone. I have nothing to go home to.

 Sonoma resident Maayan Lieberman

We don’t know about our house now. I’ve got no idea. It’s in the middle of two fires.

 Santa Rosa resident Bob Nelson


Efforts to extinguish wildfires include:

> 73 helicopters.

> Nearly 8,000 firemen.

> 30 air tankers.

Residents look at what remains of houses. — AFP
Aerial view of properties destroyed. — Reuters
Firefighters in uphill battle. — Twitter (@business)

If we have to evacuate people, it'd be better to have you out of the area. If you have a place to go, go.

 Sonoma Country sheriff Rob Giordano