10 Devastating California Wildifire Photos That Show the Destructive Impact of the 2019 Blazes

Fires in Northern and Southern California spread rapidly on Thursday, causing devastation across miles of land in both regions of the state.

California Wildifire Photos That Show The Destructive Impact of 2019 Fires
Embers fly off a tree as a building burns in the Kincade Fire near Geyserville, California, on October 24. The blaze has spread across 16,000 acres in Sonoma County. JOSH EDELSON/AFP via Getty Images)

Along with the flames, plumes of smoke from the fires stretched across miles of sky, prompting people to share photos and videos of the destruction. Others shared horrifying images of homes burned to the ground.

One house completely burned down by #KincadeFire, gas tanks humming @sfchronicle pic.twitter.com/B4lJVCw3n3

— Matthias Gafni (@mgafni) October 24, 2019

In Northern California's wine country, the Kincade Fire expanded from a 10,000-acre blaze to one covering 16,000 acres in Sonoma County by Friday morning, according to California's Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire). The fire, tracking some 25 square miles, led officials to mandate evacuations for about 2,000 residents living in the nearby town of Geyserville.

Despite hundreds of firefighters being positioned in the area, they managed to contain only 5 percent—an estimated 800 acres—by Friday.

"It's outpacing us," Amy Head, Cal Fire battalion chief, told San Francisco Chronicle. "We're just trying to keep up with it and bump ahead of it. It's growing very rapidly in a short amount of time."

A fast-moving wildfire is roaring through California's wine country, prompting evacuations and destroying buildingshttps://t.co/fy0il2PbhE

📸 Josh Edelson pic.twitter.com/z72RBy9KWR

— AFP News Agency (@AFP) October 25, 2019

While there were no reports of injuries or fatalities, the fire damaged or destroyed 49 structures and homes by Friday. As for the vineyards, two buildings at deLorimier Winery's Crazy Creek Vineyard in the Alexander Valley were damaged by the flames on Thursday. The Sonoma County Vintners organization told Newsweek it was monitoring further damage to wineries.

"Sonoma County Vintners is in contact with Cal Fire, county officials and our wine community. We are monitoring the status and impact of the Kincade Fire in the northeast area of Sonoma County," said Michael Haney, executive director of the organization. "At this time, we have no confirmation of significant winery damage in the affected area."

California is still burning... 😭#CaliforniaWildfire #California pic.twitter.com/uykdyXhdfM

— Afonso Salcedo (@fonziewonzie) October 24, 2019

Meanwhile, in Southern California two fires erupted, resulting in 40,000 people having to leave their homes in Santa Clarita, in the foothills north of Los Angeles County. The Tick Fire, which has blackened 3,950 acres of land since it started on Thursday, was only 5 percent contained by Friday morning.

The Tick Fire, initiated by brush catching fire, is responsible for the destruction of six homes so far, but there is concern that number may soon rise as the fire rages on while wind speeds remain high.

When the Tick Fire first started, wind speeds across Los Angeles reached 20 miles per hour, with wind gusts tracked at 40 miles per hour. The National Weather Service reported that wind gusts, caused by the Santa Ana winds, had increased overnight.

"Strongest #SantaAnaWinds will continue to be focused across LA/Ventura counties this morning with gusts 40-65 mph, strongest in the mountains. Very rapid fire spread and extreme fire behavior possible with new ignitions. #TickFire #LAweather #CAwx," the department wrote on Twitter on Friday.

Lots of spot fires in #Geyserville vineyards from #KincadeFire, walked up to this blaze of wooden equipment pic.twitter.com/lIbdhqwIlv

— Matthias Gafni (@mgafni) October 24, 2019

In Southern California, more than 50,000 people have been ordered to evacuate from their homes in a wildfire that erupted in Santa Clarita amid high winds and hot conditions. https://t.co/mix4ixt8IZ pic.twitter.com/ompqg4kIUL

— NBC Bay Area (@nbcbayarea) October 25, 2019

We have confirmed at least a half dozen homes burned near Geysers Rd & Red Winery Rd. Firefighters are doing their best to save structures. Winds have calmed slightly. We are hoping for an update from CalFire any minute now on the size & containment on the #KincadeFire @KPIXtv pic.twitter.com/I2IeLe6AiQ

— Katie Nielsen (@KatieKPIX) October 24, 2019

ACFD firefighters on Cal OES Engines 8233 and 8235 which are part of strike team XAL2870C have been hard at work at the #KincadeFire. The fire has grown to 16,000 acres and is only 5 percent contained as of Thursday night. #alcofire pic.twitter.com/NDiBetMhys

— Alameda County Fire (@AlamedaCoFire) October 25, 2019

#TickFire LA County Firefighters will be operating throughout the night taking advantage of favorable evening weather conditions. Incident Commanders will conduct a press briefing at 9:30am at Central Park command post. 27150 Bouquet Cyn. Rd., Santa Clarita CA 91350 pic.twitter.com/BXp4jhqviC

— L.A. County Fire Department (@LACoFDPIO) October 25, 2019

NOW: #TickFire continues to rage. This is as seen from the 14-South at Soledad @FOXLA pic.twitter.com/Sx9CvLQBx7

— Gigi Graciette (@GigiGraciette) October 25, 2019

BREAKING: #TickFire just jumped the 14 freeway. Portions of both the north and southbound are being shut down now. @FOXLA pic.twitter.com/ompFZTkUcw

— Gigi Graciette (@GigiGraciette) October 25, 2019