Parts of the idyllic suburb of Santa Rosa, California, were engulfed in flames on Monday as wildfires ravaged pieces of Northern California’s wine country.
More than a dozen fires, whipped by powerful winds, blew through Napa and Sonoma valleys, known for their vineyards and wineries. The blaze torched at least 2,000 homes, businesses, and other structures. The situation is being called one of the worst firestorms in state history.
Santa Rosa was among the cities hit the hardest. The neighborhood of Coffey Park – a cluster of single-family homes two miles outside the downtown area – has largely turned to smoke and ash. These before-and-after images show the scale of the devastation.
Here’s what Coffey Park looks like on Google Earth.
- Google Earth
By late Monday, Coffey Park was unrecognizable.
- California Highway Patrol/Golden Gate Division via Reuters
The San Francisco Chronicle reported on Monday that “almost the entire subdivision of single-family homes, built in the 1980s, was gone.” About 8,000 people lived in Coffey Park and a neighboring subdivision.
The extent of the damage in the Greater Santa Rosa area is unknown.
An estimated 20,000 people have evacuated the California counties affected by wildfires, and the more than two dozen emergency shelters in Sonoma County, which includes Santa Rosa, are filling up.