Deadly wildfires ravage Northern California, threaten wine country

Thousands more Californians evacuated their homes on Saturday as fierce wildfires spread due to constantly shifting winds, and officials expected the official death toll of 35 to rise with hundreds of people still missing.

Sixteen major wildfires, some encompassing several smaller merged blazes, in areas north of San Francisco consumed nearly 214,000 acres (86,000 hectares) over seven days, or roughly 334 square miles, an area larger than New York City.

The 35 confirmed fatalities, including 19 in Sonoma County, make it the deadliest fire event in California history. Some 100,000 people have been forced from their homes, including 3,000 evacuated on Saturday from the city of Santa Rosa, about 50 miles (80 km) north of San Francisco, and another 250 from nearby Sonoma city. The fires have reduced many homes and businesses to piles of ash. (Reuters)

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Deadly wildfires ravage Northern California, threaten wine country

A firefighter looks for flammable items in an evacuated residential area as wildfires continue to burn Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, in Santa Rosa, Calif. (Photo: Jae C. Hong/AP)

Deadly wildfires ravage Northern California, threaten wine country

Search and Rescue personnel look for human remains in the Journey’s End Mobile Home park following the damage caused by the Tubbs Fire on Oct.13, 2017 in Santa Rosa, Calif. (Photo: Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images)

Deadly wildfires ravage Northern California, threaten wine country

Fire trucks monitor a fire that threatens the Oakmont community along Highway 12 in Santa Rosa on Oct. 13, 2017. The retirement community had been evacuated on the second day of the Santa Rosa fire. (Photo : Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Deadly wildfires ravage Northern California, threaten wine country

Pamela Garibaldi looks over burned remains of her parents home destroyed by wildfire in Napa, Calif., Oct. 13, 2017. (Photo: Jim Urquhart/Reuters)

Deadly wildfires ravage Northern California, threaten wine country

CalFire firefighter Trevor Smith uses a hose as he monitors a firing operation while battling the Tubbs Fire on Oct. 12, 2017 near Calistoga, Calif. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Deadly wildfires ravage Northern California, threaten wine country

A burned lawn with a flamingo ornament are seen in front of a destroyed home in Santa Rosa, Calif., Oct. 10, 2017. (Photo: John G. Mabanglo/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

Deadly wildfires ravage Northern California, threaten wine country

A sign thanking firefighters is posted on Highway 12 on Oct. 12, 2017 in Sonoma, Calif. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Deadly wildfires ravage Northern California, threaten wine country

Firefighters work to contain the Tubbs wildfire outside Calistoga, Calif., Oct. 12, 2017. (Photo: Jim Urquhart/Reuters)

Deadly wildfires ravage Northern California, threaten wine country

A car burns on Wednesday in Kenwood, Calif, on Oct. 11, 2017. (Photo: Paul Kuroda via ZUMA Wire)

Deadly wildfires ravage Northern California, threaten wine country

Chris Shiery pets his dog, Ruby, while waiting to evacuate the town of Sonoma, Calif., on Oct. 11, 2017. For many residents in the path of one of California’s deadliest blazes, talk is of wind direction, evacuations and goodbyes. (Photo: Rich Pedroncelli/AP)

Deadly wildfires ravage Northern California, threaten wine country

A firefighter surveys a building destroyed by a wildfire Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, near Calistoga, Calif. (Photo: Jae C. Hong/AP)

Deadly wildfires ravage Northern California, threaten wine country

Mason Heyman, 18, and his family defied a mandatory evacuation order issued on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 in Calistoga, Calif. The nearby Tubbs Fire has destroyed hundreds of homes. (Photo: Paul Kitagaki Jr/Sacramento Bee via ZUMA Wire)

Deadly wildfires ravage Northern California, threaten wine country

Harper Bishop (L) points to a section of his home as wife Cristy surveys their home destroyed by the Tubbs Fire in Santa Rosa, Calif., Oct. 10, 2017. (Photo: Stephen Lam/Reuters)

Deadly wildfires ravage Northern California, threaten wine country

A firefighter looks at a hillside ablaze after lighting a backfire, saving a home in Kenwood on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017. (Photo: Paul Kuroda via ZUMA Wire)

Deadly wildfires ravage Northern California, threaten wine country

Water hoses are seen on a post box at a neighborhood destroyed by the Tubbs Fire in Santa Rosa, Calif., Oct. 10, 2017. (Photo: Stephen Lam/Reuters)

Deadly wildfires ravage Northern California, threaten wine country

Todd Caughey, foreground, hugs his daughter Ella as they visit the site of their home destroyed by fires in Kenwood, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017. (Photo: Jeff Chiu/AP)

Deadly wildfires ravage Northern California, threaten wine country

The Santa Rosa Hilton Hotel is left to burn to the ground on Oct. 10, 2017 in Santa Rosa, Calif. (Photo: Paul Kuroda via ZUMA Wire)

Deadly wildfires ravage Northern California, threaten wine country

A car sits in the middle of property destroyed from fires at Journey’s End mobile home park in Santa Rosa, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017. (Photo: Jeff Chiu/AP)

Deadly wildfires ravage Northern California, threaten wine country

Jim Hanks uses a wheelbarrow to remove a fawn he found in the backyard pond of his Fountaingrove home, one of the only homes on the block that survived the Monday morning inferno on Oct. 10, 2017 in Santa Rosa, Calif. (Photo: Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Deadly wildfires ravage Northern California, threaten wine country

Smoke and flames rise as a wildfire from the Santa Rosa and Napa Valley moves through the area in Calif., on Oct. 10, 2017. (Photo: Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Deadly wildfires ravage Northern California, threaten wine country

A pair of Napa County firemen walk through the remains of the Signorello Estate winery Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017, in Napa, Calif. (Photo: Eric Risberg/AP)

Deadly wildfires ravage Northern California, threaten wine country

The remains of burned bottles of wine are seen at the Signorello Estate winery Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017, in Napa, Calif. (Photo: Eric Risberg/AP)

Deadly wildfires ravage Northern California, threaten wine country

Fires broke out quickly this past weekend in northern California. NASA’s Aqua satellite collected this natural-color image with the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, MODIS, instrument on Oct. 9, 2017. Actively burning areas (hot spots), detected by MODIS’s thermal bands, are outlined in red. Each hot spot is an area where the thermal detectors on the MODIS instrument recognized temperatures higher than background. When accompanied by plumes of smoke, as in this image, such hot spots are diagnostic for fire. (Photo: NASA/Jeff Schmaltz LANCE/EOSDIS MODIS Rapid Response Team, GSFC)

Deadly wildfires ravage Northern California, threaten wine country

A helicopter drops water on a wind driven wildfire in Orange, Calif., Oct. 9, 2017. (Photo: Mike Blake/Reuters)

Deadly wildfires ravage Northern California, threaten wine country

Power poles and lines block a street at Brookdale and Aaron Dr. in Hidden Valley where most of the homes were destroyed by fire on Oct. 9, 2017 in Santa Rosa, Calif. (Photo: Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Deadly wildfires ravage Northern California, threaten wine country

Jim Stites watches part of his neighborhood burn in Fountaingrove, Calif., Monday Oct. 9, 2017. More than a dozen wildfires whipped by powerful winds been burning though California wine country. The flames have destroyed at least 2,000 homes and businesses and sent thousands of people fleeing. (Photo: Kent Porter/The Press Democrat via AP)

Deadly wildfires ravage Northern California, threaten wine country

Smoke from wildfires are seen over Sonoma Valley, Calif., Oct. 10, 2017 in this picture obtained from social media. (Photo: Greg Espiritu via Reuters)

Deadly wildfires ravage Northern California, threaten wine country

Fire burns from an open gas valve near the pool area at the Journey’s End trailer park on Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, in Santa Rosa, Calif., after a wildfire destroyed nearly all of the roughly 160 units in the park for residents over age 55. The homes next to U.S. Highway 101 at the northern end of this city of 175,000 were among those that were consumed by flames as more than a dozen fires burned statewide. (Photo: Ben Margot/AP)

Deadly wildfires ravage Northern California, threaten wine country

A helicopter dumps water on a home as firefighters battle a wildfire in Anaheim Hills in Anaheim, Calif., Monday, Oct. 9, 2017. Wildfires whipped by powerful winds swept through Northern California sending residents on a headlong flight to safety through smoke and flames as homes burned. (Photo: Jeff Gritchen/The Orange County Register via AP)

Deadly wildfires ravage Northern California, threaten wine country

Residents walk through the fire damaged Journey’s End Mobile Home Park on Oct. 9, 2017 in Santa Rosa, Calif. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Deadly wildfires ravage Northern California, threaten wine country

A wildfire moves closer to North Tustin homes along the 261 freeway in Tustin, Calif., Monday, Oct. 9, 2017. (Photo: Cindy Yamanaka/The Orange County Register via AP)

Deadly wildfires ravage Northern California, threaten wine country

A resident rushes to save his home as an out of control wildfire moves through the area on Oct. 9, 2017 in Glen Ellen, Calif. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Deadly wildfires ravage Northern California, threaten wine country

Burned out cars sit next to a building on fire in a fire ravaged neighborhood on Oct. 9, 2017 in Santa Rosa, Calif. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Deadly wildfires ravage Northern California, threaten wine country

Napa County firefighter Jason Sheumann sprays water on a home as he battles flames from a wildfire Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, in Napa, Calif. (Photo: Rich Pedroncelli/AP)

Deadly wildfires ravage Northern California, threaten wine country

GLBurned cars sit idle after an out of control wildfire moved through the area on October 9, 2017 in Glen Ellen, Calif. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Deadly wildfires ravage Northern California, threaten wine country

A DC-10 aircraft drops fire retardant on a wind driven wildfire in Orange, Calif., Oct. 9, 2017. (Photo: Mike Blake/Reuters)

Deadly wildfires ravage Northern California, threaten wine country

A firefighter walks near a pool as a neighboring home burns in the Napa wine region in Calif. on Oct. 9, 2017, as multiple wind-driven fires continue to whip through the region. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)

Deadly wildfires ravage Northern California, threaten wine country

Smoke continues to rise from the Hilton Sonoma Wine Country on Oct. 9, 2017 in Santa Rosa, Calif. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Deadly wildfires ravage Northern California, threaten wine country

A woman evacuates horses as strong Santa Ana winds blow fire and smoke from the Canyon 2 Fire toward them on Oct. 9, 2017 in Orange, Calif. (Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

Deadly wildfires ravage Northern California, threaten wine country

Flames burn on a hillside near Napa Road during the Nuns Fire in Sonoma, Calif., Oct. 9, 2017. (Photo: Stephen Lam/Reuters)

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