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Drone footage reveals utter devastation to Santa Rosa neighborhood after fires

• http://www.sfgate.com, By Eric Ting

The footage was shot on October 9, and some of the streets seen in the video are labeled.

Homes destroyed by fire are seen in an aerial view in Santa Rosa, Calif., on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017. Wildfires whipped by powerful winds swept through California wine country sending thousands fleeing.

According to The Chronicle earlier this week, most of Coffey Park has been completely destroyed, and residents returned to what was left of their homes a mere 10 hours after evacuating.

Wayne Sims, owner of one of the homes still standing, ignored evacuation orders to stay and "hose down his home while houses on their side were igniting and exploding."

"I was just drowning this place," Sims told The Chronicle.

Thousands of new evacuations were ordered in Santa Rosa Saturday morning after strong winds blew flames towards neighborhoods that were previously untouched by the fires. An estimated 3,000 people in Santa Rosa and at least 250 people in Sonoma evacuated their homes before dawn.

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