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Shocking Images from The Aftermath of California's Wildfires

Hundreds of people are still missing in massive wildfires which have swept through California killing at least 29 people and damaging thousands of homes, businesses and other buildings.

Ash that resembles snow covers streets and houses in Northern California in overhead images that make clear the devastating destruction caused by wildfires that have been ripping through the area since Sunday night - burning through more than 170,000 acres of land.

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Photos taken on Wednesday show the huge plumes of smoke rising from communities ravaged by the fires across California, which have killed 23 people so far in the north and nearly 300 unaccounted for as an additional 20,000 across the state have been told to evacuate their homes.

Firefighters started to contain the blazes earlier in the week before gusts of 20 to 40mph winds and extremely dry conditions joined forces on Wednesday, threatening to spread the flames even further.

Officials say that 22 fires spanning more than 300 square miles an area equivalent to the size of New York City and still raging.