A neighborhood off Fountaingrove Parkway, northeast of Santa Rosa, California. (Overview News // DigitalGlobe 2017)

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By Thursday evening, Northern California’s wildfires had become the deadliest and most destructive in the state’s history. Taken all together, the fires raging from Napa to Mendocino to Nevada counties had killed 31 people, burned down 3,500 structures, and engulfed 170,000 acres in flames.

Firefighters have made progress toward containing some fires in the rural counties east of Sacramento, but multiple fires in the North Bay have been fueled by heavy winds this week and firefighters have barely begun to contain them. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Satellite imagery from Colorado mapping company Digital Globe reveals the extent of the damage in several Santa Rosa neighborhoods.

Drag the white slider in the middle of each image from left to right to see a before-and-after comparison. These images show neighborhoods northeast of Santa Rosa, with “before” images captured during the summer and “after” images taken on Wednesday October 11, 2017.

The main street on the left in this first image is Fountaingrove Parkway:

The wiggly street on the right of this image is Crown Hill Drive:

This image shows Coffey Park, in the middle:

The upper main road in this image is Hopper Avenue; the neighborhood is directly west of Coffey Park:

This final image shows the golf course of Fountaingrove Golf and Athletic Club in a swath of green on the left:

Images by Overview News//DigitalGlobe 2017. Sliders by Teodros Hailye and Lindsey Hoshaw/KQED

Before and After: Satellite Photos Show California Fire Damage 13 October,2017Lindsey Hoshaw


Lindsey Hoshaw

Lindsey Hoshaw is an interactive producer for KQED Science. Before joining KQED, Lindsey was a science correspondent for The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Forbes and Scientific American. On Twitter @lindseyhoshaw