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At least 3,500 homes and businesses have been destroyed by California's still growing wildfires

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Evacuations continue as a string of wildfires burning across Northern California continue to grow.

At least 21 people have been killed by fires.  Close to 200 more have been injured, and more than 100 others are missing.

Officials estimate that more than 3,500 homes and commercial buildings have been destroyed, and more losses are expected.

"Yesterday was an aggressive day for fire behavior," Napa County Fire Chief Barry Biermann said Wednesday morning. "We are expecting some extreme fire behavior and growth of our incidents." 

High winds are expected to return Wednesday evening, making the job harder for crews working to contain the fires.

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The California wildfires that have already killed more than a dozen people continue to burn.

Flames in Napa County spread overnight Tuesday into Wednesday.

At least 17 people are dead in the wake of the fast moving fires. 

More than 1,500 structures have been destroyed and more than 20,000 people have fled their homes.

In all, more than 115,000 acres have burned since the weekend

Fire crews continue to battle at least 17 large fires.

Authorities are hopeful for cooler weather and lighter winds that may help firefighters.  

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