At least 17 people have lost their lives to out of control wild fires in Northern California.

The death toll has almost doubled since yesterday.

According to CNN, around 100 people have been treated for burns and smoke inhalation.


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Up to 20,000 people have evacuated the area, and new evacuations have been called.

Up to 2000 homes and businesses have been destroyed in the blaze.

It has not yet been established what caused the fatal blaze.


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'It is too early to tell whether any of the wildfires were started by humans,' Ken Pimlott, director of Cal Fire, told CNN.

'All these fires are under investigation.'

The fires were spread by strong winds in the area on Monday.

Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties In California are in a state of emergency due to the fires.