wildfire destroyed business A McDonald's Corp. fast food outlet burned by wildfires stands in Santa Rosa, California, on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017. (Photo: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg)

More than a dozen wildfires have burned through half a million acres of land in California, killing several people and forcing tens of thousands more out of their homes, according to news reports. Two fires, the Carr and Mendocino Complex, now rank among the most destructive blazes in the state's history.

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