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Flames from a wildfire consume a a three car garage at a home Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, east of Napa, Calif. Wildfires whipped by powerful winds swept through Northern California early Monday. Flames from a wildfire consume a a three car garage at a home Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, east of Napa, Calif. Wildfires whipped by powerful winds swept through Northern California early Monday.

The Colorado Springs-based Global Supertanker is responding to several fires burning in California, which have destroyed more than 1500 structures as of Monday afternoon.

California's fire chief said numerous people have been injured and a number of residents are also missing as 14 large fires burn. There is no estimate on the number of people injured or missing.
  
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Director Ken Pimlott say an estimated 20,000 people have been evacuated.
  
He called the estimates of destroyed structures very conservative. Pimlott says the fires are burning throughout an eight-county swath of Northern California, including Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties.
  
Pimlott said most of the fires started at about 10 p.m. Sunday and their causes are under investigation. He said firefighters are concentrating on saving lives rather than battling the blazes.

Gov. Brown said the fires are threatening thousands of homes. Some had to flee their homes in the middle of the night Sunday into Monday.

Terri Ruttledge, who lives on Adobe Canyon in Kenwood, just made it out before the fire burned her house.
  
Ruttledge says she looked out her window and saw the mountain across the road on fire. When she couldn't reach 911, she quickly loaded up the car and fled.

The air tanker has several firefighting capabilities including, the ability to deliver up to 20,000 gallons of water or retardant on a fire, qualified to fly on state and federal lands and can fly at 600 mph and make eight drops at a time.

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