A Mother Mary statue is seen at Cardinal Newman High School while firefighters (not pictured) work to contain the Tubbs fire which destroyed part of the school in Santa Rosa, Calif., on Monday, Oct. 9, 2017.

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A series of devastating fires in Northern California hit early in the morning on October 9th, 2017. Strong winds started several wildfires including the Tubbs Fire, the Atlas Fire and the Nuns Fire. 

The fires killed 42 people and destroyed over 8900 structures including approximately 5,500 homes. Entire neighborhoods, like Coffey Park were wiped out.

At the fire's peak there were 11,000 firefighters fighting the blazes in Northern California. 

The residents of these fires have been hit with loss, grief, shock, and heartache. They are figuring out how to survive after losing the life they've built. 

















The Tubbs fire tears through the Overlook apartment complex off of Bicentennial Way in Santa Rosa, Calif., on Monday, Oct. 9, 2017.

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(l-r) Evacuee Marisela Mata embraces her daughter Marta Mata, 7, at a makeshift evacuation center after fires tore through Santa Rosa and Napa at the Petaluma Community Center in Petaluma, Calif., on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017.

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Evacuee Martha Lynn rests with her dogs Broonzy (not pictured) and Golly (right) at a Red Cross shelter after evacuating her home following the Tubbs fire in Santa Rosa, Calif., on Monday, Oct. 9, 2017.

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Homes are seen burnt to the groud after the Tubbs fire tore through the Journey's End mobile home park on Mendocino Anvenue in Santa Rosa, Calif., on Monday, Oct. 9, 2017.

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Family members Melody Scott, Jenna Scott, 9, Olivia Scott, 3, Kaylee Scott, 12, and Daniel Scott, 9 stand outside the Doubletree Hotel after attending services with their church the New Hope Baptist Church in RohnertPark, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. The services were being held at the Doubletree because the church was in an evacuation zone due to the fires in the area. Many people were grieving the loss of homes and lives due to the destruction caused by several fires in the area.

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(l-r) Sharon Davis, Celeste Austin, Valerie Borg and Laura Porter embrace after a morning service at the Center for Spiritual Living in Santa Rosa, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. Many people were grieving the loss of homes and lives due to the destruction caused by several fires in the area.

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Brian Kitchen (left) and son Tarreyl Kitchen (right) wash their hands off in a pool after sifting through the remains of their house after it was destroyed in the Tubbs fire in the Coffey Park neighborhood of Santa Rosa, Calif., on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017.

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Sean Freese (right) puts his son Owen Freese's , 6, shoes on while his brother Rory Freese , 3, embraces mom Jennifer Freese (left) at their temporary house in Rohnert Park, Calif., on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017. The Freese family's home was destroyed in the Tubbs fire and they have been living in a house that was lent to them by a friend of their church. Jennifer and her husband Sean also lost their home in Hurricane Katrina when they were living in New Orleans.

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Ruth Martin, 57 sits at the site of her destroyed home in the Coffey Park neighborhood of SantaRosa, Calif., on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017. She lived in her home for 24 years before it was destroyed in the Tubbs fire.

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A car is seen burnt and charred after the Tubbs fire tore through dozens of homes off of Bicentennial Way in Santa Rosa, Calif., on Monday, Oct. 9, 2017.

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Stella Agudelo, 76 holds the wooden cross that she found among rubble of her destroyed home in the Coffey Park neighborhood in Santa Rosa, Calif., on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017. Originally from Colombia, Stella lived in her house for forty years before it burned down in the Tubbs fire.

After digging for her jewelry she and a friend opened one of the last boxes among the ashes. Inside the box was a wooden cross that remained fully intact. Stella said, "The wooden cross was given to us in the church and it's just wood and it survived. It's very special. When you have faith you have to rely on any sign. When I found this Christ it's God telling me, "I am with you". I will save this forever. I came here looking for gold and I found the real gold which was this Christ.
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