17 dead from California wildfires

A wildfire burns in Napa, California. Photo: Rich Pedroncelli / AP

The California wildfires have so far scorched over 170,000 acres of land and forced evacuations of more than 25,000 as of Tuesday night. A California fire official said 3,500 homes and businesses have been destroyed, the AP reports.

The big picture: This is "one of the worst disasters in California history," as California Highway Patrol Capt. Mike Palacio called it.