SANTA ROSA, Calif. (KGO) -- Wednesday marks the one-month anniversary of the most destructive firestorm in California history.
Small fires fueled by extreme winds merged into six massive fires, burning more than 200,000 acres, destroying 8,900 structures, and killing 43 people.
The biggest fires were in Sonoma and Napa counties. The official state incident report shows they started within 15 minutes of each other, from 9:45 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 8, 2017.
By midnight, fires were burning in Mendocino and Lake counties, with the Pocket Fire breaking out at 3:30 a.m. The most deadly and destructive of them all, was the Tubbs Fire in Santa Rosa. It took 23 days before the raging wildfires were contained.
ABC7 Morning's Amy Hollyfield and photographer Steve Stifter were among the first TV crews to arrive at the scene of a massive fire where flames jumped Highway 101 near Santa Rosa.
Watch the video player above for a look at how the terrifying scene unfolded over six hours.
BEFORE AND AFTER: North Bay neighborhoods devastated by wildfires
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