Harrowing images show firefighters struggling with California wildfires

Wildfires in northern California have left at least 29 dead and hundreds missing this week, and on-the-ground responders are still struggling to battle the disastrous conditions which reportedly remain completely uncontained.

"This is a serious, critical, catastrophic event," Cal Fire Chief Ken Pimlott said of the situation.

Pimlott expects the current number of destroyed homes and businesses of 3,500 to significantly rise as fires die down allowing crews to effectively enter the areas.

Ken Pimlott, expects the number of homes and businesses that have been destroyed to rise significantly from 3,500.

As crews in Napa, Sonoma and Santa Rosa attempt to battle the flames, click through to see harrowing images of firefighters as they battle wildfires in California:

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CALISTOGA, CA - OCTOBER 12: CalFire firefighter Brandon Tolp uses a drip torch during a firing operation while battling the Tubbs Fire on October 12, 2017 near Calistoga, California. At least thirty one people have died in wildfires that have burned tens of thousands of acres and destroyed over 3,500 homes and businesses in several Northern California counties. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
CALISTOGA, CA - OCTOBER 12: Firefighters try to extinguish a house fire during the Tubbs Fire on October 12, 2017 near Calistoga, California. At least thirty one people have died in wildfires that have burned tens of thousands of acres and destroyed over 3,500 homes and businesses in several Northern California counties. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
CALISTOGA, CA - OCTOBER 12: CalFire firefighter Trevor Smith uses a hose as he monitors a firing operation while battling the Tubbs Fire on October 12, 2017 near Calistoga, California. At least thirty one people have died in wildfires that have burned tens of thousands of acres and destroyed over 3,500 homes and businesses in several Northern California counties. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
CALISTOGA, CA - OCTOBER 12: CalFire firefighter Trevor Smith monitors a firing operation while battling the Tubbs Fire on October 12, 2017 near Calistoga, California. At least thirty one people have died in wildfires that have burned tens of thousands of acres and destroyed over 3,500 homes and businesses in several Northern California counties. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
CALISTOGA, CA - OCTOBER 12: A CalFire firefighter uses a hand tool as he monitors a firing operation while battling the Tubbs Fire on October 12, 2017 near Calistoga, California. At least thirty one people have died in wildfires that have burned tens of thousands of acres and destroyed over 3,500 homes and businesses in several Northern California counties. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Firefighters work to contain the Tubbs wildfire outside Calistoga, California, U.S. October 12, 2017. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart
CALISTOGA, CA - OCTOBER 12: CalFire firefighters monitor a firing operation as they battle the Tubbs Fire on October 12, 2017 near Calistoga, California. At least thirty one people have died in wildfires that have burned tens of thousands of acres and destroyed over 3,500 homes and businesses in several Northen California counties. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
CALISTOGA, CA - OCTOBER 12: CalFire firefighters monitor a firing operation as they battle the Tubbs Fire on October 12, 2017 near Calistoga, California. At least thirty one people have died in wildfires that have burned tens of thousands of acres and destroyed over 3,500 homes and businesses in several Northen California counties. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Firefighters douse flames as a home burns in the Napa wine region in California on October 9, 2017, as multiple wind-driven fires continue to whip through the region. / AFP PHOTO / JOSH EDELSON (Photo credit should read JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - A firefighter pulls a hose in front of a burning house in the Napa wine region of California on October 9, 2017, as multiple wind-driven fires continue to whip through the region. / AFP PHOTO / JOSH EDELSON (Photo credit should read JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images)
A firefighters douses flames as a home burns in the Napa wine region of California on October 9, 2017, as multiple wind-driven fires continue to whip through the region. / AFP PHOTO / JOSH EDELSON (Photo credit should read JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - An inmate firefighter monitors flames as a house burns in the Napa wine region in California on October 9, 2017, as multiple wind-driven fires continue to whip through the region. / AFP PHOTO / JOSH EDELSON (Photo credit should read JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images)
A firefighter works to put out hot spots on a fast moving wind driven wildfire in Orange, California, U.S., October 9, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A firefighter works to put out hot spots on a fast moving wind driven wildfire in Orange, California, U.S., October 9, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake
A firefighting helicopter flies in to make a water drop on a wind driven wildfire in Orange, California, U.S., October 9, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake
Firefighters work to put out hot spots on a fast moving wind driven wildfire in Orange, California, U.S., October 9, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake
A firefighter battles a fast moving wind driven wildfire in Orange, California, U.S., October 9, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake
Firefighters work to put out hot spots on a fast moving wind driven wildfire in Orange, California, U.S., October 9, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake
ORANGE, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 09: A firefighter looks up at a water dropping helicopter circling the fire at Peters Canyon Regional Park on October 9, 2017 in Orange County, California. (Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
ANAHEIM HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 09: A firefighter douses hotspots at a home destroyed by the Canyon Fire 2 on October 9th, 2017 in Anaheim Hills, California. At least six homes were burning by strong Santa Ana Winds forcing evacuations. The fire was estimated at over 2,00 acres. (Photo by Stuart Palley/ Los Angeles Times via Fetty Images)
YOUNTVILLE, CA - OCTOBER 09: A Los Angeles County firefighter monitors approching flames near a building as an out of control wildfire moves through the area on October 9, 2017 in Yountville, California. Tens of thousands of acres and dozens of homes and businesses have burned in widespread wildfires that are burning in Napa and Sonoma counties. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
YOUNTVILLE, CA - OCTOBER 09: A Los Angeles County firefighter monitors approching flames near a building as an out of control wildfire moves through the area on October 9, 2017 in Yountville, California. Tens of thousands of acres and dozens of homes and businesses have burned in widespread wildfires that are burning in Napa and Sonoma counties. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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