Harrowing images show firefighters struggling with California wildfires

Christina Gregg, AOL.com

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: