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Hopes and plans destroyed overnight by deadly wildfires

It was just another Sunday night. Sure, the wind was kicking up, but for hundreds of thousands of people in California's wine country, their minds were on the week ahead: school and homework, jobs and email, dinner plans and movie nights.

Overnight, those winds brought flames, devastation and changes to countless lives. Some permanent, others temporary.

So many busy lives have now slipped off track, grossly interrupted by a weeklong complex of historically destructive wildfires that killed dozens of people and destroyed more than 5,000 homes and other structures.

Santa Rosa Junior College student body president Batel Silimon, 19, no longer has homework looming —...