Hundreds evacuated as blazes ravage Napa, Sonoma

Jon Howard
October 10, 2017

The National Weather Service reported strong winds in the San Francisco Bay area, giving the inferno more life as it tears through businesses and homes. One fire-related death has been reported in Mendocino County, but the speed of these blazes suggests there are more to come.

In total, SFGate reports there are now 14 fires burning across eight counties in Northern California, including other fires that were sparked in Butte, Yuba, and Nevada counties. Later he said there were likely fatalities. When she couldn't reach 911, she quickly loaded up the vehicle and fled. "Trees were on fire like torches". The fires spread across roads and burned several structures, local officials told CNN.

Santa Rosa, the largest city in the fire area with a population of about 175,000, was hit hard.

Mandatory evacuations were in place for multiple areas in Napa County, where at least two other blazes on top of the Tubbs Fire are burning.

The warning cited dry, "windy locations through the Napa Valley and northern Sonoma County valleys". "Literally it's burning into the city of Santa Rosa. burning box stores", Pimlott said.

Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for Sonoma, Napa and Uva counties on Monday. Biermann said the fires had burned more than 68 sq. miles (176 sq.km) as of the morning.

Residents say the fire jumped USA 101 north of downtown Santa Rosa, burning a mobile home park and a hotel. There were 50-foot flames right behind my house.

"I mean blazing, falling down on fire", he said.

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Williams and a few of her neighbors in the town of Kenwood needed to escape Sunday night as substantial breezes pushed the bursts towards their homes.

An evacuation center is being set up at a downtown community center. At the Safeway, she pointed to her feet, still in slippers.

Alyssa O'Gorman and her family fled their home in the nick of time.

She says the wind gusts were tremendous and made the fire unpredictable.

"There power was out so we had to raise our garage door by hand", she said.

"We were sleeping, but we kept smelling smoke. We are not prepared to start counting", she said shortly after sunrise. The Napa County Sheriff's Office is asking the public to avoid the area.

Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, Santa Rosa: In a statement at 11:30 a.m., the arts center said the main building of the complex had suffered "minimal damage, but that classrooms and the center's east end are destroyed". "I could hear and feel the heat within minutes", Larsen said.

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