Wildfires Rage In California Wine Country, Forcing Evacuations

Wildfires Rage In California Wine Country, Forcing Evacuations

Wildfires Rage In California Wine Country, Forcing Evacuations

Pimlott says the fires are burning throughout an eight-county swath of Northern California, including Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties. The city lost a Kmart and an unknown number of other businesses and homes as the blaze shut down schools and forced patients at two hospitals to evacuate.

Earlier, California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties because of wildfires that the governor says are threatening thousands of homes.

The fire could also be seen from Highway 29. "If in this area, you need to move out". One of the largest was in the area of Porter Creek Road and Petrified Forest Road near Calistoga where mandatory evacuations were ordered for residents along Porter Creek, Petrified Forest, Franz Valley and Mountain Home Ranch Rd.

One Twitter user reported that her building was evacuated after a resident pulled the fire alarm due to the smell.

Upwards of 300 firefighters are battling blazes in Napa County. "My Dad comes in from outside and he tells me that our neighbor rang our doorbell saying that there's a fire in Kenwood and its moving toward Glen Ellen, coming to Sonoma, and so we woke up and woke up our whole family and started getting things together, and then we moved to downtown Sonoma". Video posted by a local ABC news reporter showed hospital staff wheeling gurneys through thick smoke as a fire raged in the trees behind them.

At 4:30 a.m., Napa County opened a second Napa-area evacuation center, the Napa Valley College gym, after the shelter at CrossWalk Church on First Street filled with evacuees. A call for mutual aid was issued to other Bay Area fire departments.

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"Fire has burned all the way through the Silverado Country Club area", Biermann said in a reference to the Silverado Resort and Spa. She had fled so fast that she hadn't put on her shoes. "It's something that we're having to be very cautious about".

Meanwhile, as she takes refuge with a relative in Santa Rosa, O'Gorman can't stop thinking about about the valuables and keepsakes left behind in her home, which she now believes is gone.

"I knew that she was unable to drive right now and she was by herself", explained Larsen. "Not until I can see my house".

Smoke and fire rise from the Fountaingrove Inn Hotel as it burns in Santa Rosa, Calif., Monday, Oct. 9, 2017. Much of a mobile home park behind the Kaiser facility burned, CNN affiliate KPIX said.

The swath is known as wine country.

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