Wildfires Rage In California Wine Country, Forcing Evacuations

Wildfires Rage In California Wine Country, Forcing Evacuations

Multiple fires ravaged Napa and Sonoma counties on Monday, forcing widespread evacuations across wine country and burning tens of thousands of acres.

As wind pushes flames through dark neighborhoods, firefighters are battling massive fires across Lake, Sonoma and Napa Counties and elsewhere. At least one person has died and two people suffered serious injuries as a result of one of the blazes that ignited in Mendocino County, according to Cal Fire.

Just as there is a long list of mandatory evacuations in the affected areas, there is also a growing list of wineries, including JCB Collection, DeLoach Vineyards, Raymond Vineyards, St. Francis and Buena Vista Winery that are closed. A faster moving fire in Napa County, the Atlas Fire, grew from 5,000 acres to 25,000 in just the last few hours.

Smoke was thick in San Francisco, 60 miles (96 km) south of the Sonoma County fire.

Pimlott said most of the fires started at about 10 p.m. Sunday and their causes are under investigation.

"A warning was issued today because unsafe fire conditions will exist until Tuesday in several areas of the San Francisco Bay Area, National Weather Service officials said".

The Tubbs Fire, which is burning in Napa County off of Highway 128 and Bennett Lane in Calistoga, has already scorched 35,000 acres, according to officials.

Both Sutter and Kaiser evacuated patients from their Santa Rosa hospitals as the fire approached.

"Flames illuminated hillsides, smoke saturated the air and in places ash rained down as residents up and down the Napa Valley took to their yards and cars to assess their safety". The fires have forced also forced the closure of all public schools in Santa Rosa and Calistoga today.

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She exhorted the troops to continue with the same zeal and sense of pride and honour showing due respect to human rights. Earlier, on Thursday, Air Force Chief BS Dhanoa confirmed the existence of Chinese troops in the region.

"Gusty north to northeasterly winds will continue into early Monday afternoon across north-central California, especially in the mountains and down into the foothills", Root said.

Napa Mayor Jill Techel said authorities had to evacuate Montecito Boulevard and Monte Vista Avenue in the city.

"I don't know", Biermann said.

"We had very strong gusts", Biermann said.

The fires have been burning in northern Sonoma County since early Monday morning. "We are not on scene yet and haven't been able to determine the best evacuation route".

A Hilton Hotel was among the buildings that were left in ruins.

The swath is known as wine country.

Though he was rushing to escape the flames, Larsen also looked out for his neighbor who lived up the street.

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