Wind-Whipped Wildfires Forcing Evacuations in Napa and Sonoma Counties

A thick cloud of black smoke rises from a burning junkyard in American Canyon on Sunday

Fourteen wildfires in eight northern California counties had burned more than 57,000 acres in the last 12 hours, said California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire) spokesman Daniel Berlant.

There are no reports of injuries or deaths, so far.

"Trees were on fire like torches", she said.

Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties as the blazes engulfed the region in thick, billowing smoke that drifted into San Francisco and Oakland.

"The gusts are very, very - they're tremendous and it's what makes this fire unpredictable".

"Don't try to stay and sit it out, it's important to try to help each other and evacuate", Bertelli said.

Marin County fire officials said they have sent 22 fire engines and five ambulances to assist with the blazes in Napa and Sonoma County.

Wildfires have spread across Wine Country Sunday night burning buildings, and forcing hundreds of evacuations including two hospitals and injuring several people.

"Chateau Diana Winery will not be opening today due to the fire warnings and evacuations in the area", the winery said on its Facebook page Monday.

The area of Fountaingrove was particularly hard-hit, with photos showing numerous homes on fire.

"Literally it's burning into the city of Santa Rosa. burning box stores".

"We gathered up a few of our things and our pets and headed out to our auto", he said.

The fire has crossed Highway 101 in Santa Rosa and ignited structures west of the freeway in the area of Kohl's Department Store on Hopper Avenue. The boss said firefighters are now concentrating their endeavors on sparing lives as opposed to attempting to stop the bursts.

CAL FIRE says the Lobo Fire is threatening between 7,000 and 8,000 homes.

The fires were first reported Sunday and Gov.

The Point Fire burning in Calaveras County 20 miles east of Jackson has also prompted evacuations. The Petaluma Community Center at Lucchesi Park was also opened as an evacuation center.

In neighboring Napa County, firefighters were battling the Tubbs Fire, which has burned 20,000 acres. and the Atlas Fire, which had burned 5,000 acres.

San Francisco Chronicle reporter Kurtis Alexander shared footage on Twitter on Monday of both a Hilton hotel and a Kmart on fire in Santa Rosa. People across the Bay Area are advised to limit their outdoor activities and close their windows.

He was asked multiple times if it was suspicious that three fires began around the same time, and he reiterated that the causes of all three fires are unknown.



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