California Wildfires Prompt Mass Evacuations In Napa Valley

Aaron Brown
October 10, 2017

Brown issued the declaration on Monday, as multiple fires forced people to evacuate their homes. Cal Fire tweeted that as many as 8,000 homes were threatened in Nevada County, which lies on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada.

"It was an inferno like you've never observed", Sonoma County inhabitant Marian Williams told the Associated Press. One Twitter user reported that her building was evacuated after a resident pulled the fire alarm due to the smell.

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. Evacuations have been ordered along East Road, West Road, Tomki Road to Canyon Road in Willits, Golden Rule subdivision and Reeves Canyon.

Windsor Fire Chief Jack Piccinini said that almost every one of Sonoma County's fire resources is being used, but it is not enough.

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

Meanwhile, in Santa Rosa, evacuations were ordered for residents and businesses in the Skyfarm, Fountaingrove Parkway and Montecito Heights areas, according to the Police Department. The blaze has also crossed the 101 Freeway in Santa Rosa, igniting structures west of the freeway. And that was just the beginning.

The Cal Fire service confirmed the Tubbs fire of Napa Valley has burned 20,000 acres of land in total, while the Nuns fire of Sonoma has destroyed 300 acres.

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"I knew that she was unable to drive right now and she was by herself", explained Larsen. In Calistoga, an evacuation center was opened at the Calistoga Fairgrounds. Shelters have been set up in the affected counties.

"We're focusing on making evacuations and trying to keep people safe".

Forecasters said winds were expected to ease by middday Monday.

Wind has been a major factor in fanning the flames, with gusts of 46-79 miles per hour causing the fires to spread.

Her neighbor later called her and said her house burned down. "And then when they came, they had only a couple of guys", he told the station. The Atlas Peak fire was the largest, quickly growing to more than 200 acres near Napa, and a fire near Calistoga had burned several buildings and prompted mandatory evacuations along several roads.

Flames were also burning near the Domaine Carneros winery.

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