California governor declares state of emergency in 3 fire-scarred counties

10 October, 2017, 00:09 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • Napa County fire. Image courtesy of Craig Philpott @CphilpottCraig on Oct. 9 2017

A score of wind-fueled wildfires broke out overnight in California's Sonoma and Napa counties, burning tens of thousands of acres, destroying 1,500 structures and causing residents to flee their homes and businesses.

At least one person is dead and two are seriously injured in wildfires north of San Francisco, The Associated Press reported Monday. Workers quickly moved patients to other nearby hospitals.

A 4,500-acre blaze in Mendocino County triggered the closure of multiple roads along the 101 Freeway. Evacuations have been ordered along East Road, West Road, Tomki Road to Canyon Road in Willits, Golden Rule subdivision and Reeves Canyon.

Pimlott said firefighters are concentrating on saving lives rather than battling the blazes.

Multiple fires burning in densely populated areas at night propelled by winds gusting up to 50 miles per hour severely strained firefighters, McGuire said. The Atlas Peak fire near the city of Napa had burned more than 10,000 acres by 6 am.

Emergency lines were inundated with callers reporting smoke in the area, prompting officials to ask that the public "only use 911 if they see actual unattended flames, or are having another emergency".

Smoke from the fires drifted into San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose.

Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday issued an emergency proclamation for Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties after wildfires damaged infrastructure, threatened homes and spurred evacuations. Community centers, the Sonoma County Fairgrounds and other local centers were opened for evacuees.


One of the biggest problems in Sonoma County is the Tubbs Fire.

Neighboring Marin County said on its official Twitter page that it's been overwhelmed with calls by residents.

Forecasters said winds will remain strong on Monday morning but are expected to ease by midday.

Along with Kaiser Permanente hospital, Sutter Hospital in Santa Rosa was also evacuated.

NBC Bay Area has compiled a running list of evacuation orders and evacuations.

"There power was out so we had to raise our garage door by hand", she said. The warning cited dry, "windy locations through the Napa Valley and northern Sonoma County valleys". "We are not on scene yet and haven't been able to determine the best evacuation route".

"I knew that she was unable to drive right now and she was by herself", explained Larsen.

Flames were also burning near the Domaine Carneros winery.

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