California Wildfires Burn Napa Valley Wine Country and Force Evacuations

Firefighters battle raging fires in Napa, Calistoga

Wind-Whipped Wildfires Forcing Evacuations in Napa and Sonoma Counties

October 9-Several out-of-control wildfires were burning in Napa and Sonoma counties early Monday morning, prompting mass evacuations of many neighborhoods and at least one Wine Country resort as firefighters sought to halt the advance of the flames amid high winds.

In Santa Rosa, patients at Kaiser Permanente hospital were safely moved to other facilities, according to the hospital's Twitter account.

A 4,500-acre blaze in Mendocino County triggered the closure of multiple roads along the 101 Freeway.

There will be no regularly scheduled Santa Rosa CityBus service Monday as a result of the wildfires in the North Bay, Santa Rosa fire officials said. Windy and dry conditions were making it hard for firefighters to battle the blaze.

She says the wind gusts were tremendous and made the fire unpredictable.

PHOTOS: Fires force evacuations in Napa, Calistoga areas At least two large fires are burning in the Napa area.

The city of Santa Rosa warned residents in areas evacuated because of the large fire today not to return home until they are notified. "There was smoke all over the area".

Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday issued an emergency proclamation for Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties after wildfires damaged infrastructure, threatened homes and spurred evacuations. The county is working to set up shelters at fairgrounds to house animals.

The National Weather Service said winds of 35 miles per hour to 50 miles per hour had occurred Sunday night.

The influenced areas incorporate Sonoma, Napa, Yuba, Butte, Nevada and Orange.

"This is a life-threatening event", the Santa Rosa Police Department said in a 2 a.m. alert regarding the evacuations. The smaller Nuns Fire, in Sonoma, was at 5,000 acres by about midday, officials said.

The nearby Marin County Sheriff's Office reported no fires Monday morning but said its 911 dispatchers were overwhelmed with people calling to report smoke from other area fires being pushed into their neighborhoods. The most similar event was the 2015 Valley Fire, which was centered in and around the Lake County town of Middletown, which killed four people and destroyed almost 2,000 structures.

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

If O'Gorman hadn't been coming home from work to wake her family, "we would have been in the house trapped", she said.

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

"I don't know", Biermann said.

A Hilton Hotel was among the buildings that were left in ruins. Multiple structures were also burning on Adobe Canyon Road, east of Kenwood across Highway 12.

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