One killed as 20000 flee wildfires in California wine country

Evacuations were also ordered on Partrick Road west of Napa, Soda Canyon Road, and Monticello Road up to the Circle Oaks subdivision, according to Molly Rattigan, deputy county executive officer.

Fountaingrove Inn, Santa Rosa: The 124 room luxury hotel, which was visible from Highway 101, "fell victim to the devastating fire in Sonoma County", according to a message general manager Justin Hayman posted on Facebook.

Other fires have also prompted evacuations in Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park, Glen Ellen and other areas.

Gov. Jerry Brown issued a state of emergency for Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties. "I've gone out to get hold of news, which hasn't been much of a help", Palmgren said, as thick smoke surrounded his grandparents' Sonoma Valley home.

Multiple fires broke out Sunday night as strong winds buffeted the area. The Anaheim Fire Department said the burst was being pushed by 25 miles per hour winds.

The blazes engulfed acreage in Sonoma and Napa counties as responders worked through the night to fight the fires.


"There are fires burning in a handful of areas, but Napa is the primary focus because it started there first", Jourdan said. He said crews had no containment on the quick-moving fire.

"Mass evacuations are taking place", the statement said.

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

The "Atlas" fire, meanwhile, had burned through an additional 25,000 acres in the hills above Napa County.

As of 6:40 a.m. PDT, between 8,000 and 12,000 acres of Atlas Peak were on fire, she said.

"I mean blazing, falling down on fire", he said.


The Napa Valley Register reported that authorities have been going to homes north of Silverado Resort asking residents to leave. There were preliminary reports of at least three structures burning but no details were immediately available.

Several evacuation centers have been set up, but many have already reached capacity.

Patients at a healing center in Sonoma County must be cleared as the blasts seethed on.

San Francisco authorities issued an air quality alert due to smoke from the blazes, warning residents to close windows, limit outdoor activities and keep pets inside.

At least one person lost their life as the Redwood Complex Fire snatched up 4,500 acres in flames. In that blaze, 23,000 acres were burned, $36 million was done in damage, 65 structures were destroyed and 11 people were injured.



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