Wildfires Rage Through Wine Country, North Coast - and Anaheim Hills


Torres home was on Wild Horse Valley Road and the Atlas Peak fire was roaring toward his neighborhood.

Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency over the wildfires devastating Northern California's beloved wine country as photos and videos from the region on social media offer a grim picture of what residents are facing. The city lost unknown numbers of businesses and homes as the blaze shut down schools and forced patients at two city hospitals to evacuate.

Napa County Board of Supervisors chairwoman Belia Ramos says officials do not yet have a count on how many properties have been affected in the 20,000 acre (8,100 hectare) fire.

The Atlas Peak Fire in Napa County left more than 50 homes and structures decimated, ABC 10 columnist Dina Kupfer tweeted. Petaluma Fire Department said that three engines had been sent to Santa Rosa to assist with the blaze and extra personnel was called in to protect Petaluma.

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

Torres and his wife were at one of the Napa Valley evacuation centers.

A fire chief working with the efforts to douse the wildfires raging in wine country said 1,500 structures have been destroyed.

Deputies were dispatched to help firefighters and California Highway Patrol officers with evacuations, according to the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office.

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"Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly", the warning said.

Here's a look at what's being referred to as the Tubbs Fire in Santa Rosa. "These fires have damaged and continue to threaten critical infrastructure and have forced the closure of major highways and local roads".

In total, SFGate reports there are now 14 fires burning across eight counties in Northern California, including other fires that were sparked in Butte, Yuba, and Nevada counties.

Mandatory evacuations are in place for several areas, including Porter Creek and the Petrified Forest.

Residents throughout the Bay Area could smell the smoke blanketing the valley. Gusts were predicted to be in the 30 miles per hour range in the area of the fire.

"I mean blazing, falling down on fire", he said. He said it took firetrucks ages to arrive Monday morning. The Sonoma County Fairgrounds is open for people with large animals; access the fairgrounds via Gate 7 on Aston Avenue.

Smoke was thick in San Francisco, 60 miles south of the Sonoma County fire.