California Wildfires Prompt Mass Evacuations In Napa Valley

A fire burns in Napa County late Sunday Oct. 8 2017

AP News in Brief at 12:04 am EDT

Napa, Lake and Sonoma counties had seven large fires burning, he said. The fires began popping up in Napa and Sonoma Counties first, but as the night went on, at least five counties are now affected.

"Trees were ablaze like lights", she said.

"This is really serious". He said crews had no containment on the quick-moving fire. "It's not under control by any means". It had burned 8,000 acres to 12,000 acres and destroyed more 50 structures, such as homes and barns, he said. The Atlas Fire is at 5,000 acres and the Patrick fire is at 100 acres.

The fires had stretched Sonoma and Napa counties firefighting resources to the breaking point.

"As of right now, with these conditions, we can't get in front of this fire and do anything about the forward progress", he said.

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AccuWeather Meteorologist Jordan Root said dry and warm winds will continue to fan wildfires across the region before diminishing Monday evening. Officials said homes were also lost in the community of Kenwood and at a mobile home park off the 101 Freeway.

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports the fires burned into parts of Santa Rosa and the Sonoma Valley, destroying multiple homes in neighborhoods to the north and southeast of Santa Rosa early Monday.

"It was an inferno like you've never seen before", Williams told the Associated Press. The Crosswalk Church was opened earlier as a evacuation center, but it's at capacity.

Officials said Sonoma County emergency dispatchers were being "overwhelmed by 911 calls" from residents smelling smoke, adding, "Please only call 911 if you see actual unattended flames". The fires forced the closure of all public schools in Santa Rosa and Calistoga on Monday.

A marquee burning on a golf course at the Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa.

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

"When I started loading stuff into the vehicle it was a hell-storm of smoke and ash". Gusts were predicted to be in the 30 miles per hour range in the area of the fire. Officials had closed 33 roads as of 6:30 a.m and set up an emergency shelter capable of hosting large animals at the Yuba-Sutter fairgrounds.

The "Atlas Fire" was burning in the hills above Napa County and had damaged several buildings.

All told, fires in Northern California have so far burned a minimum of 45,000 acres.

Residents throughout the Bay Area could smell the smoke blanketing the valley.

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