Wildfires Rage In California Wine Country, Forcing Evacuations

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10 October, 2017

The CHP reports they have had to rescue 42 people so far because of the fires.

An estimated 20,000 people have been evacuated, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Director Ken Pimlott said.

Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for Sonoma, Napa and Uva counties on Monday. Wind was gusting in the areas up to 50 miles per hour. Yuba County Fairgrounds has opened as an emergency shelter that can take large animals.

Brown said in his statement that the multiple fires "threatened thousands of homes".

The Tubbs Fire, which is burning in Napa County off of Highway 128 and Bennett Lane in Calistoga, has already scorched 35,000 acres, according to officials.

Authorities were evacuating Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital at 1:30 a.m. Evacuations have been ordered along East Road, West Road, Tomki Road to Canyon Road in Willits, Golden Rule subdivision and Reeves Canyon.

Cell service in parts of the North Bay remains effected, and power outages are spread across the region.

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In southern California, a fast-moving wildfire in Anaheim is forcing some evacuations.

In Santa Rosa, the fire burned through the Sky Farm subdivision above Santa Rosa's Fountaingrove neighborhood and raced down the hill toward the Larkfield-Wikiup area. Much of a mobile home park behind the Kaiser facility burned, CNN affiliate KPIX said. The warning cited dry, "windy locations through the Napa Valley and northern Sonoma County valleys".

Two fires - the Lobo Fire and the McCourtney Fire - are burning several hundred acres near Grass Valley and Nevada City have also prompted mandatory evacuations and school closures. He said firefighters are concentrating on saving lives rather than battling the blazes.

The fire burning in Santa Rosa was just one of a series of wildfires burning through swaths of Sonoma, Napa, Lake and Mendocino counties, breaking out in a series starting about 10 p.m. Sunday.

"I looked over and saw a house on fire", he said. Montecito area evacuated. Crosswalk Church is full.

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.

He was asked multiple times if it was suspicious that three fires began around the same time, and he reiterated that the causes of all three fires are unknown.

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