Wildfires Rage In California Wine Country, Forcing Evacuations

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Wildfires Rage In California Wine Country, Forcing Evacuations

The warning cited dry, "windy locations through the Napa Valley and northern Sonoma County valleys". Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency Monday afternoon, as wildfires in the state's wine country exploded into some of its worst in history.

After evacuating the house, which sits at the dead end of a one-lane road in rural Napa County, she and her family watched from a distance as a propane tank exploded and their home's roof caught fire.

The Atlas Peak fire near the city of Napa had burned more than 10,000 acres by 6 am. An estimat;ed 20,000 people have been evacuated, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Director Ken Pimlott said.

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.

Patients at Kaiser Hospital in Santa Rosa were being removed early Monday morning, according to NBC Bay Area reporter Laura Garcia.

A smaller fire, the Nuns Fire, that seems to have broken out simultaneous with or shortly after that fire, along Highway 12 in Glen Ellen, quickly consumed 300 acres and has already damaged or destroyed multiple farms, businesses, vineyards, and homes in the area.

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

Cal Fire Battalion Chief Jonathan Cox reported several injuries. The fire has crossed Highway 101 in Santa Rosa and ignited structures west of the freeway. Wind was gusting in the areas up to 50 miles per hour.

A smoke advisory has been issued for San Francisco, telling residents to "close windows and limit outdoor activities".

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

Two hospitals have also reportedly been evacuated and are "no longer operational".

"I mean blazing, falling down on fire", he said. KPIX reported flames near the Domaine Carneros winery.

In the first hours of the Atlas Peak fire, fire and sheriff's units went house to house just north of Silverado Resort urging residents to leave.

At least one person lost their life as the Redwood Complex Fire snatched up 4,500 acres in flames.

Community centers, the Sonoma County Fairgrounds and other local centers were opened for evacuees.

Smoke from the fires drifted into San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose.

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