Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

California wine country wildfires torch homes

Brush Fire Burns 20 Acres Multiple Vehicles in Napa County Near Airport Wrecking Yard Napa County FDA fire burns at a wrecking yard Sunday in Napa County
Christy Curtis | 10 October, 2017, 01:52

Firefighters assess the scene as a house burns in the Napa region of California.

Brown issued the declaration on Monday, as multiple fires forced people to evacuate their homes.

Windsor Fire Chief Jack Piccinini said that almost every one of Sonoma County's fire resources is being used, but it is not enough.

Pimlott says the fires are burning throughout an eight-county swath of Northern California, including Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties.

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.

"It was an inferno like you've never seen before", Marian Williams, who escaped through flames before dawn near the town of Kenwood in Sonoma County, told AP. Santa Rosa's historic round barn, at the gateway to Fountaingrove, was also burned, as was the Journey's End mobile home park to the north of Kaiser Permanente's hospital in Santa Rosa and multiple homes along Hopper Lane. "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.

Fire officials said more than 1,500 structures have burned so far, including homes.

The Atlas Peak fire was the largest of several wildfires, quickly growing to more than 200 acres near Napa.

"Everybody in Sonoma County is spread out battling these flames, however they don't have enough assets to deal with something like this", Windsor Fire Chief Jack Piccinni told the Associated Press before Monday. Three evacuation centers have been set up.

The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for the counties most at risk.

A firefighter covers his eyes as he walks past a burning hillside in Santa Rosa.

Alyssa O'Gorman and her family fled their home in the nick of time.

The fires had stretched Sonoma and Napa counties firefighting resources to the breaking point. "We are not prepared to start counting", she said shortly after sunrise.

Wildfires are engulfing the Napa Valley neighborhood of Calistoga, California, on October 9, 2017. I'm glad nobody got hurt.

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

Winds from the north gusting up to 50 miles per hour have pushed smoke toward the south end of the San Francisco Bay, prompting emergency calls from anxious residents across the Bay Area.

The winds were expected to subside at midday.Community centers, the Sonoma County Fairgrounds and other local centers were opened for evacuees.

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