wnol.info October 24 2017


Dozens of homes destroyed in massive fires in California wine country

October 24 2017, 03:55 | Irvin Gilbert

Napa County fire just outside of American Canyon

Napa County fire just outside of American Canyon

"These fires have destroyed structures and continue to threaten thousands of homes, necessitating the evacuation of thousands of residents", said the governor.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection director Ken Pimlott had earlier said that there would likely be fatalities. The First Baptist Church in Pioneer has opened as a shelter, according to CAL FIRE. Jerry Brown on Monday declared a state of emergency in Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties.

Crews are also battling large wildfires in Napa and Sonoma counties. As many as 8,000 homes are threatened in Nevada County, the Associated Press reported.

These dramatic photos were captured by professional photojournalists in the Santa Rosa area. 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. And that was just the beginning. "It's basically made it all the way to Green Valley Road on the hills on the Napa County side - Wild Horse, Green Valley, up there".

"Around 3 a.m., there was a lot slamming of doors, shouting, auto engines revving, so, I get up and go downstairs", Jake Palmgren, a 20-year-old custom crush worker told Wine Enthusiast.

The Press Democrat reports that mandatory evacuations were ordered after a blaze broke out late Sunday near Santa Rosa, which is 54 miles (87 kilometers) north of San Francisco. Three evacuation centers have been set up.

Maureen McGowan was house-sitting for a brother near Kenwood, and said both of the homes on his property were on fire when she left.

Fire officials are working up a strategy to confront the fires, which show no sign of ending amid high winds and hot and dry weather. Residents there were directed to the Napa County Fairgrounds. "We are not on scene yet and haven't been able to determine the best evacuation route".

"We had very strong gusts", Biermann said.

Officials said Monday at least 1,500 homes and buildings have been destroyed and that about 20,000 people have been evacuated from 14 large fires, including more than 80 patients in a Santa Rosa hospital. As they fled the flames one of them told him, "There's no need to repent".

"Gusty north to northeasterly winds will continue into early Monday afternoon across north-central California, especially in the mountains and down into the foothills", Root said.

Flames were also burning near the Domaine Carneros winery.



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