California Fires: Current Conditions, Locations, & Acres Affected

Randolph Lopez
October 10, 2017

Wildfires whipped by powerful winds swept through Northern California early Monday, sending residents on a headlong flight to safety through smoke and flames as homes burned.

Chief Scott McLean said there was no containment of the Atlas Peak fire at 12:30 a.m. and called the conditions "very volatile".

She caravanned with neighbors through flames before dawn as one of the wildfires reached the vineyards and ridges near her home. Brown said the fires threaten infrastructure, people and their homes.

Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for Sonoma, Napa and Uva counties on Monday. Mandatory evacuations are in effect in several areas and almost 20 shelters have opened from Cloverdale to Petaluma and from Guerneville to Sonoma.

Butte County's LaPorte Fire, which began as the Cascade Fire in Yuba County, had scorched 3,000 acres as of 6:19 a.m. Monday.

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"This is a life-threatening event", the Santa Rosa Police Department said in a 2 a.m. alert regarding the evacuations. One person has died from the fires, according to the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office.

"The Fountaingrove Inn across the street from the mobile home park burned, as did the Hilton Sonoma Wine Country, a Kmart store, a McDonald's, an Arby's, an Applebee's and a Mountain Mike's Pizza". Several smaller fires are also burning in the region.

The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for the Bay area. The county is working to set up shelters at fairgrounds to house animals. The boss said firefighters are now concentrating their endeavors on sparing lives as opposed to attempting to stop the bursts. The fast-moving fire forced the evacuation of area hospitals, closed schools and led officials to recall all city employees to help staff the emergency operations center.

The Nuns fire burning in Sonoma County north of Glen Ellen has torched 300 acres, according to Cal Fire. Cal Fire said firefighters were battling a 200-acre fire in Napa County. "There was smoke all over the area".

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. "Winds will continue to gust between 35 and 45 miles per hour with locally stronger gusts up to 55 miles per hour in the highest mountains".

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