Wildfires force evacuations in Northern California

Napa County fire just outside of American Canyon

Wildfires in Northern California are devastating the famed Napa Valley wine region and forcing mandatory evacuations from hospitals and residential neighborhoods.

In video posted on Twitter specialists were seen wheeling a patient in a healing center bed out of Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Santa Rosa to security. At least one person has died and two people suffered serious injuries as a result of one of the blazes that ignited in Mendocino County, according to Cal Fire.

There will be no regularly scheduled Santa Rosa CityBus service Monday as a result of the wildfires in the North Bay, Santa Rosa fire officials said. Another hospital in the area, Sutter Hospital, was also placed under evacuation orders.

Pimlett said firefighters are concentrating on saving lives rather than battling the blazes.

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.

The fires, many of which started late Sunday, burned out of control across hillsides in Sonoma and Napa counties, north of San Francisco and west of Sacramento.

Many trees were down on Calistoga Road and 911 lines were inundated with callers reporting smoke.




Smoke was thick in San Francisco, 60 miles (96 km) south of the Sonoma County fire. The Napa County Animal Shelter will hold smaller animals.

Napa, Lake and Sonoma counties had seven large fires burning, he said. Cal Fire tweeted that as many as 8,000 homes were threatened in Nevada County, which lies on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada.

The Sonoma County Sheriff's Office said fires had broken out at Mark West Springs and Riebli roads in Santa Rosa, at Shiloh and Conde roads in Windsor and at Highway 116 and Fredericks Road in Sebastopol.

"Our neighbor called and told us the sheriff had come - we had to evacuate now", he said. The winds were expected to subside at midday.

Napa Mayor Jill Techel said authorities had to evacuate Montecito Boulevard and Monte Vista Avenue in the city. The most similar event was the 2015 Valley Fire, which was centered in and around the Lake County town of Middletown, which killed four people and destroyed almost 2,000 structures.

"That's when we said, 'It's time to go, '" Regan said. "We are not on scene yet and haven't been able to determine the best evacuation route".

In Santa Rosa, the Fountain Grove Inn and Hotel was destroyed and another hotel, the Hilton, was in flames, the affiliate reported. Multiple structures were also burning on Adobe Canyon Road, east of Kenwood across Highway 12.

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