California wildfires destroy more than 50 structures

Northern California fires live coverage: Hundreds evacuated as blazes ravage Napa, Sonoma

The influenced areas incorporate Sonoma, Napa, Yuba, Butte, Nevada and Orange. One Twitter user reported that her building was evacuated after a resident pulled the fire alarm due to the smell. "It's not under control by any means". At least 1,500 structures have been destroyed, California's fire chief said.

Cal Fire said the blaze broke out on Atlas Peak Road just south of Lake Berryessa at 9:50 p.m. "The only thing we can do is hope the wind will come down", he said. 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. "The fire has also spread to Shiloh Ridge".

The fires are believed to have begun late Sunday night near Highway 128 in Napa County and progressed toward Santa Rosa city limits. The Los Angeles Times reported the fire's burned 35,000 acres.

Brian Alexander, a 34-year-old Santa Rosa resident, told CNN about stepping in to help his neighbors as the inferno surrounded his apartment complex. "The city has never seen anything like this".

The California Highway Patrol Santa Rosa Division said in a tweet early Monday that the community of Kenwood, in unincorporated Sonoma County, also was evacuated.

Emergency dispatchers were overwhelmed with 911 calls and advised callers to only call if actual flames were spotted.

Mandatory evacuations are in place for several areas, including Porter Creek and the Petrified Forest.

"We're focusing on making evacuations and trying to keep people safe. It was surreal", tourist Chris Thomas told the San Francisco Gate.

"When I started loading stuff into the auto it was a hell-storm of smoke and ash", Chris Thomas, 42, who was in Napa for a wine-tasting trip with his wife, told the newspaper.

"Fire has burned all the way through the Silverado Country Club area", Biermann said in a reference to the Silverado Resort and Spa. "I couldn't even breathe".

Tens of thousands of people are fleeing Napa and Sonoma County wildfires Monday, Oct. 9.

The "Atlas Fire" was burning in the hills above Napa County and had damaged several buildings. The Redwood Complex Fire injured one person in Mendocino County.

Fire season is engulfing parts of Northern California. The morning commute on southbound Highway 101 was slower than normal as additional cars evacuating the fire were on the roadway.

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