Firefighters are battling several wind-whipped fires that forced evacuations of rural neighborhoods in Northern California.
The fires have been burning in northern Sonoma County since early Monday morning. The fires spread across roads and burned several structures, local officials told CNN. Evacuations have been ordered along East Road, West Road, Tomki Road to Canyon Road in Willits, Golden Rule subdivision and Reeves Canyon. The smaller Nuns Fire, in Sonoma, was at 5,000 acres by about midday, officials said.
Firefighters assess the scene as a house burns in the Napa region of California. When she couldn't reach 911, she quickly loaded up the vehicle and fled.
There was "zero containment" on two of the biggest fires, Cal Fire said in a mid-morning briefing on Monday.
Downed trees were blocking parts of one rural road and fires were burning on both sides of Highway 12 as gusts reached up to 60 miles per hour.
According to a report in the Sacramento Bee, more than 1,500 structures have been destroyed and 20,000 people have been evacuated. Crews had not yet been able to contain a fire heading toward downtown Napa. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) Flames rise from the remains of a burned down commercial building in Santa Rosa, Calif., Monday, Oct. 9, 2017.
Cal Fire is keeping track of three other fires in Napa, Sonoma and Lake Counties.
Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties.
Napa's Biermann says authorities hope to have a better grasp on the extent of the fires now that the sun is up and firefighting aircraft can survey the area.
John Dean was driving to his Sonoma County home early Monday when he saw a house on fire along the road. "This is traditionally California's worst time for fires, California's most damaging times for fires have occurred in October".
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"I mean blazing, falling down on fire", he said.
Dean sped to his home in Kenwood, alerted neighbors and fled to the town of Sonoma. At the Safeway, she pointed to her feet, still in slippers.
"We're focusing on making evacuations and trying to keep people safe".
If O'Gorman hadn't been coming home from work to wake her family, "we would have been in the house trapped", she said.
The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for the counties most at risk.
Emergency dispatchers were overwhelmed with 911 calls and advised callers to only call if actual flames were spotted.
Business owner Andy Lahiji stood before a burned-out warehouse where he said he had lost his inventory of furniture and other property. Officials said the Silverado Country Club - site of this week's PGA Tour tournament - was evacuated.
A firefighter covers his eyes as he walks past a burning hillside in Santa Rosa. "The only thing we can do is hope the wind will come down", he said. "I feel very sad".
"My boyfriend went walking just for fun", DeLanoy said, "and I got a text message saying, 'Get out of there now. Hopefully insurance takes care of it". A Calistoga shelter was opened at the Napa County Fairgrounds, 1435 N. Oak St.