Multiple Fires in Northern California Prompt Evacuations

Tuesday, 10 Oct, 2017

Fourteen wildfires in eight northern California counties had burned more than 57,000 acres in the last 12 hours, said California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire) spokesman Daniel Berlant.

The CHP reports they have had to rescue 42 people so far because of the fires. The city has been concerned about the Browns Valley area in the west and the Alta Heights area in the east and has bulldozers helping to put in fire lines.

The Cascade Fire in Yuba and Butte counties has burned 5,000 acres and prompted multiple evacuations in the communities of Loma Rica and Browns Valley, about 20 miles northeast of Yuba City. The Sonoma County Fairgrounds is open for people with large animals; access the fairgrounds via Gate 7 on Aston Avenue.

"Our neighbor called and told us the sheriff had come - we had to evacuate now", he said.

Cal Fire is keeping track of three other fires in Napa, Sonoma and Lake Counties.

Authorities have implemented forced evacuations in several rural neighborhoods and worked to clear out hospitals and senior centers in northwestern Santa Rosa.

"Everyone in Sonoma County is spread out fighting these fires, but they don't have enough resources to handle something like this".

In southern California, a fast-moving wildfire in Anaheim is forcing some evacuations.

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The area of Fountaingrove appeared to be particularly hard hit, with photos showing numerous homes on fire.

All public schools in Santa Rosa and Calistoga have been closed Monday.

"The main thing we can do is trust the breeze will descend", he said. He said firefighters are concentrating on saving lives rather than battling the blazes.

"This fire is explosive", Cox said. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) Trees burn behind houses in a residential area in Santa Rosa, Calif., Monday, Oct. 9, 2017.

San Francisco authorities issued an air quality alert due to smoke from the blazes, warning residents to close windows, limit outdoor activities and keep pets inside.

The Cal Fire service confirmed the Tubbs fire of Napa Valley has burned 20,000 acres of land in total, while the Nuns fire of Sonoma has destroyed 300 acres.

At least one person is dead and two are seriously injured in wildfires north of San Francisco, The Associated Press reported Monday. "The causes will be under investigating, for sure". The flames grew to more than 200 acres near Napa.