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Wildfire forces evacuations in southern California

10 October 2017

However, many of those celebrations are on hold, putting the breaks on tourism to the Napa and Sonoma wine valleys.

Santa Barbara-based Direct Relief (DRI) has offered emergency assistance to California's Office of Emergency Services, the Napa County Public Health Department, and more than 40 health centers and clinics in the affected region.

Raging wildfires in northern California have destroyed at least 1,500 structures and forced the evacuation of 20,000 residents, officials said today.

After evacuating the house, which sits at the dead end of a one-lane road in rural Napa County, she and her family watched from a distance as a propane tank exploded and their home's roof caught fire.

Earlier, California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties because of wildfires that the governor says are threatening thousands of homes. The Tubbs fire, which had spread from Calistoga to Santa Rosa in Sonoma County, has engulfed more than 25,000 acres (9,000 hectares). Authorities also are setting up a place for residents to evacuate their horses. "If in this area, you need to move out". Mandatory evacuations are in effect in several areas and almost 20 shelters have opened from Cloverdale to Petaluma and from Guerneville to Sonoma.

Patients at a healing center in Sonoma County must be cleared as the blasts seethed on.

No fires were reported in the Petaluma area early Monday morning, though smoke could be seen over the city.

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

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"As of right now, with these conditions, we can't get in front of this fire and do anything about the forward progress", he said, adding that resources from across California were to begin arriving in the area later Monday.

He says numerous people have been injured and a number of residents are also missing as 14 large fires burn. Smoke was thick as far away as San Francisco, 60 miles (96 kilometers) south of the Sonoma County fire.

In recent memory, there hasn't been anything like the wildfires now burning in these relatively densely populated areas of the North Bay, and several cities and towns are likely to be assessing damages for weeks to come, and rebuilding for years to come, including Santa Rosa and Glen Ellen. The Anaheim Fire Department said the burst was being pushed by 25 miles per hour winds. She had fled so fast that she hadn't put on her shoes.

She's too distraught to sleep.

"Around 3 a.m., there was a lot slamming of doors, shouting, vehicle engines revving, so, I get up and go downstairs", Jake Palmgren, a 20-year-old custom crush worker told Wine Enthusiast.

In Santa Rosa, the Fountain Grove Inn and Hotel was destroyed and another hotel, the Hilton, was in flames, the affiliate reported.

Though he was rushing to escape the flames, Larsen also looked out for his neighbor who lived up the street.

Wildfire forces evacuations in southern California