Multiple Fires in Northern California Prompt Evacuations

Kristopher Drake
October 10, 2017

In Southern California, a destructive 500-800 wildfire quickly spread in 25 miles per hour winds and has burned at least a handful of homes in the Anaheim HIlls neighborhood. The smaller Nuns Fire, in Sonoma, was at 5,000 acres by about midday, officials said.

At least 4,500 acres in Mendocino County have also been scorched after the Redwood Fire ignited west of Mendocino National Forest, Cal Fire reported.

In total, SFGate reports there are now 14 fires burning across eight counties in Northern California, including other fires that were sparked in Butte, Yuba, and Nevada counties.

Evacuation orders are also in effect in an area north of the town of Oroville, where the Cherokee Fire has burned 1,00 acres.

In Sonoma County, fires also forced all schools in Santa Rosa City to close for the day.

"The Fountaingrove Inn across the street from the mobile home park burned, as did the Hilton Sonoma Wine Country, a Kmart store, a McDonald's, an Arby's, an Applebee's and a Mountain Mike's Pizza".

Torres home was on Wild Horse Valley Road and the Atlas Peak fire was roaring toward his neighborhood.

By 3 a.m. flames had jumped Highway 101 on the fire's westward march, as strong winds pushed ash and smoke over a wide area of the city.

High winds overnight triggered the blazes to spread rapidly across the region, according to officials. Officials had closed 33 roads as of 6:30 a.m and set up an emergency shelter capable of hosting large animals at the Yuba-Sutter fairgrounds.

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. Numerous fires spread suddenly overnight, whipped by furious winds.

Napa County's fire chief warned conditions were hindering firefighting efforts, as further resources were brought in from across the state.

The fire boss said various individuals have been harmed and various inhabitants were accounted for missing.

Piccinni said nearly all of Sonoma County's fire assets were being utilized.

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

Residents in Napa and Sonoma counties are describing their terrifying middle-of-the-night scramble to flee from raging wildfires.

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