Images show how wildfires are ravaging Northern California's wine country

It had burned 8,000 acres to 12,000 acres and destroyed more 50 structures, such as homes and barns, he said.

Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday issued an emergency proclamation for Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties after wildfires damaged infrastructure, threatened homes and spurred evacuations. Pimlott says the fires are burning throughout an eight-county swath of Northern California, including Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties. Multiple other counties were affected as smoke pushed into neighborhoods as day broke.

"By the time I got things loaded into the auto to evacuate with, the hill behind my house looked like it was just ablaze", Nancy Christiansen said.

Windsor Fire Chief Jack Piccinini said that almost every one of Sonoma County's fire resources is being used, but it is not enough.

"This is a life-threatening event", the Santa Rosa Police Department said in a 2 a.m. alert regarding the evacuations.

Many area roads are also closed, including Highway 37 and Highway 12.

Smoke was thick in San Francisco, 60 miles (96 km) south of the Sonoma County fire.

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

The area of Fountaingrove was particularly hard-hit, with photos showing numerous homes on fire.

A firefighter covers his eyes as he walks past a burning hillside in Santa Rosa, Calif., Monday, Oct. 9, 2017.


"The main thing we can do is trust the breeze will descend", he said.

The fire has crossed Highway 101 in Santa Rosa and ignited structures west of the freeway in the area of Kohl's Department Store on Hopper Avenue.

Torres and his wife were at one of the Napa Valley evacuation centers.

There was "zero containment" on two of the biggest fires, Cal Fire said in a mid-morning briefing on Monday. The Tubbs fire west of Calistoga had burned 35,000 acres in Napa and Sonoma counties.

NBC Bay Area has compiled a running list of evacuation orders and evacuations. Cal Fire Battalion Chief Jonathan Cox reported several injuries.

San Francisco Chronicle reporter Kurtis Alexander shared footage on Twitter on Monday of both a Hilton hotel and a Kmart on fire in Santa Rosa.

The cause of the fires is still under investigation.

"I knew that she was unable to drive right now and she was by herself", explained Larsen.

There are churches and community centers open to those families that are seeking refuge from the fire.


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