Friday, 22 February, 2019

California Wildfires Prompt Mass Evacuations In Napa Valley

Hundreds of homes were destroyed in a wind-driven wildfire that swept through Santa Rosa California Hundreds of homes were destroyed in a wind-driven wildfire that swept through Santa Rosa California
Melinda Barton | 09 October, 2017, 15:26

Cal Fire said firefighters were battling several blazes in Sonoma County.

Evacuations are being ordered along Porter Creek, Petrified Forest, Franz Valley and Mountain Home Ranch Road.

Early Monday morning, the Sonoma County Sheriff's Department said fires had erupted 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.

In Sonoma County, Santa Rosa's city manager declared the fires a local emergency.

Residents throughout the Bay Area could smell the smoke blanketing the valley.

The National Weather Service said the fires, which caused power outages and blanketed much of the Bay Area in smoke, were being fanned by strong and dry northeast winds.

One of the biggest fires is burning near Altas Peak.

In Yountville around 2 a.m., ash rained and smoke stifled the air as the fiery rim capped the hills rising to the east above Silverado Trail. About 20 people reached the center after midnight and relatives of all those residing in the area also came, along with a representative from the American Red Cross, The Weekly Calistogan reported.

Now there are fires at Lasndale Kenwood, Mark West Springs and Riebli Santa Rosa, Shiloh and Conde in Windsor and Hwy 116 at Fredericks Sebastopol, according to the Sonoma County Sheriff's office.

Advisory: Crews on scene at major fire in Atlas Peak area.

"Very, very volatile fire conditions", McLean said. The paper said there were reports of at least three structures burning on Atlas Peak.

A fire burns in Napa County late Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017.

Evacuation centers were set up at the Napa County Fairgrounds at 1435 North Oak Calistoga and CrossWalk Community Church at 2590 First Napa.

Evacuations in Napa County included Atlas Peak Road, including Silverado Country Club; Knights Valley to Tubbs Lane in Calistoga; Monticello Road to Circle Oaks Subdivision; Patrick Road residents; and all Soda Canyon Road residents.