Wildfires force evacuations in Northern California

Wildfires force evacuations in Northern California

Wildfires force evacuations in Northern California

Brown said in his statement that the multiple fires "threatened thousands of homes". It still appears to be 0% contained according to CalFire and we do not yet have an official count of structures damaged or destroyed - though ABC 7 has an early reported of 1,500 structures burned in total across the three counties.

"It was an inferno like you've never seen before", Marian Williams, who caravanned with neighbors through flames before dawn as one of the wildfires reached the vineyards and ridges at her small Sonoma County town of Kenwood, told The Associated Press.

"When I found her I said, 'Forget it, let's just go.' It went from being an annoying evacuation to something really scary".

Evacuations were ordered along Porter Creek, Petrified Forest, Franz Valley and Mountain Home Ranch roads.

One of the biggest problems in Sonoma County is the Tubbs Fire.

Fountaingrove Inn, Santa Rosa: The 124 room luxury hotel, which was visible from Highway 101, "fell victim to the devastating fire in Sonoma County", according to a message general manager Justin Hayman posted on Facebook.

In Napa County, guests of the Silverado Resort and Spa on Atlas Peak Road said they had been hurriedly evacuated as flames approached.

Multiple fires broke out Sunday night as strong winds buffeted the area.

Community centers, the Sonoma County Fairgrounds and other local centers were opened for evacuees.

The fires had stretched Sonoma and Napa counties firefighting resources to the breaking point.

There were no reports of fatalities or serious injuries.

The nearby Marin County Sheriff's Office reported no fires Monday morning but said its 911 dispatchers were overwhelmed with people calling to report smoke from other area fires being pushed into their neighborhoods.

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

Smoke from the fires has drifted across all parts of the Bay Area, as far south as San Jose. 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. North winds were forecast to gust to 30 miles per hour through the day Monday before shifting to the south and diminishing by afternoon.

Two fires - the Lobo Fire and the McCourtney Fire - are burning several hundred acres near Grass Valley and Nevada City have also prompted mandatory evacuations and school closures.

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