Sunday, 17 December, 2017

Wind-Driven Fires Burn California Wine Country

Napa County fire. Image courtesy of Craig Philpott @CphilpottCraig on Oct. 9 2017 Hide Caption Show Caption Napa County fire. Image courtesy of Craig Philpott @CphilpottCraig on Oct. 9 2017
Jo Caldwell | 10 October, 2017, 00:30

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

Brown said in his statement that the multiple fires "threatened thousands of homes".

The Atlas Peak fire was the largest of several wildfires, quickly growing to more than 200 acres near Napa.

The "Atlas" fire, meanwhile, had burned through an additional 25,000 acres in the hills above Napa County.

The only positive news is that fire officials have said that the high winds of last night have died down for the time being, but they are expected to kick up again around sundown, meaning that fast containment is vital.

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.

Authorities have implemented forced evacuations in several rural neighborhoods and worked to clear out hospitals and senior centers in northwestern Santa Rosa.

While escaping, the family picked up Debbie DeLanoy, another tourist, and brought her to the evacuation center.

According to theSanta Rosa Press Democrat, as many as 14 wildfires burned out of control overnight, threatening Wine Country and the entire North Coast region early Monday.

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

"Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly", the warning said.

Napa County Fire Chief Barry Biermann said more than 50 structures had been destroyed, but there were no reports of injuries or deaths.

"Probably many homes and businesses, in the outskirts of Santa Rosa and the city itself", she said. The Anaheim Fire Department said the burst was being pushed by 25 miles per hour winds.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a smoke advisory for Monday.

Officials said Napa Country's Silverado Resort and Spa, which hosted a prominent golf event that ended Sunday, also was evacuated after it lost electrical power. "I mean blazing, falling down on fire".

"Mass evacuations are taking place", the statement said. The county is working to set up shelters at fairgrounds to house animals.

Flames were also burning near the Domaine Carneros winery. The San Mateo County Sheriff's Department issued a notice to residents to expect a strong smell of smoke from the fires.

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