The latest on California wildfires: Death toll grows to 17
SONOMA, Calif. — The latest on California wildfires:
A Southern California wildfire that destroyed 14 buildings – most of them homes – is now 40 percent contained.
Fire officials say winds that propelled the blaze across 12.5 square miles (32 sq. kilometers) of northern Orange County have eased and a cooler, wetter marine layer of air should help the fight Tuesday night.
Firefighters managed to stop the fire’s growth.
Thousands of people in Anaheim, Orange and Tustin were placed under evacuation orders after the blaze erupted Monday but by Tuesday evening virtually all the orders had been lifted.
The death toll from wildfires raging in Northern California has now grown to 17.
The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office announced two additional deaths there late Tuesday. That brings the county’s total to 11. The other six are spread among Napa, Yuba and Mendocino counties.
The Sheriff’s Office released only the names of the streets where the deceased were discovered, and no information on the identities or circumstances of the deaths.
The series of fires that flared up north of San Francisco on Sunday night are among the deadliest in California history.
The blazes have also left at least 180 people injured and have destroyed more than 2,000 homes and businesses.
In Southern California, most evacuation orders have been lifted as firefighters successfully battle a wildfire that destroyed 14 buildings, most of them homes.
Thousands of people in Tustin, Orange and Anaheim were allowed to begin returning home Tuesday evening, a day after the blaze erupted in northern Orange County.
Only a few streets remain off-limits.
The wind-driven fire raced through tinder-dry hills but Orange County fire Capt. Larry Kurtz says the winds have died and temperatures are cooling.
T he fire is more than 25 percent contained.
Kurtz says fire crews now hope to go on the offensive but they will still continue to protect homes in evacuated areas. He says crews can’t afford to let any sparks or embers ignite.
Hospitals say they have treated at least 185 people injured by wildfires that have rampaged through parts of Northern California since Sunday night.
Most of the injured were taken to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital’s emergency room, which treated about 100 people since the wildfires began. The hospital said most had respiratory-related issues, including difficulty breathing, asthma and throat irritation, and 14 patients were treated for burns. Three of the burn victims remain in the ICU.
Queen of the Valley Hospital in Napa treated about 50 patients, mostly for minor injuries and smoke inhalation.
Petaluma Valley Hospital treated about 35 patients from wildfires, most of whom have been released.
A key Napa County vintner says at least five wineries in his trade group are destroyed or seriously damaged in a region synonymous with excellent food and wine.
The Napa Valley Vintners association earlier Tuesday had put the number at four. But board chairman Michael Honig said the latest count was five. He said damage was to facilities, and the group does not know about vineyards.
Honig said the next few days might not be the best time to sample wines, but he wants people to visit in a week or two. He is convinced the Napa brand will survive.
A family member says an elderly couple that died in a Northern California fire was together since grade school and celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary last year.
Mike Rippey said Tuesday his 100-year-old father, Charles, and 98-year-old mother, Sara, grew up in a small town in Wisconsin and went to college in the state together.
They settled in Napa after Mike Rippey said he moved to the region about 45 years ago.
Rippey said his mother didn’t move well, and his parents were unable to get out before the blaze destroyed their home. His brother found their bodies on Monday.
The sheriff of a Northern California county where at least nine people have been killed by a raging wildfire says officials have yet to search through the devastation.
Sonoma County Sheriff Robert Giordano says his office is starting to organize search teams. But they have yet to inspect the affected areas because there are still hotspots.
Giordano says the massive blaze is still very active in the Sonoma Valley and in the southern part of the county.
Santa Rosa Police said Tuesday afternoon that a new blaze that started Monday night is quickly approaching Oakmont, a Santa Rosa neighborhood.
Worried vintners in Northern California’s wine country continue to determine the extent of damage to vineyards and wineries after wildfires swept through Napa and Sonoma counties.
The Napa Valley Vintners trade association reported that at least four wineries belonging to members suffered “total or very significant losses.” It also reported at least nine others reported damage to wineries or surrounding vineyards.
The organization emphasized that it had not heard from all members, especially those in the most vulnerable parts of the valley.
The oldest family-run winery in California survived Monday night. But operators were anxious to assess some crops.
The trade group said 90 percent of grapes had already been picked, with most of the remaining crop thick-skinned cabernet sauvignon grapes not expected to be effected by the smoke.
California’s two senators are calling on the White House to speed up the availability of federal aid to California counties affected by wildfires that led to the deaths of at least 15 people.
Democratic Sens. Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein said they support California Gov. Jerry Brown’s request for a major disaster declaration and asked President Donald Trump to “expedite the damage assessment reviews necessary to make federal assistance available … as soon as possible.”
The senators said damage is especially bad in the counties of Butte, Lake, Napa, Nevada, Mendocino, Sonoma and Yuba.
Trump approved the request. He said he spoke with Brown on Monday night to “let him know that the federal government will stand with the people of California. And we will be there for you in this time of terrible tragedy and need.”
The California National Guard has been tasked with bringing fuel to first responders battling the flames in Northern California because so many gas stations are without power.
Officials say trucks are bringing fuel into inaccessible areas and helping fuel emergency vehicles directly from the trucks. The utility companies, meanwhile, have representatives stationed at the state’s emergency operations headquarters in Sacramento working to get power back up and running.
Emergency operations director Mark Ghilarducci says several thousand people in Napa and Sonoma counties are still without power. Seventy-seven cellular sites were damaged or destroyed, also disrupting communication.
Major General David Baldwin of the California National Guard says 242 soldiers and airmen are assisting in responding to the fires in the two counties.
President Donald Trump says the federal government will be there for the people of California as devastating wildfires rage through the state’s famed wine country.
Trump says he spoke with Gov. Jerry Brown Monday night to “let him know that the federal government will stand with the people of California. And we will be there for you in this time of terrible tragedy and need.”
At least 15 people have died and at least 2,000 homes, businesses and other structures have been destroyed by the wildfires in Northern California.
Authorities in Southern California say at least 14 structures have been destroyed and another 22 damaged in a wind-driven brush fire in northeastern Orange County.
Orange County Fire Capt. Larry Kurtz said Tuesday that the fire was 25 percent contained but some 5,000 structures were still threatened and evacuation orders remained in place for thousands of residents.
A CalFire division chief told reporters that firefighters have turned their focus to the eastern portion of the blaze as the winds were starting to shift direction.
He says authorities hope to let some Orange County residents return home late Tuesday.
He says they are developing contingency plans for communities east of the fire as a precaution.
The fire has burned about 12 square miles.
California Gov. Jerry Brown says the federal government has approved his request for assistance to help battle wildfires burning in Northern California that have killed at least 15 people.
Brown said in a statement Tuesday the Federal Emergency Management Agency responded promptly to California’s request.
He says he appreciates President Donald Trump’s fast response.
Brown on Monday declared a state of emergency for Napa, Sonoma, Yuba, Butt e, Lake, Mendocino, Nevada and Orange counties and requested a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration to help battle at least 18 blazes burning throughout the state.
A fire official says two more people have died in Sonoma County, raising the total number of people killed in wildfires in Northern California to 15.
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Chief Ken Pimlott said Tuesday at least 2,000 homes, businesses and other structures have been destroyed.
He says it would be up to local authorities to release the names of the victims once their families have been notified.
A fire official says at least 13 people have died in Northern California wildfires while 2,000 homes and businesses and other structures have been destroyed.
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Chief Ken Pimlott says there are 16 fires burning throughout the region with another blaze in Orange County.
At least 4,000 personnel are helping fight the blazes.
A county in California wine country says about 200 missing-person reports have been lodged as family members and friends scramble to locate loved ones while wildfires ravage the region.
Sonoma County spokeswoman Maggie Fleming said Tuesday the reports have come via calls to a hotline.
She says it’s possible that most of those reported missing are safe but can’t be reached because of the widespread loss of cellphone service and other communications.
Fleming says officials are advising people with access to the internet to declare themselves safe on social media or contact the Red Cross.
Fires have killed at least 13 people, seven in Sonoma County.
A Northern California county is reporting two more people were killed by a blaze in their area, raising the total number of fatalities in the region’s wildfires to at least 13.
Mendocino County Sheriff Thomas Allman said Tuesday the victims died in Redwood Valley, a town of 2,000 people. A person was reported killed in the same town on Monday.
Allman says some people refused to leave their homes in communities that were destroyed by a wildfire.
He says the sheriff’s office and other law enforcement officials well go check those communities later Tuesday to hopefully find people who are safe.
Wildfires are burning in several areas in Northern California.
Authorities say at least 100 people have been injured, and as many as 1,500 homes and businesses destroyed.
A Northern California wildfire has destroyed about half of a Catholic high school and left some 620 students without school for the rest of the week.
The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/2xsJF0k) that the library, main office and portable classrooms of Cardinal Newman High School in Santa Rosa are burned.
Principal Graham Rutherford estimated that up to 18 of the school’s 35 classrooms are likely destroyed. He said the challenge now is to determine how to use the classroom space that remains.
Other schools in the area were also heavily damaged or destroyed.
An official has identified a couple killed when a blaze destroyed their Napa County home.
Napa County Sheriff John Robertson said Tuesday that 100-year-old Charles Rippey and his wife, 98-year-old Sara Rippey, died inside their home .
The couple’s granddaughter, Ruby Gibney, told Oakland television station KTVU (http://bit.ly/2kCV4Vz ) on Monday that their home was quickly ravaged by the fire and they were unable to get out.
Gibney says they had recently celebrated 75 years of marriage.
State authorities are deploying more firefighters and law enforcement officials to areas devastated by wildfires raging in Northern California.
Brad Alexander, a spokesman of the governor’s Office of Emergency Services, says hundreds more firefighters from throughout the state will join the fight Tuesday. He says California has also asked for fire crews from the U.S. Forest Service in Nevada.
The blazes burning in several counties were at zero percent containment Tuesday.
Alexander says more law enforcement officials will be sent to help with evacuations and guard against looting.
A Northern California official has confirmed that a person died trying to flee a blaze in Yuba County, bringing the total number of fatalities to 11.
Yuba County spokesman Russ Brown said Tuesday that the unidentified person was in a vehicle fleeing from the town of Loma Rica, ran off a back road and became trapped in the blaze.
Brown tells the San Francisco Chronicle (http://bit.ly/2yduVRG ) that the person died early Monday.
Authorities on Monday confirmed seven fire-related deaths in Sonoma County, two in Napa County and one in Mendocino County.
A wildfire that has burned nearly a dozen square miles among Southern California suburbs is still just 5 percent contained and authorities say the thousands of people who evacuated will not be going home soon.
Anaheim pol ice Sgt. Daron Wyatt says the fire remains a threat to about 3,500 Orange County homes Tuesday morning and neighborhoods might not open until Wednesday.
There’s concern that the fire could spread into Cleveland National Forest.
The fire began Monday morning in the Anaheim Hills about 45 miles (72 kilometers) southeast of Los Angeles and was rapidly spread by the region’s notorious warm, dry and gusty Santa Ana winds.
The National Weather Service says those conditions should ease through the day.
The Orange County fire has destroyed two dozen structures, including homes and outbuildings.
Authorities say a new blaze is threatening homes near a Northern California city already battling unforgiving wildfires.
Santa Rosa Police Sgt. Summer Black says flames began coming over a ridge shortly after 11 p.m. Monday in an area bordering Oakmont and Trione-Annadel State Park.
Black tells the Santa Rosa Press Democrat (http://bit.ly/2wLgBge ) that most of the Oakmont area was evacuated earlier in the day due to rampant wildfires.
Officials are asking anyone remaining to leave the area.
Firefighters are battling an onslaught of wildfires in Northern California that has ravaged wineries, rural towns and whole neighborhoods.
The city of Santa Rosa and its 175,000 residents felt much of the damage, with strip malls, business parks, hotels and subdivisions swallowed up by the fire.
A relentless onslaught of wildfires in Northern California is ravaging wineries, rural towns, and whole neighborhoods.
Authorities say at least 10 are dead, at least 100 are injured and at least 1,500 homes and businesses have been destroyed. All three figures were expected to surge in the coming days as more information is reported.
The city of Santa Rosa and its 175,000 residents felt much of the damage, with strip malls, business parks, hotels and subdivisions swallowed up by the fire.
Smaller towns and vineyards in wine country were also hard hit, their residents forced to flee.
Taken as a group, the fires are already among the deadliest in California history.
A Northern California county says it has received more than 100 missing-person reports as family and friends scramble to locate loved ones while wildfires ravage the state.
Scott Alonso, communications director for Sonoma County, says the reports have come via calls to a hotline the county set up for the missing.
It is possible that many or most of the missing are safe but simply can’t be reached because of the widespread loss of cell service and other communications.
The firestorm consuming the state has killed at least 10 people, seven of whom were in Sonoma County.
More than 5,000 Southern California homes were evacuated Monday as fire crews struggled to battle a rapidly growing brush fire.
The blaze has scorched 6,000 acres and destroyed dozens of structures in Orange County.
Plumes of smoke were visible over Disneyland and officials issued air quality warnings for parts of Los Angeles County.
An Anaheim police spokesman says there is no containment so far.
The firestorm consuming the state has killed at least 10 people and injured at least a hundred.
At least 100 people have been injured in wildfires burning in Northern California.
St. Joseph Health said 100 patients have been treated, most for smoke inhalation, at two of its hospitals, Santa Rosa Memorial in Santa Rosa and Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa.
Those hospitals took on the majority of patients with other hospitals in the area evacuated because of the fires.
Two of the injured are critical. One has been transferred to a burn center with significant burns. Fifteen of the injuries are described as moderate and the rest are minor.
The number of injured is expected to climb as information comes in for all the other areas affected by the firestorm consuming the state.
The fires have also killed at least 10 people and destroyed at least 1,500 homes.
Former San Francisco Giants pitcher N oah Lowry and his family were among those who had to flee from the ferocious series of wildfires in Northern California.
Lowry told The Associated Press that he, his wife, his two daughters and his 2-week-old son had to leave their home in Santa Rosa in a matter of minutes as the flames approached.
Lowry says he “can’t shake hearing people scream in terror as the flames barreled down on us.”
He said he ran into a closed U.S. 101 freeway because the flames had jumped it. But he and his family were able to get away in time and get to a friends’ house where they are staying.
Lowry, who pitched for the Giants from 2003 and 2007, now owns an outdoor sporting goods store in Santa Rosa.
The fires have destroyed at least 1,500 homes and killed at least 10 people.
Vice President Mike Pence said during a visit to California that the federal government stands ready to provide any and all assistance to the state as it deals wi th deadly and destructive wildfires.
Pence’s remarks came at an event Monday night in the Sacramento area after Gov. Jerry Brown, who has given disaster declarations to many parts of the state, said he asked President Donald Trump to declare a federal disaster. Pence said “we’ll be working very closely with Gov. Brown and California to see you through these challenging times. We are standing with you.”
It wasn’t clear whether Pence’s statements meant the request from Brown and several local leaders will be met.
The fires have destroyed at least 1,500 homes and killed at least 10 people in Northern California.
The Napa Valley Vintners association says most wineries were closed Monday because of power outages, evacuation orders and the inability of employees to get to work.
The trade association said Monday that it does not have verifiable information on winery buildings that burned down or the impact the fires would have on the 2017 harvest.
Workers had picked most grapes for the season before fires broke out.
The wind-driven wildfires came as Napa and Sonoma counties were finishing highly anticipated harvests of wine grapes. Workers on Monday should have been picking and processing the ripe grapes that would make chardonnay and other wines.
At least two wineries were destroyed and many others damaged.
Authorities have imposed a sunset-to-sunrise curfew in the city of Santa Rosa and say they are on the lookout for looters as firefighters battle blazes raging in California wine country.
Acting police Chief Craig Schwartz said Monday the curfew will be enforced in a mandatory evacuation zone, with violators possibly subject to arrest.
Other officials said they were beginning to get reports of looting in areas affected by fires.
Santa Rosa has about 175,000 residents.
Officials say at least seven more people have died in fast-moving wildfires in California wine country, bringing the total number of fatalities to 10.
The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office tweeted Monday that seven fire-related deaths were reported from fires there.
California fire officials reported earlier that two people died in Napa County and one died in Mendocino County.
California fire officials say that at least two more people have died in Northern California wildfires, bringing the total number of fatalities to three.
CalFire tweeted on its official account that the two recently confirmed fatalities were in Napa County.
An earlier victim was reported to have died in Mendocino County.
Firefighters were struggling to control more than a dozen wildfires whipped by strong winds that swept through Northern California’s wine country on Monday.
A full count of the injured was not immediately reported. Officials have said at least two people were seriously injured.
Six people injured were being treated for burns at St. Francis Memorial Hospital’s burn center in San Francisco, spokeswoman Blair Holloway said.
She says that two of the injured were in critical condition and four were critical but stable.
Trailer park residents in California wine country had little time to escape before flames destroyed their homes.
Nancy Cook said Monday that her dogs alerted her to the wildfire that quickly came blowing over a hill early in the morning and ignited trees in the Journey’s End trailer park in Santa Rosa.
The fire is one of the most destructive of more than a dozen in the region.
Cook says she pounded on neighbors’ doors before fleeing with her husband, dogs and medications.
She and other residents didn’t have time to round up their cats and had to leave them behind in their haste. Some fled in their pajamas and left their wallets.
One person had to abandon a classic hotrod car that burned.
Cook says she thinks everyone in the over-55 community escaped, though most residents lost everything they owned.
Authorities say at least half a dozen homes have burned in a fast-moving brush fire in Southern California.
Anaheim Sgt. Daron Wyatt says the fire that broke out on Monday had stretched to about 4 square miles.
Wyatt says the blaze has been driven westward by winds toward heavily populated areas of Orange County, prompting authorities to expand evacuations.
Wyatt says one firefighter suffered minor injuries fighting the blaze.
An overnight shelter has been set up at a nearby high school for evacuees.
Authorities have expanded evacuations in Southern California’s Orange County because of a fast-moving wildfire.
Anaheim police Sgt. Daron Wyatt told KABC-TV on Monday that residents in the neighborhoods of Orange Park Acres, North Tustin and East Orange were also being evacuated.
Television cameras showed homes charred by flames in the hilly area known as Anaheim Hills. At least 1,000 homes in that area were previously evacuated.
Residents reported ash falling miles away in areas near the Pacific Coast.
Regional authorities have issued a smoke advisory through Tuesday morning for portions of Orange and Riverside counties.
Officials say a wind-driven wildfire churning through canyons in hilly neighborhoods of Southern California has burned multiple homes.
Anaheim police Sgt. Daron Wyatt says there’s still no count of the number of homes affected by Monday’s blaze.
Anaheim Fire & Rescue says the fire has grown to 2,000 acres and is being fought by 200 firefighters, six helicopters and six airplanes.
One firefighter has been injured.
The fire erupted during the fall’s first significant blast of Santa Ana winds, which blow out of the northeast and toward the coast.
In Northern California wine country, officials say at least one person was killed and two others were seriously injured in fast-spreading wildfires,
At least 1,500 homes and commercial buildings have been destroyed, and 20,000 people have been evacuated.
Officials say at least one person was killed and two others were seriously injured in fast-spreading wildfires in Northern California wine country.
CalFire said Monday the death and injuries occurred in Mendocino County, one of several counties struggling to contain a total of 14 major fires burning out of control.
Additional details were not immediately available.
Official say high winds are hampering firefighting efforts about 140 miles (225 kilometers) north of San Francisco.
A wind-driven wildfire has ignited homes in a Southern California subdivision.
TV news helicopters over the blaze in the Anaheim hills of eastern Orange County are showing several homes fully involved and flames spreading in others Monday afternoon.
Fire crews are scrambling to protect structures. Evacuations have been ordered for neighborhoods and two elementary schools.
The fire erupted during the fall’s first significant blast of Santa Ana winds, the seasonal gusts linked to some of the region’s worst wildfires.
In Northern California, wildfires overnight have destroyed at least 1,500 homes and commercial buildings, and 20,000 people have been evacuated.
Authorities say they expect fatalities after 14 fast-moving wildfires destroyed more than 1,500 homes, department stores, hotels and other commercial structures in Northern California.
The state’s top fire officials said Monday that firefighters have focused on evacuating residents and saving lives rather than battling the blaze and protecting buildings.
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Director Ken Pimlott said fatalities are expected, but the fires are still out of control and it’s difficult for authorities to assess the damage done and the number of people hurt and killed.
He said about 50,000 people are without power.
October is typically the most dangerous time for fires in the state. He said there have been 1,500 more wildfires this year than last year at this time.
The California Highway Patrol says numerous roads are closed in the fire region, which is an eight-county swath of wine country north of San Francisco.
A wind-driven wildfire is sweeping along the outskirts of a Southern California subdivision.
The blaze erupted at late morning Monday in Anaheim and moved rapidly through hills and canyons in Orange County, about 45 miles southeast of Los Angeles.
Authorities have ordered evacuations of neighborhoods and two elementary schools and shut down heavily traveled freeways.
City officials could not immediately say how many people are affected.
An evacuation center is being set up at a downtown community center. Authorities also are setting up a place for residents to evacuate their horses.
In Northern California, firefighters are battling blazes that have destroyed at least 1,500 homes and commercial buildings.
Emergency workers and staff at a state home for the severely disabled outside of Sonoma have evacuated all of about 240 patients as flames from fast-spreading wildfires approached the center and ash rained down.
Officials at the Sonoma Developmental Center, located on 900 acres, in the town of Glen Ellen said there were no known injuries during the evacuation.
Center spokesman Jorge Fernandez says “everybody is safe so far.”
Crews got all patients from threatened buildings as flames closed within a few dozen feet of the center’s buildings.
Many of the patients were confined to beds and wheelchairs and had breathing or feeding tubes.
Vans and school buses were lining up to remove the last patients as workers in masks pushed frail residents in wheelchairs across parking lots and roads.
Another wildfire has erupted in California, this time about 45 miles (72 kilometers) southeast of Los Angeles in the hill country of eastern Orange County.
The Anaheim Fire Department says the fire erupted late Monday morning and is being pushed by 25 mph winds.
An unknown number of people have been ordered to evacuate.
Much of Southern California is under red flag warnings for fire danger due to the fall’s first significant Santa Ana winds, the seasonal gusts linked to some of the region’s worst wildfires.
The Anaheim fire erupted as the tally from numerous fires in Northern California worsens.
State officials say at least 1,500 homes and commercial buildings have been destroyed, and 20,000 people have been evacuated in California wine country.
California’s fire chief says at least 1,500 homes and commercial buildings have been destroyed in wildfires that have ripped through the state’s wine country.
He says numerous people have been injured and a number of residents are also missing as 14 large fires burn.
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Director Ken Pimlott say an estimated 20,000 people have been evacuated.
He called the estimates of destroyed structures very conservative. Pimlott says the fires are burning throughout an eight-county swath of Northern California, including Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties.
Pimlott said most of the fires started at about 10 p.m. Sunday and their causes are under investigation. He said firefighters are concentrating on saving lives rather than battling the blazes.
He didn’t have an estimate on the number of people hurt and missing.
More than 200 people were hurriedly evacuated from two Santa Rosa hospitals threatened by wildfires that bloomed overnight.
Lisa Amador, a spokeswoman with Sutter Health, said around 9 a.m. that Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital had finished evacuating the last of more than 80 patients in surgical, labor and emergency care.
She says the hospital is sending staff home. Amador says the hospital and the medical office building next to it are intact, but other structures are ruined.
Jenny Mack, a spokeswoman for Kaiser Permanente, says about 130 patients were evacuated from the Santa Rosa medical center Monday morning.
She said all appointments and surgeries are cancelled for the day in Santa Rosa and Napa, and the KP medical offices in Napa are closed.
California Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency in Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties because of wildfires that the governor says are threatening thousands of homes.
Brown issued the declaration on Monday, as multiple fires forced people to evacuate their homes.
Napa County Fire Chief Barry Biermann said more than 50 structures had been destroyed, but there were no reports of injuries or deaths.
Residents describe terrifying middle-of-the-night scrambles to flee from raging wildfires.
Biermann says the fires had burned more than 68 square miles (176sq. kilometers).
Residents in Napa and Sonoma counties are describing their terrifying middle-of-the-night scramble to flee from raging wildfires.
Terri Ruttledge, who lives on Adobe Canyon in Kenwood, just made it out before the fire burned her house.
Ruttledge says she looked out her window and saw the mountain across the road on fire. When she couldn’t reach 911, she quickly loaded up the car and fled.
Mandatory evacuations were ordered after blazes broke out late Sunday.
Napa County Board of Supervisors chairwoman Belia Ramos says officials do not yet have a count on how many properties have been affected in the 20,000 acre (8,100 hectare) fire.
She says the wind gusts were tremendous and made the fire unpredictable.
Fires also burned just to the east in the Napa County wine country as well as in Yuba, Butte and Nevada counties.
Residents of Northern California wine country are describing harrowing escapes from wind-whipped wildfires.
Marian Williams says she caravanned with neighbors through flames early Monday as one of several fires reached the vineyards and ridges of the small Sonoma County town of Kenwood.
Williams says she could feel the heat as trees turned into torches.
The fires are being fanned by strong, dry and gusty winds raking the region.
Firefighters are battling several wind-whipped fires that forced evacuations of rural neighborhoods in Northern California.
The Press Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/2xt7ekR ) that mandatory evacuations were ordered after a blaze broke out late Sunday near Santa Rosa, which is 54 miles (87 kilometers) north of San Francisco.
The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office says deputies were dispatched to help firefighters and California Highway Patrol officers with evacuations.
Multiple fires broke out Sunday night as strong winds buffeted the area. Emergency lines were inundated with callers reporting smoke in the area.
Downed trees were blocking parts of one rural road and fires were burning on both sides of Highway 12 as gusts reached up to 60 mph (96.5 kph).
Cal Fire says firefighters were battling a 200-acre (80.9-hectare) fire in Napa County.
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