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ALERT Multiple fires and evacuations in North SF Bay Area
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    Quote Originally Posted by Seeker View Post
    How many vineyards threatened?
    I know of one in Napa, and she has an orchard as well. She posted on FB this morning that she was safe, only had five minute to evac. She has her purse and her pets and that's it. I've seen photos on FB and on twitter and the fire in incredibly close to her place, too close.
    People are quick to confuse and despise confidence as arrogance but that is common amongst those who have never accomplished anything in their lives and who have always played it safe not willing to risk failure.

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    The area that's burning is Anaheim Hills, which is east of Anaheim. The 241 toll road connects the 91 freeway out of Corona/Riverside to South Orange County.
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    link to Calfire fire information

    http://www.fire.ca.gov/current_incidents
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    They're burning the joint up!!
    Some folks might want to double up their preps.
    This could have a noticiable price effect.
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    Cannabis harvests threatened by Sonoma County’s Tubbs Fire

    By David Downs Updated 11:32 am, Monday, October 9, 2017

    California marijuana growers north of San Francisco were facing mandatory evacuation orders as well as potentially tens of millions of dollars in crop damage and loss amid widespread wildfires in the region.

    The California Growers Association holds a regional check-in call every Monday morning, and today, six of their 18 regional leaders were under evacuation orders or helping neighbors who were.

    “We're expecting some pretty significant property damage,” said CGA executive director Hezekiah Allen. “As damage numbers emerge, it's going to be pretty stunning on all fronts, and certainly our membership has been directly impacted.”

    Erich Pearson, director of SPARC Farms in Glen Ellen south of the Tubbs Fire reported on Facebook early Monday: “We are safe but these fires in Sonoma Valley are really bad. Winds are too strong and it's too dark to fly planes. Trinity Oaks neighborhood is gone.”




    He added: “Glen Ellen is evacuated. ... They're evacuating up here too but it's a ridge away.”
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    Pearson stated he was staying with employees on the Glen Ellen property who refused to leave. SPARC’s Glen Ellen facility was preparing to harvest its annual outdoor crop Tuesday.

    Major Santa Rosa-based cannabis manufacturer CannaCraft has closed its 110-employee business today, and told employees to stay home. CannaCraft spokesperson Kial Long said employees are open to use CannaCraft's headquarters south of the Santa Rosa evacuation zone as an evacuation center.

    Long said she's received no reports from the numerous Sonoma County cultivators with whom CannaCraft works. “I know of a lot of cultivation sites in the line of this fire.”

    Regional dispensaries like Organicann reported being closed for the day, or are not answering their phones during business hours.

    Former Sebastopol mayor and former director of the Peace in Medicine dispensary in Sebastopol, Robert Jacob, reported on Facebook this morning that he feared his house was gone.

    Napa Valley wildfires

    “Well, the fire was a block away from our house when James evacuated. 0% containment and 20,000 acres burning. I'm afraid we're going to lose our house.”

    There might be more than 3,000 cannabis gardens in Sonoma County, according to county surveys.

    The timing of wildfire season could not be worse for cannabis, because the delicate, fragrant flower buds bloom in the middle of fire season.

    “Especially when it’s ripe — I can tell you from personal experience, wildfire definitely will make your cannabis have a smoky flavor to it; just like wine,” said Kristin Nevedal, executive director of the International Cannabis Farmers Association, based in the Humboldt County town of Garberville, said in a September interview.

    Fire-prone Northern California harbors the world’s largest concentration of cannabis farms in the remote forested mountainsides of Trinity, Humboldt and Mendocino counties. Further south in Sonoma County, where the current Tubbs Fire is burning, many commercial medical and soon-to-be-recreational as well as personal cannabis farms also exist, along with ancillary businesses.

    Allen said Sonoma County’s location makes it a magnet for cannabis commerce. An acre of cannabis is worth an estimated $1.7 million, some analysts say.

    “It's location right there between three counties where so much of our product comes from and its proximity to the Bay Area makes it a huge marketplace, with a lot of processing and manufacturing; just a huge industrial leader in general.”

    Beyond picking up the smell of the fires, smoke-exposed crops are more susceptible to disease, leading to unhealthy levels of mold, mildew and fungus.

    Nevedal said farmers won’t know the extent of smoke damage until after the harvest season, which runs through October.

    California is America’s number one domestic producer of cannabis growing an estimated 13 million pounds per year. Four out of five of those pounds of pot grown in-state is shipped out of state, researchers estimate. Much of that pot is grown outdoors, and is planted in the Spring and harvested in the fall.

    http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/articl...s-12263991.php
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    Anaheim would not be connected to the Sonoma or Nevada County fires. They are 500 miles apart.

    Could the Sonoma and NV County fires be connected? Definitely when you look at the proximity and the main interstate connecting the two.

    However, guys please remember this time of year is wild fire season in CA. These could be all natural fires or a few well placed matches.

    ETA top scanner locations right now are NV County Public Safety, Northern CA Major Incident, Orange County (Anaheim) Fire Authority, Mendocino Sheriff and Fire, and Sonoma County Fire.

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  6. #86
    Now some kind of explosion in Azusa, evacuations and school lockdowns...

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    Al Boe BREAKING NEWS‏ @AlBoeNEWS 9m9 minutes ago
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    #BREAKING UPDATE: Over 100 fire victims being treated at local hospitals due to California Fires
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    Al Boe BREAKING NEWS‏ @AlBoeNEWS 3m3 minutes ago
    Replying to @AlBoeNEWS

    #BREAKING VIDEO: Fire crews desperately trying to save homes during California fires

    Little vid near top. Too bad, nice neighborhood:

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    el Don News‏ @eldonnews 40s40 seconds ago
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    #BREAKING: @SantiagoCanyon is being evacuated due to #CanyonFire2. Please leave campus in an orderly manner. Stay safe!


    NewsChannel 8‏Verified account @NewsChannel8 6m6 minutes ago

    #BREAKING: Officials say at least one dead, two seriously injured in Northern California wildfires. http://wjla.com/watch
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    Quote Originally Posted by mzkitty View Post
    el Don News‏ @eldonnews 40s40 seconds ago
    Replying to @eldonnews @SantaAnaCollege

    #BREAKING: @SantiagoCanyon is being evacuated due to #CanyonFire2. Please leave campus in an orderly manner. Stay safe!


    NewsChannel 8‏Verified account @NewsChannel8 6m6 minutes ago

    #BREAKING: Officials say at least one dead, two seriously injured in Northern California wildfires. http://wjla.com/watch
    Santiago Canyon is SE of Anaheim about 20 miles
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    This is just terrible. Again, near the top at the link:


    Al Boe BREAKING NEWS‏ @AlBoeNEWS 4m4 minutes ago
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    #BREAKING VIDEO: Footage of the devastation from the #SantaRosa fire in California

    https://twitter.com/AlBoeNEWS
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    Quote Originally Posted by annieosage View Post
    Santiago Canyon is SE of Anaheim about 20 miles
    So a new fire. Wow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Baron View Post
    For people in vehicles, radio is still an important source of real time emergency information.

    In Milwaukee and Chicago I have heard major radio stations being very slow to broadcast emergency weather information when a baseball game is in progress.
    Used to work in TV, the EAS was programmed for various delays, weather watches, warnings, alerts IIRC had increasing importance. The less important could be delayed up to a programmed time before going on air, so you could avoid stepping on paid advertising that would have to be made good later. After the break, manually air the watch notice. Alerts, like tornado on the ground, went immediately, damn the spots.
    Bad weather, traffic and sales bitched, but engineering and safety ruled.
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    Santiago Canyon is the same fire as the Anaheim fire (actually Anaheim Hills). They are calling it Canyon Fire 2.
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    Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I am known." 1st Cor. 13:12

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    Al Boe BREAKING NEWS‏ @AlBoeNEWS 11m11 minutes ago
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    #BREAKING VIDEO: Good samaritans corralling horses who broke loose after being spooked by #NapaFire

    Scroll down a couple:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ractivist View Post
    This idea does not fall in the woo category. A few years back the muslims stated clearly that these fires were a simple and highly effective means of attack. I'd suggest a great percentage fall in this category. Our society is extremely vulnerable, and has been under attack by muslims for a long long time. It's easy to create a catastrophe and leave no finger prints, if that's the goal. Look around, what would it take? Woe, not sure how to spell woe, but woe as in pain is the correct word, over woo. Lots of pain for a lot of people, at great expense to the state as well, which again is us......
    I remember this threat very well - came on this thread to see if ANYONE else remembered. There WILL be more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Profit of Doom View Post
    Used to work in TV, the EAS was programmed for various delays, weather watches, warnings, alerts IIRC had increasing importance. The less important could be delayed up to a programmed time before going on air, so you could avoid stepping on paid advertising that would have to be made good later. After the break, manually air the watch notice. Alerts, like tornado on the ground, went immediately, damn the spots.
    Bad weather, traffic and sales bitched, but engineering and safety ruled.
    Thanks!
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    el Don News‏ @eldonnews 4m4 minutes ago
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    #BREAKING: Mandatory evac for Orange Park Acres, North Tustin and East Orange. Evac center at El Modena High School. #CanyonFire2
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    Al Boe BREAKING NEWS‏ @AlBoeNEWS 4m4 minutes ago
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    #BREAKING: 2nd death in CA fires was a blind elderly woman who was found in her driveway
    LIVE BLOG: http://bit.ly/2wIElS1


    TheMadScientist‏ @ThMadScientist 1m1 minute ago

    Wildfires Force Thousands to Flee 8 Counties In #California #Breaking #News
    http://youtu.be/nHv0lw5qooM?a -dahboo7

    Time: 1 minute, 44 seconds

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHv0lw5qooM

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    I have friends posting on FB that parts of Orange county are under mandatory evac orders now.
    People are quick to confuse and despise confidence as arrogance but that is common amongst those who have never accomplished anything in their lives and who have always played it safe not willing to risk failure.

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    Man driving through his burned out neighborhood in Coffee Park, Santa Rosa. Burned houses as far as you can see. They said 1500 went up in Santa Rosa area. 1:46

    https://www.facebook.com/david.steph...2503729082176/


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    At least 2 dead, many injured as apocalyptic wildfires destroy parts of North Bay -- WATCH LIVE
    Last edited by marsh; 10-09-2017 at 06:39 PM.
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    BreakingNNow‏ @BreakingNNow 3m3 minutes ago

    #BREAKING: Mandatory evacuations are ordered for Cowan Heights.

    #Canyon2Fire
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    BreakingNNow‏ @BreakingNNow 7m7 minutes ago

    #BREAKING: Here is the latest wildfire update.
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    *ack* This is so bad........




    Go-Wine.Com‏ @GoWineCom1 2m2 minutes ago

    #Breaking Napa Sonoma Wildfires Destroy Wineries, Hotels | Go-Wine https://go-wine.com/wine-article-755...hreatened.html … #napafires #sonomafires

    Napa And Sonoma Wildfires Destroy Wineries, Bars And Hotels; Many Others Threatened

    Posted: Oct 09, 2017


    Updated Monday 3:10 p.m. The Paradise Ridge Winery in Santa Rosa, home to spectacular views and world class outdoor sculpture garden, has burned to the ground, according to posts on the winery’s Facebook page.

    Updated Monday 2:10 p.m.: More wineries have burned as a result of the Wine Country fires, including Nicholson Ranch in Sonoma and Frey Vineyards, a pioneer in organic and biodynamic wines, in Mendocino County’s Redwood Valley. Other famous Wine Country businesses, including the Michelin 3-starred French Laundry restaurant, are closed due to fire related power outages. In Yountville, The Poetry Inn on the Silverado Trail in Napa’s Stag’s Leap District, owned by vintner Cliff Lede, who also owns the nearby Cliff Lede Vineyards, has been surrounded by flames. And, in Sonoma, the historic Stornetta Dairy on Highway 12 is also gone. A little bit of good news: Kunde Family Winery’s Jeff Kunde says none of the Kenwood winery buildings have caught fire.

    Dozens of early Monday morning fires erupted across Northern California’s premier wine country, spreading quickly, fueled by high wind gusts. Residents evacuated at a moment’s notice and countless homes and businesses burned, among them many well-known wineries, restaurants and hotels.

    Several wineries in Napa’s Stag’s Leap District, one of the valley’s premier cabernet sauvignon growing regions, have burned in the Atlas Fire, including Signorello Estates. NBC News showed video footage of the William Hill Estate Winery being consumed by flames. Areas under threat from the fires stretch from Northern Napa Valley, near Calistoga to Southern Napa along the Silverado Trail and Soda Canyon Road.

    In Sonoma County, the fire reportedly has destroyed Willi’s Wine Bar, The Fountaingrove Inn and the Hilton Wine Country Hotel in Santa Rosa. In Glen Ellen and Kenwood, residents have reported that Chateau St. Jean and a local lavender field are gone. Locals also report that fires are burning at Kenwood winery, while others note fire fighting efforts to try to save B.R. Cohn. The fire also appears to be close to Benziger winery.

    A blaze on a Sonoma Valley ridge threatens nearby wineries, including Scribe and Gundlach Bundschu. The nearby Moon Mountain district, where wineries and vineyards are on steep, remote hillsides, are also at risk.

    A representative at the Charles M. Schultz Museum in Santa Rosa said employees evacuated after the museum lost power and the fire closed in, but at present, the museum is safe. Wildlife preserve Safari West, which is in the Mayacamas Mountains between Napa and Sonoma, posted on Facebook, “While the situation remains dynamic and very dangerous, we have received word that the Safari West Wildlife Preserve appears to have weathered the worst of this firestorm. The situation is still very much active and could take a turn, but for the moment, it looks like our preserve and our animals are OK.”

    Meanwhile, social media posts highlighted an eerie images of flames on the ridge behind Chimney Rock Winery in Napa and flames burning in brush behind the Stag’s Leap Winery. The Atlas Peak fire forced the evacuation of Silverado Resort and Spa on Sunday night, just hours after the Safeway Open on the resort’s north golf course.

    Professional photographer George Rose documented on Facebook as flames raged through the night and daybreak, showing walls of fire on ridges and burning structures.

    While the Tubbs Fire has burned at least 35,000 acres in Sonoma and the Atlas Fire has burned up to 12,000 acres in Napa, there are no reports yet about the number of vineyard acres that may have or are burning. And direct fire isn’t the only risk; depending on the duration and intensity of the flames, smoke taint in the remaining grapes on the vines may be become an issue.

    Until the fire, the 2017 grape harvest had been progressing along, despite a week-long heat wave in early September that had vintners scrambling to get early ripening varieties picked off the vine as fruit sugar levels spiked and grapes ripened seemingly overnight. Relief came with cooler temperatures, and since then, harvest continued at a fairly normal clip, but now questions remain about the extent of damage the fires will have on Northern California’s largest wine region.

    Source: Mercurynews.com
    October 9, 2017

    https://go-wine.com/wine-article-755...hreatened.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by kittyluvr View Post
    link to Calfire fire information

    http://www.fire.ca.gov/current_incidents
    I'm in between these fires! I can see them from my house! Here we go again!

    Cherokee Fire: more info... Updated: October 09, 2017 12:07 pm
    County: Butte County
    Location: off Cherokee Road and Zonalea Lane, Oroville
    Acres Burned - Containment: 4,000 acres
    Evacuation Info: Evacuation orders issued for Red Tape Rd. West to the Sand Mine. Table Mtn Ranch east of Table Mtn Rd. Table Mountain Blvd from the Cottonwood Rd. to Hwy 70, Table Mountain Ranch & Coal Canyon & Roads off of those streets.
    Evacuation Warnings: East side of Cherokee Rd. from Red Tape Rd. to Derrick Rd. All of Coal Canyon Rd. Nelson Ave. from the bridge over the Forebay west to Wilbur Rd.

    La Porte Fire: Updated: October 09, 2017 2:58 pm
    County: Butte County
    Location: La Porte Rd and Oro Bangor Hwy, Bangor
    Acres Burned - Containment: 3,500 acres

    Cascade Fire: Updated: October 09, 2017 12:44 pm
    County: Yuba County
    Location: Cascade Way and Marysville Rd, north of Collins Lake
    Acres Burned - Containment: 7,200 acres - 5% contained

    The wind has calmed down. Lots of trees are down, all I hear are chain saws running all day long. Fire engine sirens are continuous. More wind is in the forecast - everything is bone dry.

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    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/10/09...acuations.html (videos at website)

    California wine country wildfires turn deadly, force evacuations

    Several raging wind-whipped fires forced evacuations Monday in California's famed wine country, as Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency and officials estimated at least 1,500 homes and commercial buildings were destroyed.

    California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Director Ken Pimlott said an estimated 20,000 people have been evacuated as 14 large fires burn. The fires are burning throughout an eight-county swath of Northern California, including Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties.

    At least one person has died, and two others are suffering serious burns from the wildfires north of San Francisco. Other fatalities are expected, according to Pimlott, but damaged areas are difficult to assess as the fires continue to burn.

    More than 100 people were treated for burns and smoke inhalation from the raging fires, the San Francisco Chronical reported.

    "Right now with these conditions we can't get ahead of this fire and do anything about the forward progress," Napa County Fire Chief BarryBiermann said at a news conference.

    Mandatory evacuations were ordered for multiple locations in counties north of San Francisco, KTVU reported.

    A spokesperson for Pacific Gas and Electric told the Associated Press that 114,000 customers were without power.

    The Sonoma County Sheriff's Office said there were multiple fires reported around the county, including a "very large fire" that jumped a freeway and spread into the east side of Santa Rosa.

    "It was an inferno like you've never seen before"
    - Kenwood, California resident Marian Williams

    Multiple fires broke out Sunday night as strong winds buffeted the area. Emergency lines were inundated with callers reporting smoke in the area, prompting officials to ask that the public "only use 911 if they see actual unattended flames, or are having another emergency."

    Officials in Sonoma County said all Santa Rosa City schools will be closed Monday due to the fires.

    The Tubbs Fire between Santa Rosa and Calistoga alone grew from 200 acres to 20,000 acres by Monday morning, CalFire Battalion Chief Jonathan Cox told KTVU.

    "This fire is explosive," he said, adding that hundreds, if not thousands of structures were impacted.

    Cox said he heard of some people injured while trying to evacuate, but could not be specific.

    "We're still saving lives at the moment," he said. "This fire has gotten explosive due to the wind."

    In Santa Rosa, Ron Dodds, who told KTVU he was helping his uncle evacuate said people were running red lights, and "there is chaos ensuing."

    "It's a scary time," Dodds said. "It looks like Armageddon."

    Patients from Kaiser Permanente and Sutter Health hospitals on were evacuated early Monday from Santa Rosa and taken to other nearby hospitals or make-shift hospitals, according to KTVU.

    In neighboring Napa County, officials were battling a 200 acre fire south of Lake Berryessa, located about 65 miles west of Sacramento.

    Fire officials said the Atlas Fire broke out at 9:50 p.m. local time and was zero percent contained.

    Cal Fire Deputy Chief Scott McLean called the conditions "very volatile."

    "People need to be careful," McLean said.

    Belia Ramos, chairwoman of the Napa County Board of Supervisors, said officials did not yet have a count on how many properties were affected, either by the fire directly or by evacuations.

    "We're focusing on making evacuations and trying to keep people safe. We are not prepared to start counting. Certainly with day just breaking now, we are starting to see the structures that are affected," she said shortly after sunrise.

    "The gusts are very, very — they're tremendous and it's what makes this fire unpredictable. It's something that we're having to be very cautious about," she said.

    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.

    “The winds picked up to 40-plus miles per hour probably, very windy, and it changed direction and it headed straight down the valley floor,” Napa resident and Ranch Markets owner Arik Housley told “FOX & Friends.”

    The fires were also nearly some wineries in the famed Napa Valley. It was not immediately clear if the Francis Ford Coppola Winery was affected by the ferocious blaze, but some wineries on Silverado Trail had some damage.

    Windsor Fire Chief Jack Piccinini told the Associated Press that nearly every one of Sonoma County's fire resources is being used, but it is not enough.

    "Everyone in Sonoma County is spread out fighting these fires, but they don't have enough resources to handle something like this. The only thing we can do is hope the wind will come down," he said.

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

    "It was an inferno like you've never seen before," said 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.

    Williams told the AP she could feel the heat of her fire through the car as she fled.

    "Trees were on fire like torches," she said.

    Fires also burned in Yuba, Butte and Nevada counties — all north of the state capital. Cal Fire tweeted that as many as 8,000 homes were threatened in Nevada County, which lies on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada.

    The National Weather Service issued a warning of dangerous conditions that could lead to rapidly spreading wildfires, which goes until early Tuesday. The fires created thick smoke in San Francisco, 60 miles south of the Sonoma County fire.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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    Haven't heard back from my cousin in Penn Valley (NCal, Nevada County, east of Santa Rosa); they're in the evac advisory zone.

    Figured out that friends in Novato (NCal, Marin County, Hwy 37) are not quite in fire area, but no answer to any of their landlines or cells which is unusual.

    Suggestion: if the Anaheim and N Cal fires are going to be in the same thread we should label everthing NCal or SCal for those outside of the area. I'm in OR but grew up in the SF Bay Area so I know the difference, but I think it's getting confusing for others.

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    My sister fled her home in Santa Rosa at 4:30 this morning. It is a rapid moving fire caused by high winds. Its really bad. Multiple businesses burned down on Cleveland Avenue in Santa Rosa. Applebee's, McDonalds, Trader Joes, Kmart, a Wells Fargo and many others. The Sonoma Hilton, Fountain Grove Inn and an upscale mobile home park, called Journeys End, all gone. Also gone is the historic De Turks Round Barn, built in 1891 by one of the first winery owners. He built it for his prize winning stallion. Burned to the ground....

    My sister had just been released from a hospital in Santa Rosa, yesterday afternoon. Thankfully, she was home because they've been evacuating the hospital today...

    I've seen lots of photos from friends on Facebook. Its bad, really bad........the fire moved so quickly from Calistoga and Napa, over the hill and into Santa Rosa....darn high winds!
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    from another board at 3:00PM

    Queen of the Valley hospital in Napa is trying to reach all on call physicians and nurses. Just saw a notice on the news due to the cell service being down. Landline for the Queen is 707-252-4411 ext:2911. Can everyone share on their page by copying and pasting?

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    The Red Flag warning has been up and posted in the north state news and sicial media since last Thursday.

    The extremely low humidity and gale force winds have been major factories in these fires. Arching power lines causing hundreds of spot fires being blown up extremely quickly.

    On the drive home from the coast to our place a tiny 100 by 100 foot fire at the base of a power pole blew up unto a huge fire due to the gusty winds in Blue Lake. This was at four pm on Sunday.

    Thankfully the air tankers stationed in Fortuna as well as the helicopters from Cal Fire were still iron site there.

    An emergency reverse 911 call went out and 2,000 residents were to to immediately evacuate. Including my coworker. Due to the immediate availability of the tanker, hand crews and the helicopters the fire was put out within two hours.

    The 299 was closed for the duration and mop up. The loss of fiber optic lines from down state where the fires are now has meant that Frontier, AT&T, and Verison are down as well as the 911 local system and the Highway Patrol 911 system.

    Cable and local stations have also lost capacity.

    The winds are starting to pick up again this afternoon.

    Some may spend time wet dreaming over a terror angle or consider that this fire is a perfect tribeca of wind, heavy fuel loads, high temperatures and high winds.

    The devastation is real. Over a thousand homes, hundreds of businesses, A hospital and schools burned in a matter of hours.

    Natural disasters affect folks nationwide. Be they tornadoes, quakes, fires, floods, locusts, blizzards or drought.

    May the Lord God shoe his mercy in the actions of his people as the recovery begins.

    May there be comfort given to the families of those who died last night and today. So far there are 27 confirmed dead.

    May all the emergency responders be given a mighty hedge of protection.

    As a home owner who was told that our place expendable due to the unsafe conditions for fire fighter we chose to do what we could to be more fire safe. We did not have afire storm to face. The folks down south have a fire storm and very thinly stretched resources.

    May all be kept safe. Things can be replaced but lives cannot....

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    #BREAKING: Here is the latest wildfire update.
    Who here thinks that so many fires are an act of God, The result of carelessness, or something much more sinister.
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    #BREAKING: Here is the latest wildfire update.
    I wonder if the California snowflakes think that they are under attack?

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    As Jerry Brown has declared CA a disaster/emergency, he’ll be asking for help from the Feds – correct?
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    100-year-old man, wife in wheelchair, among fire victims

    By JASON GREEN | jason.green@bayareanewsgroup.com | Bay Area News Group
    PUBLISHED: October 9, 2017 at 6:00 pm | UPDATED: October 9, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    Firestorms raging across Northern California have killed at least 10 people, including a 100-year-old man and his wheelchair-bound wife in Napa, authorities said.

    The couple was identified as Charles and Sara Rippey. Their remains were found Monday at their home on the 100 block of Westgate Drive.

    “(Sara) was wheelchair bound and (Charles) was 100 years old,” said Napa County Sheriff’s Sgt. Mark Foster. “I know they had a caretaker. She was barely able to get out in time and wasn’t able to get to them.”

    Charles Rippey Jr. zipped up body bags containing his parents’ remains. Then he surveyed the damage and gently ran his fingers through the charred remnants of the home. His wife knelt nearby and pulled pieces from the debris with the help of two sheriff’s deputies.

    Stay up to date on breaking news with our mobile app from the Apple app store or the Google Play store.
    Elsewhere, fires have killed seven people in Sonoma County and one in Mendocino County.

    Cal Fire Capt. Matt Macdonald has seen his share of devastating wildfires, but when a command went out to prioritize the lives of residents and first responders, he knew it was bad.

    “The magnitude (of these fires) felt unprecedented,” he said.

    Fourteen different fires have been burning throughout Northern California since late Sunday night, according to Cal Fire. More than 1,500 structures have been destroyed and 20,000 people evacuated.

    Check back for updates.

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    Live updates: 10 dead, up to 50 reported missing in Wine Country fires

    By Peter Fimrite, Jill Tucker, Carolyn Said, Michael Cabanatuan, and Marissa Lang Updated 7:29 pm, Monday, October 9, 2017

    Napa and Sonoma County wildfires on October 9, 2017
    Media: San Francisco Chronicle

    Latest developments in the North Bay fires:

    7 p.m. Dozens reported missing: Sonoma County has received up to 50 missing-persons reports as of Monday evening, said Jennifer Larocque, a county spokeswoman.

    5:30 p.m. Vice President Mike Pence addresses California fire crisis: During a preplanned fundraising visit to Southern California, Pence said he spoke with Gov. Jerry Brown and Orange County firefighters about the wildland and urban fires ravaging the state.

    In a tweet, the vice president thanked first responders.

    5:15 p.m. Curfew issued: Santa Rosa officials instated a mandatory curfew from 6:45 p.m. Monday until sunrise for the area of the city that was under evacuation orders. Anyone out in public overnight in the evacuated swaths of the city would be subject to arrest, Santa Rosa police warned.

    5:10 p.m. Looting reported in Sonoma County: Sheriff Rob Giordano said some looting has been reported in the county, but did not immediately provide details.

    The North Bay fires and smoke are seen from above as the California Highway Patrol surveyed the damage from its helicopter. Photo: Courtesy California Highway Patrol

    4:45 p.m. Gov. Jerry Brown asks President Trump for declaration: Brown sent the White House a letter Monday asking for a major disaster declaration, which would give the state additional federal assistance. Brown also issued new emergency proclamations for Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Nevada and Orange counties because of fires.

    4:40 p.m. Death toll rises to 10: At least 10 people have been killed in Northern California wildfires, officials said.

    Seven people were killed in Sonoma County, according to the sheriff’s office. Two deaths were reported in Napa County, where the Atlas Peak Fire is burning, according to the state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Mendocino County officials reported one death, in a fire in Redwood Valley.

    4:30 p.m. Doctors lose homes as they care for patients: Chad Krilich, the chief medical officer at Santa Rosa Memorial, said many doctors who reported for duty Monday had lost their homes just hours before.

    The hospital was providing on-site accommodations for staff and volunteers who needed a place to sleep.

    Krilich was one such doctor, who assumed his home was gone. He said he grabbed two photos — a picture of his wedding day and one of his children — five pairs of underwear and Hip Hop, the family’s aquatic turtle, before fleeing his Santa Rosa home about 2 a.m. and heading into work.

    As a flurry of ash fell outside the Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, Elizabeth and Joseph Tito took comfort in controlling what they could: the flow of ambulances, cars and panicked families in and out of the hospital’s main parking lot. Waves of patients came in with injuries related to evacuations, including car crashes and injuries from falling.

    The hospital also accepted evacuees from our neighboring medical centers, including six transfers from Kaiser in Santa Rosa, which was evacuated and shut down, and six from Sutter Medical Center.

    Among the patients transferred from Sutter were several expectant mothers in active labor and their newborns.

    The Tito family had evacuated their new home in Fountaingrove, an upscale community north of downtown Santa Rosa, about 3 a.m. Monday after seeing flames licking the tops of nearby hills. They had just moved to the area in August — an attempt to escape East Coast blizzards and “bad weather,” Elizabeth Tito said.

    “I guess we traded the blizzards for fire,” she said.

    Elizabeth and Joseph Tito, both surgeons at St. Joseph Health’s outpatient facility and Healdsburg District Hospital, respectively, said they were happy for the distraction of directing traffic.

    It kept them from spending too much time wondering whether their home was still standing.

    4 p.m. Flights canceled: All flights into and out of Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport were canceled or redirected. Napa County Airport remained open, and Pacific Gas and Electric Co. was even using it as a staging ground for some of the utility’s emergency crews.

    3:55 p.m. Schools will stay closed: The Sonoma County Office of Education said schools in nearly all the county’s 40 districts will remain closed Tuesday, with the exception of a few on the North Coast. Some schools cannot connect to the Internet to notify parents through their usual email messages.

    Mendocino College, the entire Ukiah Unified School District and all schools in Willits will be closed Tuesday as well.

    3:35 p.m. Helicopters continue to make rescues: The California Highway Patrol said three of its helicopters were continuing to rescue people trapped in fire-ravaged areas of Napa County. Many residents were unaware of evacuation orders because cell phone service and land lines were not working, the CHP said. The helicopters had airlifted 44 evacuees by mid-afternoon. In mandatory evacuation zones, the aircraft crews landed and went door to door on the ground, telling people to get out.

    3:30 p.m. Missing-persons reports: Sonoma County officials say people needing information about a missing person in the county can call the Fire and Emergency Services Department at (707) 565-3856.

    2:50 p.m. Devastation in Mendocino County: The small town of Redwood Valley in Mendocino County was the first to record a death from a series of wildfires that broke out on Sunday night.

    Redwood Valley, a town of some 2,000 people about 8 miles north of Ukiah, had one confirmed fatality as a direct result of the Redwood Fire. Authorities fear they are more people who were caught off guard and trapped in homes that were incinerated on Sunday night, said Capt. Greg Van Patten of the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office in Ukiah.

    “It looks like we will have multiple fatalities,” Van Patten said. “There were areas where there just wasn’t enough time to give an evacuation notice because the spread of the fire was so rapid. A lot of the area was overcome before we got ourselves injected into the situation.”

    2:20 p.m. Evacuation recommendations spread east: The Solano County Sheriff’s Office strongly encouraged people in the Green Valley area of Fairfield to evacuate because of the projected spread of the Atlas Fire. Officials said that if the fire picks up, a formal and mandatory evacuation order will be issued.

    3:15 p.m. Cal Fire issues update: At least 15 fires are ravaging Northern California, burning at least 73,000 acres, said Daniel Berlant, a spokesman for the state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

    Berlant said wind and visibility conditions have affected the ability of firefighting aircraft to fly into some areas. Large air tankers from other states have joined the effort, he said.

    “We have a lot of aircraft ready to go, ready to respond as soon as an incident commander requests them,” Berlant said.

    Fire investigators arrived in the North Bay and will be looking into the causes of the fires, Berlant said.

    1 p.m. Red Cross assists evacuees: The American Red Cross said its volunteers were providing meals, health services and information on lodging at evacuation centers in Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino and Lake counties.

    “Individuals and families under evacuation orders because of wildfires and in need of shelter assistance are encouraged to simply show up at one of the shelters for help,” said Jeff Baumgartner, executive director of Red Cross in the region. “We’ll be in this community providing relief for as long as there is a need.”

    12:15 p.m. More than 100 fire victims treated at hospitals: Major hospitals in Napa and Sonoma counties treated more than 100 people for injuries ranging from burns to smoke inhalation.

    Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital said it treated 60 people Monday morning for injuries suffered in the wildfires sweeping the two counties. Two of the patients were in critical condition and 58 were treated for moderate to minor injuries, officials said.

    The Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa treated about 40 patients, most for smoke inhalation. One patient was transferred to a burn center with significant burns.

    Petaluma Hospital treated an additional six patients for smoke inhalation.

    11:50 a.m. At least 14 major fires burning in Northern California: At least 1,500 homes and commercial facilities have been destroyed in 14 fires burning in eight counties in Northern California, including Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino and Yuba counties, said Chief Ken Pimlott of the California Department of of Forestry and Fire Protection.

    Combined the blazes have burned 73,000 acres.

    Pimlott said at a news conference in Sacramento that an estimated 20,000 people had been evacuated in the eight counties. He said firefighters has “limited or no containment” on the fires.

    11:46 a.m. Homes gone in Coffey Park: Matt Edgar of Santa Rosa’s Coffey Park neighborhood is one of many who lost his house to the fire. His fiance woke him up about 1:30 a.m. and he spent three hours on his lawn with a hose, trying to extinguish flying embers, before he was forced to flee. “I’m still in shock,” he said. “We’re in limbo right now.”

    11:30 a.m. Death reported in Mendocino: The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office reported a fire-related death south of Willits. Capt. Gregory Van Patten said a fire surged early Monday from Potter Valley west toward Redwood Valley as wind gusts downed power lines and trees. Evacuations were ordered, but the fire burned structures, killed one person and caused numerous injuries, he said.

    11:30 a.m. CHP has airlifted dozens of evacuees: The California Highway Patrol said that it had rescued 42 people, ranging from age 5 to age 91, by helicopter. Five dogs and a cat were also airlifted.

    “In one case a man waited for a second CHP helicopter after ensuring his wife and 5 year old child were safe,” the CHP said in a Facebook post.

    11:30 a.m. Arrest of looter in fire zone: The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office said it arrested a person who was “in the process of burglarizing” an empty home that had been evacuated for the Redwood Fire south of Willits.

    10:45 a.m. Vineyard workers airlifted overnight: At two high-elevation vineyards, California Highway Patrol helicopters had to airlift more than two dozen people — who were apparently working overnight as wine harvest laborers — as flames approached, officials said.

    About 30 people were rescued from the top of Atlas Peak sometime after the fire broke out at 9:20 p.m. Sunday, according to David Shew, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

    10:30 a.m. Arts center damaged: The Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, a performance venue in north Santa Rosa, said the center has been damaged, but the extent of the wreckage wasn’t immediately known. Staff said they were all safe and that the center would be closed Monday.

    10 a.m. Hospital details evacuation of patients: Kaiser Permanente said 130 patients were safely evacuated from the Santa Rosa medical center Monday morning. Patients were transported to Kaiser Permanente in San Rafael, other local hospitals and evacuation sites. All scheduled appointments and surgeries at Santa Rosa and Napa were canceled for the day. The hospital’s Napa medical offices at 3285 Claremont Way were closed.

    9:30 a.m. Napa County officials give first briefing: County supervisors and emergency officials said three fires were burning in Napa County: the 25,000-acre Tubbs Fire near Calistoga, which broke out at 9:20 p.m. Sunday; the Atlas Peak Fire in Napa, which has burned 25,000 acres; and the 3,000-acre Partrick Fire in the Carneros area of Napa. There is zero containment on all of the fires.

    “All three of these are a threat at this point,” said David Shew, a Cal Fire spokesman. “We don’t have control of any of them.”

    Napa Fire Chief Barry Biermann said at least 50 structures, including houses and barns, had been destroyed, but expected the number to climb. He also said Cal Fire is expected to soon provide an air attack on the fires burning not just in Napa County, but in neighboring Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake counties, where at least four other fires were burning out of control.

    Officials said at least 100 homes in Napa alone were evacuated. Sheriff’s deputies of Contra Costa and Sonoma counties went door to door, knocking on people’s homes and telling them to get out. Officials also used an emergency text message system and automated calls to residents, alerting them of the evacuation orders.

    Heavy winds helped propel the fires overnight. They died down by late morning, but were expected to pick back up by nightfall, officials said. Fire crews aim to get some level of containment on the fires before sunset Monday.

    Shew of Cal Fire, who lives in Napa, said he noticed how dangerous the wind and temperature conditions were Sunday evening prior to the fires breaking out.

    “Even at my house, I said to my wife, ‘If we get a fire tonight, it’s going to be devastating,’” Shew said. “Then it happened.”

    Biermann said the causes of the fires were not immediately known.

    9 a.m. Gov. Jerry Brown declares emergency: The California governor declared a state of emergency for Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties, citing the damage of “critical infrastructure,” the closure of major highways and destruction of homes and other buildings.

    8:50 a.m. Loud booms sound in Napa: Off Monticello Road east of Vichy Road, the air grew warm and filled with smoke as the flames on the ridge above approached. Every 5 minutes or so, a loud boom sounded, followed by a hissing noise.

    “Those are gas lines exploding,” said Michel Alfaro, president of a Rocklin engineering firm, who drove to Napa to check on his vacationing in-laws' home.

    Alfaro kept his pickup truck running so he could make a quick getaway but was also helping neighbors pack up and get out.

    “I’m helping whoever needs help,” he said. “I just can’t imagine that some people still haven’t left.”

    8:45 a.m. Resident waters down own home: Bob Ochs, the former chief probation officer for Sonoma County who lives in house in Hidden Valley area of Santa Rosa, a block from the mandatory evacuation area, said he was awakened in the predawn hours by a neighbor and began packing his belongings and watering down his house.

    “You try to do whatever you can,” he said.

    Ochs said he was staying put, for now, because of reports that traffic was at a standstill and roads were closed.

    “Some of my neighbors are anxious and ready to move out, and some are more patient,” he said. “One man is walking his dog up and down the street.”

    Ochs loaded his car with some of his most prized possessions — his baseball cards and a large photograph of pitching great Sandy Koufax throwing a no-hitter against the Giants.

    “You save the most important things,” Ochs said.

    8:39 a.m. What’s burning: The Tubbs Fire, stretching from the north side of Santa Rosa northeast to Calistoga, is the largest of several blazes burning in the North Bay, according to the state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

    The fire burned 20,000 acres overnight in the general area of Highway 128, Cal Fire said.

    Other destructive fires included the Atlas Fire off Atlas Peak road south of Lake Berryessa. It has burned 5,000 acres, Cal fire said.

    The Nuns fire along Highway 12 north of Glen Ellen in Sonoma County has burned 300 acres, and the Patrick Fire west of Napa has scorched 100 acres, Cal Fire said.

    Farther north, the Redwood Fire west of the Mendocino National Forest and south of Blacl Bart in in Mendocino County, has burned 4,500 acres.

    8:27 a.m. Ammo store in flames: The ammunition in Schmidt Guns and Ammunition started exploding as the flames reached the Santa Rosa warehouse that houses the business.

    Andy Lahiji, owner of the warehouse, said the gun shop was one of several stores that he rents out in the building across from a mobile-home park on Piner Road in north Santa Rosa. All were destroyed.

    7:57 a.m. Fire burning toward Solano County: Dave Shew, a staff chief with Cal Fire, called the Atlas Fire northeast of Napa “an incredibly fast-moving and dynamic fire” that is likely to burn into Solano County.

    “We had real severe winds last night when this started,” Shew said. “It burned very very fast. So, our No. 1 priority was life safety.”

    The fire burned to the Silverado Country Club and across Highway 128 and is now burning east of Napa toward the southeast, Shew said.

    “There are some neighborhoods that got hit pretty hard with structures lost,” he said. “I think the number will be well over 100” homes lost.

    “It’s just been a really rough night,” Shew said. “We have no idea what the cause is, but the winds are really severe. Could have been a downed power line or some other things. It’s just too early to speculate.”

    He added, “This is an ongoing situation that is not only going to last days but for weeks. This is a hugely dynamic situation.”

    5 a.m. Schools close for the day: In several cities, including Napa, Santa Rosa and Petaluma, public school leaders closed all schools Monday.

    4:30 a.m. Dispatchers overwhelmed by calls: Sonoma County officials said emergency dispatchers were being “overwhelmed by 911 calls” from residents smelling smoke, adding, “Please only call 911 if you see actual unattended flames.” Authorities in Marin and San Francisco counties made the same plea.

    3:45 a.m. Berkeley fire increases pressure on Bay Area crews: Firefighters from multiple jurisdictions were battling a blaze in the North Berkeley hills. They later declared it under control, and no homes were damaged.

    3 a.m. Fires in Marin and Mendocino counties: In Mendocino County, authorities evacuated some residents while fighting the Redwood Fire, which had burned 4,500 acres north of Highway 20 and west of Mendocino National Forest. In Marin County, officials said that a grass fire had closed part of Highway 37.

    2 a.m. Evacuees run for their lives, awaken neighbors: Just after 2 a.m., police reported the fire had jumped Highway 101 and “ignited structures” west of the freeway near Hopper Avenue. Evacuations were then ordered for that area. Residents later said they had seen homes, shops and restaurants burning, including the Kmart.

    “This is a life-threatening event,” officials said. “Leave immediately.”

    Among those who left the Hopper Avenue area were 11 members of the Flores family, who woke up and piled into two vehicles with four dogs after being jolted awake by neighbors. They said the air was thick with smoke and the wind was blowing so hard that trash bins toppled over.

    “We couldn’t really see anything,” said Bradley Flores, 15. “We just got our dogs and got into the car and left. The wind was so bad our car was shaking.”

    He spoke from the parking lot of a Chevron gas station in Petaluma. The lot was full of evacuees who were fueling up, buying water and talking on cell phones.

    Also making it to Petaluma were Lance and Barb Cottrell, who live near Santa Rosa. At about midnight, they saw fire cresting over the ridge near their home, after a neighbor rang the doorbell. They packed a couple of suitcases, grabbed some prized antiques and headed to a friend’s house to the west of Highway 101.

    “Our house is probably gone,” Lance said. “We just finished it in 2014.”

    Soon, though, flames raced so fast into their friend’s neighborhood that people ran for their lives. Lance jumped in his car, and Barb in hers, and they tried to drive away, but they they saw a house engulfed in front of them and had to make a U-turn.

    They ended up stuck in traffic before escaping down country roads west of Santa Rosa, avoiding trees that had blown down.

    In the Kenwood area, near Highway 12 east of Santa Rosa, evacuations were ordered along Porter Creek, Petrified Forest, Franz Valley and Mountain Home Ranch roads. The Nuns Fire was estimated at 300 acres by the morning.

    1 a.m. Flames tear through North Bay: All over the region, flames raced across fields and freeways and skies filled with embers and ash. The National Weather Service said the blazes, which caused power outages and blanketed much of the Bay Area in smoke, were fanned by dry northeast winds that gusted up to 50 mph in the valleys and 70 mph on mountaintops. Those winds were expected to ease later in the day.

    9:20 p.m. Sunday, First reports of a fire in Napa County: The Atlas Fire broke out near Atlas Peak Road on Sunday evening and tore through a famed wine-growing area northeast of the city of Napa and the Silverado Trail.

    Guests of the Silverado Resort and Spa on Atlas Peak Road said they escaped in a rush as flames approached. The resort had hosted the Safeway Open, a PGA Tour event, which ended Sunday.

    “We were sleeping, but we kept smelling smoke,” said Chris Thomas, 42, of Kirkland, Wash., who arrived in the Napa Valley late Sunday with his wife, Marissa Schneider, for a wine-tasting trip.

    They saw a firetruck pass, then were ordered to leave by loudspeaker. The power went out. Then things went downhill quickly.

    “It was surreal,” Thomas said. “When I started loading stuff into the car it was a hell-storm of smoke and ash. There were 30 to 40 mph winds. I couldn’t even breathe, so I ran back to the unit to get Marissa. It was so smoky I went to the wrong unit. When I found her I said, ‘Forget it, let’s just go.’ It went from being an annoying evacuation to something really scary.”

    Schneider said, “Debris was gusting around. The flames were about 100 feet from our door. It was scary.” They drove to downtown Napa and found a hotel room, though they were wary of being evacuated again.

    Chronicle staff writers Kimberly Veklerov, Hamed Aleaziz and Melody Gutierrez contributed to this report.

    Peter Fimrite, Jill Tucker and Michael Cabanatuan are San Francisco Chronicle staff writers. Email: pfimrite@sfchronicle.com, jtucker@sfchronicle.com and mcabanatuan@sfchronicle.com

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    So Jerry Brown just flips President Trump the finger by declaring the State of California to be a Sanctuary State and now wants President Trump to declare a disaster and send assistance. I am sure President Trump will but Jerry Brown along with his group of supporters are pure shit on an evil wheel. I thought they were leaving the Union?

    This is very sad for all who are effected by this disaster but the Polyticks make me want to puke. I would like to have President Trump tell Brown to cooperate with making America safe and turn over the voter rolls for LA before I sign the order. He isn't going to piss them off anymore then they already are.
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    My daughter is 1 mile from the Redwood Valley fire and have been on alert to evacuate. They're going to Ft. Bragg to a friends house (which is a vacation home). She sent us pics from her house as to how close the fire was. They have friends in Redwood Valley (12 homes) lost, but a total of 100 homes in Redwood Valley gone. Schools closed. Santa Rosa and Napa devastated. Calistoga took a beating. Many small winery towns are gone. The Silverado Trail with million dollar homes are gone along with wineries. Just too sad...

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    Thousands evacuate as California wildfires kill 10

    TUESDAY OCTOBER 10 2017

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    More than a dozen fast-moving wildfires tearing through through California's wine country have killed at least 10 people, destroying hundreds of homes, authorities said Monday.

    Fanned by winds of over 80 kilometers an hour, the blazes have forced more than 20,000 people to evacuate in the country's heaviest populated state since they began Sunday night.

    California's fire service said about 30,000 hectares have been ravaged by the major infernos.

    "The Sheriff's Office confirms seven fire-related deaths from the Sonoma Co. fires. Our condolences to their friends and families," tweeted the sheriff of Sonoma County in the state's north. The previous toll had stood at three.

    INTENSE FIRES

    At least 1,500 buildings were destroyed as the state declared an emergency in three counties ravaged by intense fires, mostly in its famous wine-producing regions.

    Fourteen major fires are burning in total. Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties are covered by Governor Jerry Brown's order. The counties are north of San Francisco Bay.

    An AFP correspondent in the Santa Rosa area witnessed multiple explosions from gas lines or gas tanks, in addition to charred out homes and a winery. Fire trucks were out in force in that area, he said.

    About 410 firefighters are working on blazes in Mendocino, a sheriff's spokesman in that county told the CBS news network, adding that multiple fatalities were expected.

    SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE

    Another fire in Anaheim has surged to char 800 hectares and at least 200 fire fighters scrambled to try to contain it. Dozens of shelters were opened in schools and churches. Even livestock had shelter areas set up on some fair grounds.

    "We're going to have to start over completely," Dreama Goldberg, who fled her home — now a heap of ashes — at eight months pregnant, told NBC.

    Jesus Torres told CBS he barely had time to grab a few things and run from his home.

    "We could see the sky was getting red: we did not know it was fire until the last second because there was just smoke everywhere," he said.

    The Hilton Hotel in Santa Rosa said on Facebook that its staff and guests were evacuated safely.

    "The wildfires in Santa Rosa, California and the surrounding areas have forced the evacuation and temporary closure of Hilton Sonoma Wine Country," it said on Facebook.

    "All guests and associates of the Hotel have been safely evacuated and are not able to return until further notice. It is anticipated that the Hotel has sustained significant damage."

    Pacific Gas & Electric said more than 196,000 customers had initially lost electricity although half had had their power restored.

    "As of 3.00 pm local time, we have about 99,000 customers out of power throughout our service area, with the majority of them in Sonoma and Napa counties," it said.

    'EVERYTHING GONE'

    Coffey Park, a sprawling Santa Rosa neighbourhood with dozens of homes, was also charred in the strong winds and low humidity fire experts said were more like fires in southern California.

    Cheri Sharp told Oregon-based TV news channel KOBI her home of 26 years in Santa Rosa was among those destroyed.

    "All our pictures are gone. Everything, everything is gone. We've got a fire pit. It's pretty awful," she said.

    "But we're all healthy and safe, and we have to try and be grateful for that. But it's pretty awful."

    Marian Williams of Kenwood, in Sonoma County, told NBC Bay Area she joined a convoy of neighbours driving through the flames before dawn as one of the fires reached the area's vineyards.

    "It was an inferno like you've never seen before," Williams told the station.

    Governor Brown in April declared the official end of the state's drought that lasted more than five years.

    But the state is still dealing with the Santa Ana winds, a meteorological phenomenon which brings dry winds down from the high mountains east of the coastal areas — a recipe for perfect wildfire conditions.

    Forest fires are common in the western United States during dry, hot summer months.

    Last month, a massive fire described as the biggest in the history of Los Angeles forced hundreds to evacuate their homes.

    Early Monday, the fires could be smelled in San Francisco, about 60 kilometers from the closest.

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