Evacuations, road and school closures because of multiple North Bay wildfires

Napa County fire just outside of American Canyon

As wind pushes flames through dark neighborhoods, firefighters are battling massive fires across Lake, Sonoma and Napa Counties and elsewhere. The fires have destroyed more than 1,500 homes and commercial buildings.

An estimated 20,000 people have been evacuated, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Director Ken Pimlott said. The First Baptist Church in Pioneer has opened as a shelter, according to CAL FIRE.

Mandatory evacuations are in place for several areas, including Porter Creek and the Petrified Forest. As many as 8,000 homes are threatened in Nevada County, the Associated Press reported.

The fire has crossed Highway 101 in Santa Rosa and ignited structures west of the freeway in the area of Kohl's Department Store on Hopper Avenue. And that was just the beginning.

Residents in Napa and Sonoma counties are describing their terrifying middle-of-the-night scramble to flee from raging wildfires.

"That's when we said, 'It's time to go, '" Regan said.

The National Weather Service reported strong winds in the San Francisco Bay area, giving the inferno more life as it tears through businesses and homes. The fast-moving fire forced the evacuation of area hospitals, closed schools and led officials to recall all city employees to help staff the emergency operations center.


Sonoma County: Two evacuation centers are open in the city of Sebastopol at the Sebastopol Community Cultural Center 390 Morris Street and another at the Veterans' Memorial Building at 282 South High Street.

"I couldn't live with myself if someone died or couldn't get help and I could have been there to stop it", said Alexander, who packed what he could into his vehicle, eyeing his apartment one final time amid the ash and smoke that burned his eyes and made breathing hard. Residents there were directed to the Napa County Fairgrounds.

Downed trees were blocking parts of one rural road and fires were burning on both sides of Highway 12.

Her neighbor later called her and said her house burned down. "The strong winds are making these fires hard".

"We're focusing on making evacuations and trying to keep people safe".

A 200-acre fire near Atlas Peak in the hills above Napa led to the evacuation of hundreds of homes. "And then when they came, they had only a couple of guys", he told the station. Multiple structures were also burning on Adobe Canyon Road, east of Kenwood across Highway 12.

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