California Wildfires Force Evacuations in Napa, Sonoma

Trees burn behind houses in a residential area in Santa Rosa, CA. // Photo by AP Photo/Jeff Chiu via Newscred

Wildfires in California have forced hundreds to evacuate from the Napa and Sonoma areas, and are even bringing smoke into the San Francisco Bay area as of Monday morning.

The LA Times reports that there were three major active fires in Napa County as of 5:45 a.m., as well as a number of smaller fires. One is in Calistoga; another in the Atlas Peak area near Silverado Country Club; and a third is in the Carneros area. No deaths have yet been reported, though some people have been taken to local hospitals to be treated for injuries. The fires have also burned several structures, although there is no clear estimate on the extent of the damage as of yet.

Were essentially waiting for daylight to assess the situation, Napa County spokesperson Molly Rattigan told the LA Times. But we have not talked containment so we are still in the very early stages.

According to NBC Bay Area, evacuation orders in place for Sonoma County include an area west of Highway 101 to downtown Forestville; Cloverdale KOA, Palomino Road, Vanoni Road to Gill Creek Road, Arnold Drive to the State Hospital and west of Jack London State Park. In Napa County, evacuation orders include the Wooden Valley area, Montecito area, Old Sonoma Road to Buhman Avenue, Dealy Lane, Henry Road, Coombsville Road and Wild Horse Valley Road.

According to the Mercury News, strong winds are bringing smoke into the San Francisco Bay area, prompting San Mateo County to issue an alert warning residents to expect a strong smell of smoke.

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