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California wildfires destroy more than 50 structures

10 October 2017

PHOTOS: Fires force evacuations in Napa, Calistoga areas At least two large fires are burning in the Napa area. Traffic was backed up at multiple intersections and many people had abandoned their cars in the streets to flee the flames, the Press Democrat reported.

Due to significant smoke in the area, officials advised residents to stay indoors at evacuation centers.

Elderly people, children and those with respiratory illnesses are particularly susceptible to the smoky conditions and should take extra precautions, air district officials said.

An obligatory clearing was requested Monday morning in Sonoma County, too other influenced provinces. There were a few hurricane-force gusts of more than 74 miles per hour. "My Dad comes in from outside and he tells me that our neighbor rang our doorbell saying that there's a fire in Kenwood and its moving toward Glen Ellen, coming to Sonoma, and so we woke up and woke up our whole family and started getting things together, and then we moved to downtown Sonoma".

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"Warm temperatures, low humidity and locally strong winds will coincide with critically dry fuels", forecasters warned.

Santa Barbara-based Direct Relief (DRI) has offered emergency assistance to California's Office of Emergency Services, the Napa County Public Health Department, and more than 40 health centers and clinics in the affected region. "However, precipitation will stay north and there can still be locally gusty winds", he said. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency Monday afternoon, as wildfires in the state's wine country exploded into some of its worst in history. News footage showed Kaiser Permanente Hospital patients wheeled out on stretchers. Evacuations have been ordered along East Road, West Road, Tomki Road to Canyon Road in Willits, Golden Rule subdivision and Reeves Canyon. An evacuation shelter is open at the First Baptist Church on Ridge Road in Grass Valley and a veterinary disaster team is stationed at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Mandatory evacuations are in place for Partrick Rd in Napa County.

As wind pushes flames through dark neighborhoods, firefighters are battling massive fires across Lake, Sonoma and Napa Counties and elsewhere.

Cal Fire listed updated acreages for a few of the many blazes, including Tubbs Fire in Napa County, 20,000 acres; Altas Fire in Napa County, 5,000 acres; and the Redwood Fire in Mendocino County, 4,500 acres. A small animals shleter is open at Old County Hospital, 2279 Del Oro and Mono, Suite E in Oroville, and a shleter for large animals is located at Camelot Equestrian Park, 1985 Clark Road.

California wildfires destroy more than 50 structures