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California governor declares state of emergency in 3 fire-scarred counties

10 October 2017
California governor declares state of emergency in 3 fire-scarred counties

At least 1,500 structures have been destroyed in wildfires that have burned tens of thousands of acres, the Associated Press said. No injuries or deaths have been reported so far.

"Trees were on fire like torches", she said. Jerry Brown on Monday declared a state of emergency in Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties.

"The fire is not contained - no area has been determined clear and safe at this point", city officials said.

Several wildfires in northern California have prompted mass evacuations in the Napa Valley, fire officials say.

"Don't try to stay and sit it out, it's important to try to help each other and evacuate", Bertelli said.

Fires also burned just to the east in the Napa County wine country as well as in Yuba, Butte and Nevada counties. Another hospital in the area, Sutter Hospital, was also placed under evacuation orders. "The fire has also spread to Shiloh Ridge".

In southern California, a fast-moving wildfire in Anaheim is forcing some evacuations.

Two women hug as they watch houses burn in Santa Rosa, Calif., Monday, Oct. 9, 2017. "However, precipitation will stay north and there can still be locally gusty winds", he said. Much of a mobile home park behind the Kaiser facility burned, CNN affiliate KPIX said. He said firefighters are concentrating on saving lives rather than battling the blazes.

The fire was reported at about 3 a.m. and closed Highway 37 in both directions, according to the CHP. Residents and businesses should evacuate immediately in the areas of Cross Creek Road, Sky Farm Drive, Saint Andrews Drive, all residences north Fountaingrove Parkway and Montecito Heights.

"People were running red lights, there is chaos ensuing", Santa Rosa resident Ron Dodds told KTVU.

"Around 3 a.m., there was a lot slamming of doors, shouting, auto engines revving, so, I get up and go downstairs", Jake Palmgren, a 20-year-old custom crush worker told Wine Enthusiast. The fire is believed to have begun late Sunday night near Highway 128 in Napa County and progressed towards Santa Rosa city limits.

Marin County sent 22 fire engines, five ambulances, and dozens of crew to assist the Napa and Sonoma firefighters.

What caused the fires is still under investigation.

After evacuating the house, which sits at the dead end of a one-lane road in rural Napa County, she and her family watched from a distance as a propane tank exploded and their home's roof caught fire.