Fires roar across Napa, Sonoma, emergency declared

Dozens of houses at a mobile home park were destroyed in a 20,000-acre brush fire burning out of control in Santa Rosa.

Windsor Fire Chief Jack Piccinini said that almost every one of Sonoma County's fire resources is being used, but it is not enough.

"Everybody in Sonoma County is spread out battling these flames, however they don't have enough assets to deal with something like this", Windsor Fire Chief Jack Piccinni told the Associated Press before Monday.

San Francisco Chronicle reporter Kurtis Alexander shared footage on Twitter on Monday of both a Hilton hotel and a Kmart on fire in Santa Rosa.

"Probably many homes and businesses, in the outskirts of Santa Rosa and the city itself", she said.

He later drove to Kaiser Permanente Hospital, where he works in environmental services, and began helping the hospital evacuate patients by moving gurney beds to the ambulances and city buses that were ferrying the patients to safety.

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The city also ordered evacuations in several neighborhoods.

A 4,500-acre blaze in Mendocino County triggered the closure of multiple roads along the 101 Freeway. Bridge of Faith church, at 920 Link Lane in Santa Rosa, also opened its doors to evacuees.

According to CalFire, a 200-acre fire near Atlas Peak in the hills above Napa led to the evacuation of hundreds of homes. Windy and dry conditions were making it hard for firefighters to battle the blaze. Gusts were predicted to be in the 30 miles per hour range in the area of the fire. One of the blazes in Sonoma County was at 300 acres and has been dubbed the Nuns Fire.

Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency over the wildfires devastating Northern California's beloved wine country as photos and videos from the region on social media offer a grim picture of what residents are facing. The Marin County Sheriff's Department tweeted that they were being overwhelmed about calls due to the smoke. "I've gone out to get hold of news, which hasn't been much of a help", Palmgren said, as thick smoke surrounded his grandparents' Sonoma Valley home.

"Right now, with these conditions, we can't get ahead of this fire and do anything about the forward progress", Mr Biermann said.

A large plume of smoke from the fire drifted as far south as San Francisco and the East Bay where residents were reporting the strong smell of smoke in the air. The winds were expected to subside later.

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