A score of wind-fueled wildfires broke out overnight in California's Sonoma and Napa counties, burning tens of thousands of acres, destroying 1,500 structures and causing residents to flee their homes and businesses.
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.
Windy conditions around Northern California this weekend have brought on a new wave of wildfires prompting evacuations across the region.
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. The blaze has also crossed the 101 Freeway in Santa Rosa, igniting structures west of the freeway.
Meanwhile, a fire near Calistoga had burned several buildings, sent several people to the hospital to be treated for burns and prompted mandatory evacuations along several roads.
Pimlott said firefighters are concentrating on saving lives rather than battling the blazes. "The fire has also spread to Shiloh Ridge".
The fire burning in Santa Rosa was just one of a series of wildfires burning through swaths of Sonoma, Napa, Lake and Mendocino counties, breaking out in a series starting about 10 p.m. Sunday.
Authorities in Marin and San Francisco counties made the same plea, asking residents who smell smoke not to call 911 unless they see flames. Officials had closed 33 roads as of 6:30 a.m and set up an emergency shelter capable of hosting large animals at the Yuba-Sutter fairgrounds.
The National Weather Service said winds of 35 miles per hour to 50 miles per hour had occurred Sunday night.
Fourteen fires are burning across eight counties, including Napa, Sonoma and Yuba. Cal Fire tweeted that as many as 8,000 homes were threatened in Nevada County, which lies on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada. Those impacted by the fire can also check the Cal Fire website or Nixle for further updates on evacuations. The winds were expected to subside at midday. Montecito area evacuated. Crosswalk Church is full.
"I'm probably not going to", she said.
"There power was out so we had to raise our garage door by hand", she said.
"We're focusing on making evacuations and trying to keep people safe".
Torres and his wife were at one of the Napa Valley evacuation centers.