February 19, 2018

California Wildfires Prompt Mass Evacuations In Napa Valley

10 October 2017, 12:25 | Kenneth Drake

Napa County FDA fire burns at a wrecking yard Sunday in Napa County

Brush Fire Burns 20 Acres Multiple Vehicles in Napa County Near Airport Wrecking Yard

"These fires have destroyed structures and continue to threaten thousands of homes, necessitating the evacuation of thousands of residents", the proclamation said. The fire is one of at least five brush fires burning in the region.

Pimlott said firefighters are concentrating on saving lives rather than battling the blazes.

He says numerous people have been injured and a number of residents are also missing as 14 large fires burn.

Crews rushed to the scene of a 20-acre fire at a salvage yard in Napa on Sunday afternoon.

Many area roads are also closed, including Highway 37 and Highway 12. Advisory evacuations were requested for Vichy Avenue, Hagen Road and "the avenues".

Mandatory evacuations were ordered after the blazes broke out late Sunday.

The Partrick Road fire was burning west and was expected to reach the town of Sonoma, according to Cal Fire. The buses are being used to assist with fire evacuations.

The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for the counties most at risk. Taking all the fires into account, more than 1,000 people have been evacuated, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Guests at the Silverado Resort and Spa told the San Francisco Chronicle they escaped in a rush as a fire approached the hotel grounds.

"As of right now, with these conditions, we can't get in front of this fire and do anything about the forward progress", he said. "Half the staff was gone when we arrived".

If O'Gorman hadn't been coming home from work to wake her family, "we would have been in the house trapped", she said.

"Around 3 a.m., there was a lot slamming of doors, shouting, vehicle engines revving, so, I get up and go downstairs", Jake Palmgren, a 20-year-old custom crush worker told Wine Enthusiast. Please stay away from area. I'm glad nobody got hurt. There's a fire.' And I saw the place next door torching up. She estimates that about 100 homes have been evacuated.

"My boyfriend called; he said he's going to walk down here". Traffic was backed up at multiple intersections in the Larkfield and Wikiup areas.

Napa County has opened the animal shelter at 942 Hartle Court for household pets. Anyone who can see or taste smoke should minimize outdoor activities.

A 4,500-acre blaze in Mendocino County triggered the closure of multiple roads along the 101 Freeway.

Residents are advised to limit outdoor activities and to set air conditioning and auto venting systems to re-circulate to prevent outside air from entering. There were preliminary reports of at least one structure on fire.

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