Santa Rosa wildfires burn homes; force mandatory evacuations

Wind-whipped rapidly spreading fires burned into parts of Santa Rosa and Sonoma Valley Sunday night and Monday across Wine County, destroying homes, injuring several people and forcing mandatory evacuations.

Sonoma County Fire 1

Firefighters are battling several fires in Sonoma County.

It is learned that the largest of several wildfires was Atlas Peak fire which is quickly growing to 200 acres near Napa while the fire near Calistoga had burned several buildings sending many to the hospital to be treated for burns.

In Sonoma County, mandatory evacuations were ordered for residents along Porter Creek, Petrified Forest, Franz Valley and Mountain Home Ranch Rd.

The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department said early Monday that the fires had erupted at Mark West Springs and Riebli roads in Santa Rosa, at Shiloh and Conde roads in Windsor and at Highway 116 and Fredericks Road in Sebastopol.

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The flames had extended Sonoma and Napa counties. The National Weather Service had issued a red-flag warning for the Bay Area early Sunday, predicting gusty winds and dry conditions. Blasts were anticipated to be in the 30 miles per hour range in the area of the fire.

The quickly moving Atlas Peak fire was noticeable throughout Napa Valley and heavy smoke was hanging over the area. CalFire said the blast broke out on Atlas Peak Road just south of Lake Berryessa at 9:50 p.m.

Authorities said the blaze was rapidly pushing toward the Silverado Trail — a region dabbed with homes and wineries. Authorities said the Silverado Country Club — site of the current week’s PGA Tour competition — was cleared.

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Flames were additionally consuming close to the Domaine Carneros winery. Mandatory evacuations were for homes on Atlas Peak Road, including Silverado Country Club; Knights Valley to Tubbs Lane in Calistoga; Patrick Road; Monticello Road to Circle Oaks Subdivision and Soda Canyon Road.

Cal Fire Deputy Chief Scott McLean said there was no control of Atlas Peak fire at 12:30 a.m. Monday with twists blowing at 28 mph and the mugginess at only 12.

“Very unstable fire conditions,” McLean said.

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The California Highway Patrol Santa Rosa Division said in a tweet early Monday that the group of Kenwood, in unincorporated Sonoma County, additionally is being emptied.

A huge plume of smoke from the fire floated as far south of San Francisco and the East Bay where inhabitants were detailing strong smell of smoke in the air.

Napa Valley residents saw 1981 Atlas Peak fire which burned around 23,000 acres of land.


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