Massive wildfires engulf north San Francisco counties

Massive wildfires engulf north San Francisco counties

Massive wildfires engulf north San Francisco counties

Firefighters assess the scene as a house burns in the Napa region of California.

Firefighters are facing difficulties battling three fast-moving wildfires north of Napa, California, totaling at least 44,000 acres as of early Monday, officials said.

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

Several massive wildfires swept Napa and Sonoma counties in the North Bay areas of San Francisco in western coast of the United States early Monday, forcing thousands of people to flee their homes, local media reported.

Cal Fire listed updated acreages for a few of the many blazes, including Tubbs Fire in Napa County, 20,000 acres; Altas Fire in Napa County, 5,000 acres; and the Redwood Fire in Mendocino County, 4,500 acres.

Cars sit among the debris at the Journey's End mobile home park in Santa Rosa. "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.

Napa's Biermann says authorities hope to have a better grasp on the extent of the fires now that the sun is up and firefighting aircraft can survey the area.

All told, fires in Northern California have so far burned a minimum of 45,000 acres.

Fourteen large-scale fires are now burning in the region, and Cal Fire has noted that the estimates with regards to the destruction are likely conservative.

There are churches and community centers open to those families that are seeking refuge from the fire.

There was "zero containment" on two of the biggest fires, Cal Fire said in a mid-morning briefing on Monday. "Literally it's burning into the city of Santa Rosa. burning box stores", Pimlott said. "We are not prepared to start counting", she said shortly after sunrise.

Many trees were down on Calistoga Road and 911 lines were inundated with callers reporting smoke.

Business owner Andy Lahiji stood before a burned-out warehouse where he said he had lost his inventory of furniture and other property.

Napa Mayor Jill Techel says authorities had to evacuate Montecito Boulevard and Monte Vista Avenue in the city.

For long time Napa Valley residents the massive fire rekindled memories of the 1981 Atlas Peak wildfire.

"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, adding that resources from across California were to begin arriving in the area later Monday. "I feel very sad".

The National Weather Service reported strong winds in the San Francisco Bay area, giving the inferno more life as it tears through businesses and homes.

Patients at a healing center in Sonoma County must be cleared as the blasts seethed on.