Firefighters battle raging fires in Napa, Calistoga

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However, many of those celebrations are on hold, putting the breaks on tourism to the Napa and Sonoma wine valleys.

Alyssa O'Gorman and her family fled their home in the nick of time, dodging the wind-driven wildfires roaring across northern California early Monday.

Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday issued an emergency proclamation for Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties after wildfires damaged infrastructure, threatened homes and spurred evacuations.

Cal Fire said the Atlas Fire, south of Napa County's Lake Berryessa, had spread across 25,000 acres. Brown said the fires threaten infrastructure, people and their homes. The fires forced the closure of all public schools in Santa Rosa and Calistoga on Monday.

Ann Dubay, a spokeswoman for the Sonoma County Emergency Operations Center, said the area where the largest fire started was relatively rural but the flames "went through many, many neighborhoods", and authorities did not know how many structures were gone.

Officials said Napa Country's Silverado Resort and Spa, which hosted a prominent golf event that ended Sunday, also was evacuated after it lost electrical power. Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Santa Rosa evacuated patients. The morning commute on southbound Highway 101 was slower than normal as additional cars evacuating the fire were on the roadway.


The fire could also be seen from Highway 29.

In recent memory, there hasn't been anything like the wildfires now burning in these relatively densely populated areas of the North Bay, and several cities and towns are likely to be assessing damages for weeks to come, and rebuilding for years to come, including Santa Rosa and Glen Ellen.

Napa County Fire Chief Barry Biermann said low humidity and a lack of resources have driven the fire. The Anaheim Fire Department said the burst was being pushed by 25 miles per hour winds. He said it took firetrucks ages to arrive Monday morning. KPIX reported flames near the Domaine Carneros winery. "I mean blazing, falling down on fire".

Officials said strong, dry winds were fanning the flames and asked residents in mandatory evacuation zones to leave immediately for the four local shelters, according to reports by NBC Bay Area.

Tens of thousands of people are fleeing Napa and Sonoma County wildfires Monday, Oct. 9.

San Francisco authorities issued an air quality alert due to smoke from the blazes, warning residents to close windows, limit outdoor activities and keep pets inside.

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