Napa Wine Country Fires Burn 1,500 Homes and Buildings
Wildfires fanned by overnight winds roared out of control over large areas of California’s wine country Monday, burning at least 1,500 homes and buildings and covering the entire San Francisco bay area in smoke.
Ken Pimlott, director of California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, said 1,500 structures had burned and 20,000 people had been evacuated ahead of the fast moving flames, AP reported. Authorities reported that at least 10 people had been killed as of 8 p.m. ET.
Fires burned residential subdivisions in Santa Rosa, Calif., as well as a Hilton (HLT) hotel, a Sears (SHLD) owned K-mart store and several fast food restaurants, according to published reports.
The fires forced the evacuation of a Kaiser Permanente hospital in Santa Rosa as well. Dramatic video on Twitter showed hospital employees wheeling a bed-ridden patient away from the flames.
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Fires also struck areas around Napa, in the vicinity of the Silverado Country Club, burning homes and some winery structures.
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Authorities have said at least 35,000 acres, or more than 50 square miles, have burned. The U.S. 101 freeway in Santa Rosa was closed in both directions after fire jumped across the four-lane highway.
Mandatory evacuation orders were in place for large parts of Santa Rosa, as well as parts of Napa Valley. Roads in the area were clogged with drivers trying to flee the flames.