10 killed as firestorms ravage Northern California wine country
October 9, 2017
• Seven killed in Sonoma County alone
• Mandatory evacuations also in Butte and Yuba counties
• . Updated at 7:50 am, 9:10 am, 11:15 am, 1:25 p.m., 5:30 p.m.
At least ten people are dead from firestorms that are ravishing much of the Northern California wine country.
Seven of those killed by the smoke and flames were in Sonoma County, two in Napa County and one in Mendocino County.
Several people were still missing as of Monday evening.
Property damage is widespread. About 1,500 structures -- homes, commercial buildings and other structures -- have been destroyed.
Stags' Leap Winery, California's oldest winery dating back to 1898, has reportedly burned to the ground, as have two major wine country hotels: the Hilton Sonoma Wine Country and the Fountaingrove Inn.
Fountaingrove has seen widespread destruction and the Coffey Park subdivision in Santa Rosa has been leveled, fire officials say.
There has been evacuation of some urban areas. The wind-driven fires are expanding so fast that the governor has declared a state of emergency in Yuba, Napa and Sonom counties.
The Montecito area of Napa County was evacuated Monday morning, the Napa County Sheriff’s Office said. The affected area is south of Lake Berryessa.
In all, an estimated 20,000 people have been evacuated.
By 7 a.m., the "Tubbs" fire as it is being called, had burned more than 30,000 acres of land including multiple structures. A better estimate of property damage was not available.
In Sonoma County, Kaiser Permanete’s hospital in Santa Rosa along Sutter Hospital were evacuated Monday morning. Parts of the Calistoga area also were under evacuation orders.
About 1,500 homes, businesses and other structures have been burned to the ground.
“We don’t have enough help. The fire is so big,” Windsor Fire Chief Jack Piccinini told the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat newspaper.
With the initial responses, all local or easily available resources are being utilized. As needs increase or become apparent, the request for more resources to meet the need for manpower and equipment will mean they will have to travel at least some distance before being able to be able to provide assistance.
In Butte County, a rural area was being evacuated because of another wildfire that cropped up Sunday night and quickly consumed about 800 acres of land. By Monday morning, two separate fires in Butte County had charred 7,000 aces.
In Yuba County, there were mandatory evacuations ordered in Loma Rica and Browns Valley from yet another wildfire.
Other wind-whipped fires were reported in Mendocino and Lake counties.
The total number of people ordered to leave their homes had not been calculated by early Monday.
As of dawn Monday, firefighters were battling at least 19 wildfires from Kern County north to the Oregon border, according to the California Department of Forestry.
CVBT Correspondent Brent Gill contributed to this report.)