1 Dead, Several Injured And Missing, At Least 1,500 Structured Destroyed In Horrifying Northern California Fire

California Wildfires

One person has been confirmed dead and at least 1,500 structures have been destroyed in fires raging in California wine country, according to a CalFire chief. Two others were seriously injured.California Wildfires

Around 20,000 people have been evacuated, the agency said. The death occurred in Mendocino County, according to the sheriff there.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Director Ken Pimlott said numerous people have been injured and a number of residents are also missing as 14 large fires burn across eight counties and 57,000 acres.

Pimlott called the estimates of destroyed structures very conservative. He said the fires are burning throughout an eight-county swath of Northern California, including Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties.

Among the burned structures were dozens of houses at a mobile home park that were destroyed in a 20,000-acre brush fire in Santa Rosa, which is one of several out-of-control fires burning in Northern California.

It has been dubbed the Tubbs Fire and is one of at least five large brush fires burning in the region, which ignited structures and forced residents to evacuate in Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties. Several smaller fires are also burning in the region.

Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties due to several brush fires burning in those regions.

The fires are believed to have begun late Sunday night near Highway 128 in Napa County and progressed toward Santa Rosa city limits.

The fires forced the closure of all public schools in Santa Rosa and Calistoga on Monday. The Tubbs Fire triggered the evacuation of Kaiser Permanente in Santa Rosa. Workers quickly moved patients to other nearby hospitals.

Another hospital in the area, Sutter Hospital, was also placed under evacuation orders.

 

A 4,500-acre blaze in Mendocino County triggered the closure of multiple roads along the 101 Freeway. The blaze has also crossed the 101 Freeway in Santa Rosa, igniting structures west of the freeway. Another fire in the county – dubbed the Potter Fire – has burned 1,500 acres.

Mandatory evacuations were in place for multiple areas in Napa County, where at least two other blazes on top of the Tubbs Fire are burning. The Atlas Fire is at 5,000 acres and the Patrick fire is at 100 acres.

 

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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