Direct Relief offers fire-related emergency items to NorCal

Direct Relief offers fire-related emergency items to NorCal

Several wind-driven fires are burning out of control in the region, and California governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency for Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties.

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

Fire burning in the hills above the Napa Valley.

Napa County could have as many as 10 separate blazes but the focus is on three that have life safety issues, said Belia Ramos, chair of the Napa County Board of Supervisors. The county is working to set up shelters at fairgrounds to house animals.

Highway 37 has reopened in both directions between Novato and Vallejo after being closed early Monday morning because of a vegetation fire, California Highway Patrol officials said. Traffic was backed up at multiple intersections and many people had abandoned their cars in the streets to flee the flames, the Press Democrat reported. Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital was also safely evacuated.

"They said, 'We have so many other places to go, you have to wait.' And then when they came, they had only a couple of guys", he told the station.

Updates will continue to arrive slowly in the multiple fires that broke out overnight in Sonoma, Napa, and Mendocino counties, but as morning arrived, we know that the largest of the fires, the still growing Tubbs Fire which spans northern Santa Rosa and appears to have crossed the Sonoma-Napa county line into Calistoga grew from 20,000 acres at 7:30 Monday morning to 25,000 acres as of 11:30 a.m. The boss said firefighters are now concentrating their endeavors on sparing lives as opposed to attempting to stop the bursts. There are more than eight counties now dealing with blazes. There were also fires in Lake and Mendecino counties. News footage showed Kaiser Permanente Hospital patients wheeled out on stretchers.

Ruttledge says she looked out her window and saw the mountain across the road on fire.

Fourteen wildfires in eight northern California counties had burned more than 57,000 acres in the last 12 hours, said California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire) spokesman Daniel Berlant.

Meanwhile, as she takes refuge with a relative in Santa Rosa, O'Gorman can't stop thinking about about the valuables and keepsakes left behind in her home, which she now believes is gone. I'm glad nobody got hurt.

The city of Santa Rosa, a popular hub for wine enthusiasts, is facing some of the worst damage from the fires. "Not until I can see my house".


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