Images show how wildfires are ravaging Northern California's wine country

Images show how wildfires are ravaging Northern California's wine country

The rapidly moving Atlas Peak fire was visible throughout Napa Valley and heavy smoke was draping over the region.

Wildfires swept through California's wine country on Monday, forcing some 20,000 residents to flee, destroying hundreds of homes and businesses and prompting at least two hospitals to evacuate, state officials said.

After evacuating the house, which sits at the dead end of a one-lane road in rural Napa County, she and her family watched from a distance as a propane tank exploded and their home's roof caught fire. With so many fires, residents of Sonoma County struggled to figure out what roads to take, finding downed trees or flames blocking some routes.

Wind-whipped fires burned into parts of Santa Rosa and the Sonoma Valley early Monday morning, destroying multiple homes in neighborhoods to the north and southeast of Santa Rosa.

ABC7 News extended coverage of North Bay fires One of the fires has triggered the evacuation of Kaiser Permanente in Santa Rosa, Calif. Sutter Hospital in Santa Rosa is also under evacuation orders. Three evacuation centers have been set up.

Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency in Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties because of wildfires that the governor says are threatening thousands of homes.

"If you live in this area, please be alert for the danger", the Sheriff's Office said shortly after 11 p.m. The fires have forced also forced the closure of all public schools in Santa Rosa and Calistoga today.

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Here's a look at what's being referred to as the Tubbs Fire in Santa Rosa. Mandatory evacuations are in effect in several areas and almost 20 shelters have opened from Cloverdale to Petaluma and from Guerneville to Sonoma. Wind was gusting in the areas up to 50 miles per hour.

"The winds have just been outrageous here tonight, and essentially we are in a mode of saving people's lives and getting people out of harm's way at the moment", Cal Fire Battalion Chief Jonathan Cox said. A call for mutual aid was issued to other Bay Area fire departments.

"Very, very volatile fire conditions", McLean said.

DeLanoy said as she left, she encountered an emergency vehicle that transported her to Silverado Resort and Spa, which was also being evacuated. In Calistoga, an evacuation center was opened at the Calistoga Fairgrounds.

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.

Smoke from the multiple fires may create a health hazard, Napa County warned.

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