State of Emergency Declared in California As Fires Destroy Homes, Force Evacuations
A state of emergency was declared after at least fifteen brush fires burning in northern California forced residents to evacuate.
At least 1,500 structures have already been destroyed and thousands more are threatened, according to the AP. More than 119,000 acres have burned since Sunday. More than 20,000 people have been evacuated as well. These fires have proven to be deadly. At least 10 fatalities have been reported with that number expected to go up as 100 missing call reports have come in.
California Governor Jerry Brown issued the emergency proclamation for Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties Monday morning with Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Nevada and Orange counties being added later in the day.
Residents in Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties evacuated on October 8, local media reported.
This video shows a fire burning in the Mendocino area.
The Tubbs fire broke out between Santa Rosa and Calistoga, California, and expanded from 200 to 20,000 acres on Monday, October 9, according to reports.
This footage from Calistoga shows the blaze from a distance.
The Tubbs fire has not been contained, and it resulted in the closure of public schools and has forced residents to evacuate surrounding areas.
The National Weather Service tweeted this out early Monday morning showing the multiple fires across the North Bay.
#GOES16 satellite update: around 3 am Monday morning. Satellite continues to show multiple wild fires across the North Bay, and a new fire start has been detected just to the east of Cloverdale. Strong and gusty northeast winds will continue through at least mid morning. #cawx pic.twitter.com/jufkkU38wZ
— NWS Bay Area (@NWSBayArea) October 9, 2017
— NWS Bay Area 🌉 (@NWSBayArea) October 9, 2017
Quick stats on the fires:
- Atlas Fire – Napa County: 25,000 acre fire off of Altas Peak Rd, south of Lake Berryessa
- Cascade Fire – Yuba County: 8,200 acre fire off Maryville Road and Loma Rica Road, Loma Rica. 5% contained.
- Lobo Fire – Nevada County: 900 acre fire near Lone Lobo Trail, Rough and Ready
- McCourtney Fire – Nevada County: 150 acre fire off McCourtney Road, southwest of Grass Valley
- Nuns Fire – Sonoma County: 5,000 acre fire off Hwy 12 north of Glen Ellen
- Patrick Fire – Napa County: 3,000 acre fire off Patrick Rd west of Napa
- Potter Fire – Mendocino County: 1,500 acres off Busch Lane in Potter Valley
- Redwood Fire – Mendocino County: 19,000 acres north of Hwy 20, west of the Mendocino National Forest and south of Black Bart
- Ridge Fire – Lake County: 87 acres (now 75% contained) off Bartlett Springs Rd, community of Clearlake
- Sulphur Fire – Lake County: 2,000 acre fire off Hwy 20 and Sulphur Bank Road, Clearlake Oaks
- Tubbs Fire – Napa County: 27,000 acres fire off Hwy 128 and Bennet Lane
- Canyon 2 Fire – Orange County: 4,000 acre fire off Cherokee Road and Zonalea Lane, Oroville, CA
- Pozo Fire – San Luis Obispo County: 25 acre fire near West Pozo Road. west of Pzo, CA.
- 37 Fire – Sonoma County: 1,500 acre fire near Highway 37 and Lakeville Highway. 15% contained.
- Pocket Fire – Sonoma County: 500 acre fire nea Pocket Ranch Road and Ridge Ranch Road. Geyserville, CA.
- LaPorte Fire – Butte County: 3,50 acre fire near Avacado Road and Dunstone Road. Bangor, CA.
- Cherokee Fire – Butte County: 4,000 acre fire near Cherokee Road and Zonalea Lane. Oroville, CA.
- Honey Fire – Butte County: 25 acre fire near Honey Run Road and Merlin Lane. Southwest of Paradise, CA.
- Point Fire – Calaveras County: 130 acre fire near Highway 26 and Higdon Road. Near West Point, CA. 10% contained.
Check back for updates on this developing story.