The CHP reports they have had to rescue 42 people so far because of the fires.
Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties as the blazes engulfed the region in thick, billowing smoke that drifted into San Francisco and Oakland.
Wind has been a major factor in fanning the flames, with gusts of 46-79 miles per hour causing the fires to spread.
Raging wildfires in northern California have destroyed at least 1,500 structures and forced the evacuation of 20,000 residents, officials said today. The Sonoma County Sheriff's Office said hotels were evacuated and shelters were set up.
The fires have closed 30 school districts in Sonoma County, as well as Santa Rosa Junior College and Sonoma State University. The largest was in the area of Porter Creek Road and Petrified Forest Road near Calistoga where mandatory evacuations were ordered for residents along Porter Creek, Petrified Forest, Franz Valley and Mountain Home Ranch Rd.
By 3 a.m. flames had jumped Highway 101 on the fire's westward march, as strong winds pushed ash and smoke over a wide area of the city.More news: Charges against Jay Shah malicious, hollow : BJP
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In southern California, a fast-moving wildfire in Anaheim is forcing some evacuations.
A smaller fire, the Nuns Fire, that seems to have broken out simultaneous with or shortly after that fire, along Highway 12 in Glen Ellen, quickly consumed 300 acres and has already damaged or destroyed multiple farms, businesses, vineyards, and homes in the area.
"Right now with these conditions we can't get ahead of this fire and do anything about the forward progress", Biermann said.
There will be no regularly scheduled Santa Rosa CityBus service Monday as a result of the wildfires in the North Bay, Santa Rosa fire officials said. The boss said firefighters are now concentrating their endeavors on sparing lives as opposed to attempting to stop the bursts.
As of 7:33 a.m. on October 9, the Patrick Fire in Napa County had covered 100 acres.
"I looked over and saw a house on fire", he said. Guests were evacuated. "At this point we are unable to conduct business in any capacity", Hayman stated.
The Atlas Peak Fire in Napa County left more than 50 homes and structures decimated, ABC 10 columnist Dina Kupfer tweeted.