At about 3 AM local time, wildfires erupted in and around Santa Rosa California. They are being whipped and spread by fierce winds gusting to 50 MPH. Much of Santa Rosa has already caught fire and homes/businesses are burning to the ground! The Fire Department reports MANDATORY EVACUATION of certain areas of the city.
Wind-whipped fires burned into parts of Santa Rosa and the Sonoma Valley early Monday morning, forcing the evacuation of Fountaingrove and rural neighborhoods northeast of Santa Rosa as firefighters attacked the blazes.
Authorities were evacuating Sutter Santa Rosa hospital at 1:30 a.m. Flames had moved west down the hill and jumped Highway 101, burning multiple homes between the Sky Farm subdivision and Larkfield.
Traffic was backed up at multiple intersections in the Larkfield and Wikiup areas.
An emergency evacuation center was opened at the Finley Community Center in west Santa Rosa, located at 2060 W. College Ave. In the Sonoma Valley, Ramekins culinary school and inn was open as a shelter.
Mandatory evacuations were ordered from a wildfire reported between Calistoga and Santa Rosa, to the east of Porter Creek Road and Petrified Forest Road, the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office announced shortly after 11 p.m.
Evacuations were ordered along Porter Creek, Petrified Forest, Franz Valley and Mountain Home Ranch roads. Deputies were dispatched to help firefighters and CHP officers with evacuations.
“If you live in this area, please be alert for the danger,” the Sheriff’s Office said shortly after 11 p.m. “We are not on scene yet and haven’t been able to determine the best evacuation route.”
Many trees were down on Calistoga Road and 911 lines were inundated with callers reporting smoke. Dispatchers asked the public to refrain from calling, unless they were facing an immediate emergency.
Multiple fires broke out Sunday night as strong winds buffeted the area. In Sonoma County, fires were reported in Santa Rosa, at Mark West Springs and Riebli roads; in Windsor at Shiloh Road and Conde Lane; in Sebastopol at Highway 116 and Fredericks Road; in Kenwood, on Lawndale Road; and in Glen Ellen, on Dunbar Road.
Multiple structures were burning early Monday near downtown Kenwood, where the fire had crossed over Sonoma Creek. Fires were burning on both sides of Highway 12 in swirling winds, with gusts of 5o to 60 miles per hour. Multiple structures were also burning on Adobe Canyon Road, east of Kenwood across Highway 12.
In Napa County, firefighters were battling a 200 acre fire off Atlas Peak Rpad south of Lake Berryessa, Cal Fire reported.
Evacs in place for West 6 St, Pierce St. and Willow St due to vegetation fire with structures involved. Fire on both sides of SR creek.— SantaRosaFire (@SantaRosaFire) October 9, 2017
Due to a large wildfire, All residents north of Fountaingrove Parkway in the city limits are urged to evacuate.— SantaRosaFire (@SantaRosaFire) October 9, 2017
NEW MANDATORY EVACUATION: All residents East of Fulton Rd, between Piner and River Roads. Gather your belonging, pets & evacuate immediately— SantaRosaFire (@SantaRosaFire) October 9, 2017