Dozens of wildfires erupted across California wine country on Monday, killing at least 10 people and destroying hundreds of homes and other structures. Thousands of residents across the northern portion of the state have been forced to flee, leaving behind their homes, and residences. Tens of thousands of others in northern California remain without power state officials said.
A state of emergency was declared by Gov. Jerry Brown across eight counties in California, including Napa and Sonoma counties, which are located within the heart of wine country.
A curfew has been imposed on Santa Rosa residents, starting at 6:45 p.m. Monday until sunrise. The curfews are for areas of the city that are under evacuation orders. Anyone that is found in public overnight in the evacuated parts of the city would be subject to arrest according to Santa Rosa police.
The Sonoma County Sheriff's Office confirmed that at least seven people had been killed because of fire-related incidents. Two people had been killed in Napa County, and another person died in Mendocino County. The deaths were likely the result of the rapidly spreading fires and officials say they're still trying to get a handle on the full extent of damages and casualties.
With more than 25 fires burning across the northern half of California, at least 73,000 acres have burned at what Cal Fire Director Ken Pimlott says is the worst possible time.
Nothern California wasn't the only part of the state on fire. A fast-moving wildfire near Anaheim erupted early Monday morning and spread across at least 2,600 acres in less than fire hours thanks to blustery wind conditions.
At least six homes have been destroyed, with thousands more under a mandatory evacutation. The #CanyonFire2, is the second blaze to have started in the area, with winds whipping up at about 25 mph, pushing the sequel west toward fresh fuel. One firefighter has been hospitalized for smoke inhalation.
More than 500 firefighters were battling the blaze as of late afternoon.