Brown Declares State of Emergency After Fires Erupt in Sonoma/Napa Counties


Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency after multiple fires blazed through Sonoma, Yuba and Napa counties on Monday. The declaration authorizes the mobilization of the California National Guard.

CNN reported that the fires started to blaze at around 10:00 p.m.

The National Weather Service in San Francisco on Sunday issued a "red flag warning" for the Bay Area because of “current or impending critical fire weather conditions”. The warning cited dry and windy locations throughout the Napa Valley and the Sonoma County valleys. Wind gusts were recorded at 35 mph to more than 60 mph.

"Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly," the warning said.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the two largest fire were the Atlas Peak fire near Napa and the Tubbs fire in Sonoma County.

“The Adobe fire in Sonoma County is affecting Glen Ellen and Kenwood, the Patrick fire is hitting Napa, and the Sulfur Fire in Lake County is threatening Clearlake”, said the Napa County spokeswoman, Kristi Jourdan.

Cal Fire listed updated acreages for a few of the many blazes, including Tubbs Fire in Napa County, 20,000 acres; Altas Fire in Napa County, 5,000 acres; and the Redwood Fire in Mendocino County, 4,500 acres.

Officials also said homes were also lost in Kenwood and at a mobile home park off the 101 Freeway.

No deaths have been reported in Napa County, although numerous people are being treated at hospitals for injuries, according to the officials. Officials have not released how many people have been injured.

Forecasters claim that winds will remain strong throughout the day on Monday morning, but are expected to decrease.

The cause of the fires is still under investigation.

Residents can text their ZIP code to 888777 to receive Nixle alerts about the fires and evacuation centers.


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