A series of fires fanned by high winds erupted Sunday night and Monday morning in California's wine country, charring at least 20,000 acres and sending thousands of people fleeing homes, hotels and hospitals in the middle of the night.
Santa Rosa officials have evacuated a large portion of the north section of the city.
Evacuation centers open for North Bay fire victimsFires in Mendocino County have triggered highway closures. Miller, on Golf Channel's telecast on Sunday, made note of the strong winds.
However, many of those celebrations are on hold, putting the breaks on tourism to the Napa and Sonoma wine valleys.
Meanwhile, a fire near Calistoga had burned several buildings, sent several people to the hospital to be treated for burns and prompted mandatory evacuations along several roads.
In Sonoma County, authorities were also responding to multiple wind-driven fires. "I've gone out to get hold of news, which hasn't been much of a help", Palmgren said, as thick smoke surrounded his grandparents' Sonoma Valley home.
Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties due to several brush fires burning in those regions.
The city evacuated about 100 homes from Montecito Boulevard and Monte Vista Avenue areas of Alta Heights.
With downed trees or flames blocking routes, Sonoma County residents struggled to figure out what roads to take. At least 1,500 structures have been destroyed, California's fire chief said. Multiple other counties were affected as smoke pushed into neighborhoods as day broke. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) Two women hug as they watch houses burn in Santa Rosa, Calif., Monday, Oct. 9, 2017.
In neighboring Napa County, firefighters were battling the Tubbs Fire, which has burned 20,000 acres. and the Atlas Fire, which had burned 5,000 acres.
Ruttledge says she looked out her window and saw the mountain across the road on fire. A Hilton Hotel was smoldering and in ruins.
Officials said Sonoma County emergency dispatchers were being "overwhelmed by 911 calls" from residents smelling smoke, adding, "Please only call 911 if you see actual unattended flames".