Wildfires Destroy Over 1500 Buildings, 1 Dead in Wine Country, Northern California

Napa County fire just outside of American Canyon

Several fast-moving wildfires have ravaged Northern California's wine country, destroying properties and crops, triggering widespread evacuations and prompting California's governor to declare a state of emergency. One Twitter user reported that her building was evacuated after a resident pulled the fire alarm due to the smell.

It's not yet known how the fires started on Sunday night.

Wind-whipped fires have swept across Yuba, Sonoma and Butte Counties, burning through thousands of acres with little containment so far.

Additional evacuations were issued Monday morning for areas around Santa Rosa, according to the Santa Rosa Police Department.

As many as 8,000 homes are threatened, hundreds of structures have been destroyed and two hospitals in Santa Rosa were evacuated.

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.

Marin County sent 22 fire engines, five ambulances, and dozens of crew to assist the Napa and Sonoma firefighters.

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.

High winds overnight triggered the blazes to spread rapidly across the region, according to officials.

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Shelters were opened at the Calistoga Fairgrounds and a Napa church, and firefighters said their primary focus is on saving lives before fighting the flames.

There were no reports of fatalities or serious injuries.

The Nuns fire burning in Sonoma County north of Glen Ellen has torched 300 acres, according to Cal Fire.

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".

Residents in Napa and Sonoma counties are describing their terrifying middle-of-the-night scramble to flee from raging wildfires.

The Atlas Peak Fire in Napa County left more than 50 homes and structures decimated, ABC 10 columnist Dina Kupfer tweeted.

John Dean was driving to his Sonoma County home early Monday when he saw a house on fire along the road. "Winds will continue to gust between 35 and 45 miles per hour with locally stronger gusts up to 55 miles per hour in the highest mountains".

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