Massive wildfires engulf north San Francisco counties

Northern California fires live coverage: Hundreds evacuated as blazes ravage Napa, Sonoma

Workers quickly moved patients to other nearby hospitals.

Evacuation centers open for North Bay fire victimsFires in Mendocino County have triggered highway closures. Officials said homes were also lost in the community of Kenwood and at a mobile home park off the 101 Freeway.

Pimlett said firefighters are concentrating on saving lives rather than battling the blazes.

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. Emergency lines were inundated with callers reporting smoke in the area.

Three large fires raged through different parts of Napa County as of mid-morning, destroying property, causing evacuations and prompting Gov.

Authorities in Marin and San Francisco counties made the same plea, asking residents who smell smoke not to call 911 unless they see flames. Shelters have been set up in the affected counties.

Strong northern winds spread the Cherokee Fire in Oroville from 80 to 800 acres in just two hours Sunday night, according to tweets from Cal Fire - Butte County.

According to a report in the Sacramento Bee, more than 1,500 structures have been destroyed and 20,000 people have been evacuated.

Northern California fires live coverage: Hundreds evacuated as blazes ravage Napa, Sonoma
Wildfires Destroy More Than 1500 Structures

ABC7 News extended coverage of North Bay fires One of the fires has triggered the evacuation of Kaiser Permanente in Santa Rosa, Calif. Sutter Hospital in Santa Rosa is also under evacuation orders. The winds were expected to subside at midday.

Elderly people, children and those with respiratory illnesses are particularly susceptible to the smoky conditions and should take extra precautions, air district officials said. Montecito area evacuated. Crosswalk Church is full.

"We're focusing on making evacuations and trying to keep people safe". The warning cited dry, "windy locations through the Napa Valley and northern Sonoma County valleys".

If O'Gorman hadn't been coming home from work to wake her family, "we would have been in the house trapped", she said.

"I knew that she was unable to drive right now and she was by herself", explained Larsen.

In Santa Rosa, the Fountain Grove Inn and Hotel was destroyed and another hotel, the Hilton, was in flames, the affiliate reported.

Flames were also burning near the Domaine Carneros winery.

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