‘It looks like Armageddon’: State of emergency is declared as raging wildfires torch northern California’s Wine Country burning 20,000 acres and forcing 1,500 homes to be evacuated

Monday, October 9, 2017
By Paul Martin

Fires fueled by strong winds broke out late Sunday night into Monday morning in northern California
Two hospitals and senior centers have been evacuated in Santa Rosa along with 1,500 homes
Firefighters battled 10 fires which have so far burned 20,000 acres and injured several people
A fire chief said that nearly every one of Sonoma County’s fire resources is being used, but it just isn’t enough
This year a total of 6,744 fires have burned 731,260 acres in California

KAYLA BRANTLEY
DAILYMAIL.COM
9 October 2017

overnor of California Jerry Brown has issued a state of emergency for Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties as fires rage through the Wine Country.

Wind-whipped wildfires broke out late Sunday night into early Monday morning in northern California’s Wine Country destroying buildings and forcing 1,500 homes to be evacuated and two hospitals.

Firefighters battled about 10 wildfires fueled by strong winds that have burned through more than 20,000 acres of Wine Country.

Mandatory evacuations were ordered across four counties including Sonoma and Napa County late Sunday as winds buffeted the area.

Windsor Fire Chief Jack Piccinini said that nearly every one of Sonoma County’s fire resources is being used, but it just isn’t enough.

‘Everyone in Sonoma County is spread out fighting these fires, but they don’t have enough resources to handle something like this. The only thing we can do is hope the wind will come down,’ he said.

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