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Monday, 9 October 2017

Fires force evacuations in Lake, Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino Counties

 Multiple brush fires have triggered several evacuations in the North Bay including Kaiser Permanente in Santa Rosa. (KGO-TV).
At least five brush fires burning in Napa, Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino Counties have ignited structures and forced residents to evacuate.

The Tubbs Fire in Santa Rosa has now burned 20,000 acres and is at zero containment.

The fires have forced the closure of all public schools in Santa Rosa and Calistoga today.

One of the fires has triggered the evacuation of Kaiser Permanente in Santa Rosa. Sutter Hospital in Santa Rosa is also under evacuation orders.

Fires in Mendocino County have triggered the closure of Redwood Valley and School Way from Hwy 101. Evacuations have been ordered along East Road, West Road, Tomki Road to Canyon Road in Willits, Golden Rule subdivision and Reeves Canyon.

The fire has crossed Highway 101 in Santa Rosa and ignited structures west of the freeway in the area of Kohl's Department Store on Hopper Avenue. Highway 101 has been shut down at Bicentennial.

Residents and businesses should evacuate immediately in the areas of Cross Creek Road, Sky Farm Drive, Saint Andrews Drive, all residences north Fountaingrove Parkway and Montecito Heights. The fire is believed to have begun late Sunday night near Highway 128 in Napa County and progressed towards Santa Rosa city limits.

Mandatory evacuations are in place for Partrick Rd in Napa County. They have also been ordered in the North Bay for Porter Creek, Petrified Forest, Franz Valley and Mountain Home Ranch Rd.

Windy and dry conditions were making it difficult to fight the fire. Wind was gusting in the areas up to 50 mph.

Multiple fires were burning in the Napa and Calistoga areas, forcing residents to evacuate overnight after the fires started on Sunday, October 8, 2017. (KGO-TV)

At least two large fires are burning in the Napa area.

The Marin County Sheriff's Department tweeted that they were being overwhelmed about calls due to the smoke.

Smoke from the fires spread throughout the Bay Area. One Twitter user reported that her building was evacuated after a resident pulled the fire alarm due to the smell.

The San Mateo County Sheriff's Department issued a notice to residents to expect a strong smell of smoke from the firm.

Source: abc7news

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