Live Updates: 23 Dead In Wine Country Fires; Parts Of City Of Napa Warned

Wine Country Fires

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Latest developments in the North Bay fires, up to 4:40 p.m. Tuesday. Click here for new updates:

4:50 p.m.: More evacuations near Santa Rosa: Officials are evacuating an area called Pacific Heights just north of Santa Rosa. The latest evacuations are near where people were ordered to leave a short time ago near Shiloh Ranch Regional Park.

4:35 p.m. College closed: Sonoma State University has suspended classes for Wednesday because of the fires in the area. The school was closed both Monday and Tuesday.

4:30 p.m. Inmates fighting off blazes: More than 500 inmate firefighters are battling the wildfires in Northern California, officials said Tuesday. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation reports that another 300 inmate firefighters are hitting the blazes in Southern California on Tuesday.

4:20 p.m.: Fires near Santa Rosa: A fire is burning south of Shiloh Ranch Regional Park just north of Santa Rosa, Sonoma County sheriff’s officials say. People in the area of Faught and Montebello roads are being evacuated. Separately, evacuations also are under way near the Bennett Valley Golf Course southeast of Santa Rosa.

Authorities issued a mandatory evacuation order late on Monday, October 9, 2017. The order affects parts of the Green Valley area west of Green Valley Road near Fairfield, California. Photo: Solano County Sherrif Photo: Solano County Sherrif

Authorities issued a mandatory evacuation order late on Monday, October 9, 2017. The order affects parts of the Green Valley area west of Green Valley Road near Fairfield, California.

Authorities issued a mandatory evacuation order late on Monday,...

4:03 p.m. Wildfires labeled ‘worst fire disaster in California history’

: Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Napa, surveyed Northern California’s decimated fire region on Monday. He said at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds Tuesday, “It’s devastating. I fully expect this will be the worst fire disaster in California history.”

3:52 p.m. First responders in Napa, Sonoma counties lose homes in wildfires: Mill Valley Fire Chief Tom Welch lost his home while working the wildfires, city officials said. In Sonoma County, at least 20 sheriff’s office employees lost their homes as well, authorities said.

3:30 p.m. School closures in Napa, Sonoma counties: All schools in the Napa Valley Unified School District will be closed Wednesday and Thursday, according to city officials. All schools in Sonoma Valley Unified School District will be closed for the rest of the week, district officials said. Classes at Sonoma State University have been suspended for Wednesday, while Santa Rosa Junior College will be closed through Sunday.

2:51 p.m. More than 180 people missing in Sonoma County: Fifty-seven out of 240 people reported missing in Sonoma County have been found, said Sonoma County Sheriff Rob Giordano. Downed cell phone towers and more than 25 evacuation centers contributed to difficulties in finding loved ones, he said. Many people have been reported missing from nursing homes. A team of police officers will begin the mission to excavate bodies possibly buried in the charred rubble Tuesday evening, Giordano said.

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2:30 p.m. Pelosi calls on Congress to provide aid: Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, called the Trump administration’s major disaster declaration for the California fires an “appreciated first step” but said Tuesday afternoon that more was needed. “Speaker (Paul) Ryan and Republicans must work with Democrats to update federal relief estimates and adjust the supplemental disaster package so that we can make available all necessary resources for those devastated by these wildfires,” she said in a statement.

2:28 p.m. Nuns Fire racing toward Oakmont in Santa Rosa: The Santa Rosa Police Department sent out an urgent tweet warning Tuesday afternoon of a fast-moving wildfire encroaching on the Oakmont senior living community on three sides. The Police Department tweeted, “#NunsFire is rapidly approaching Oakmont. Oakmont is still under mandatory evacuation - all residents must leave now!” Oakmont has been under mandatory evacuation since Monday.

2 p.m. Sonoma Raceway opens to evacuees: The Sonoma Raceway is welcoming wildfire evacuees to its 50-acre campground, officials announced. The campground, across from the raceway on Highway 121, will have basic services for recreational vehicles, including water and sewage. For more information contact the Sonoma Raceway at (800) 870-7223 or email sonomaraceway@sonomaraceway.com.

1:15 p.m. Sonoma County warns of criminal action against price gougers and looters: People are being asked to call 911 to report suspected looting. Any vendor offering products and services with more than a 10 percent markup is breaking the law and should be reported to the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office.

“Please be advised that any looters who are apprehended will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” District Attorney Jill Ravitch said in a statement.

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Image 1 of 65 The remains of the Journey's End mobile home park are seen from the air in Santa Rosa, Calif. on Tuesday, October 10, 2017. The remains of the Journey's End mobile home park are seen from the air in Santa Rosa, Calif. on Tuesday, October 10, 2017. Photo: Elijah Nouvelage, Special To The Chronicle Image 2 of 65 Image 3 of 65 Buy photo A water tanker truck to support fire crews overturned, killing the driver on Oakville Grade near Highway 29 on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 in Oakville, CA. A water tanker truck to support fire crews overturned, killing the driver on Oakville Grade near Highway 29 on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 in Oakville, CA. Photo: Paul Kuroda, Special To The Chronicle Buy this photo Image 4 of 65 Buy photo Fire along the ridge in Oakville being doused by helicopters on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 in Oakville, CA. Fire along the ridge in Oakville being doused by helicopters on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 in Oakville, CA. Photo: Paul Kuroda, Special To The Chronicle Buy this photo Image 5 of 65 A large plume of smoke rises above the mountains between Napa and Sonoma, Calif., on Sunday, October 15, 2017. A large plume of smoke rises above the mountains between Napa and Sonoma, Calif., on Sunday, October 15, 2017. Photo: Scott Strazzante, The Chronicle Image 6 of 65 Buy photo Scott family members Melody (left), Jenna, 9, Olivia, 3, being held by Kaylee, 12, and Daniel, 9, at New Hope Baptist service at the DoubleTree hotel in Rohnert Park. Scott family members Melody (left), Jenna, 9, Olivia, 3, being held by Kaylee, 12, and Daniel, 9, at New Hope Baptist service at the DoubleTree hotel in Rohnert Park. Photo: Gabrielle Lurie / Gabrielle Lurie / The Chronicle Buy this photo Image 7 of 65 Brittany Perry hands out a free ash sifter to a fire victim at Pacific Coast Custom Interiors in Santa Rosa, Calif., on Sunday, October 15, 2017. Brittany Perry hands out a free ash sifter to a fire victim at Pacific Coast Custom Interiors in Santa Rosa, Calif., on Sunday, October 15, 2017. Photo: Scott Strazzante, The Chronicle Image 8 of 65 From atop his truck parked along Highway 29, Marcos Barrera of Napa watches fires burn west of St. Helena, Calif., on Sunday, October 15, 2017. From atop his truck parked along Highway 29, Marcos Barrera of Napa watches fires burn west of St. Helena, Calif., on Sunday, October 15, 2017. Photo: Scott Strazzante, The Chronicle Image 9 of 65 After the mandatory fire evacuation order was lifted, 10-year-old twins Porter and Katie Lynch pause while riding their bikes on Cedar Street in Calistoga, Calif., on Sunday, October 15, 2017. After the mandatory fire evacuation order was lifted, 10-year-old twins Porter and Katie Lynch pause while riding their bikes on Cedar Street in Calistoga, Calif., on Sunday, October 15, 2017. Photo: Scott Strazzante, The Chronicle Image 10 of 65

Caroll Niel leans on her husband, firefighter Tony Niel, in the motorhome where they are staying following the Tubbs fire on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, in Forestville, Calif.

Caroll Niel leans on her husband, firefighter Tony Niel, in the motorhome where they are staying following the Tubbs fire on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, in Forestville, Calif.

Photo: Noah Berger / Special To The Chronicle Image 11 of 65 Santa Rosa firefighter Tony Niel passes a portion of fence standing at his Mark West Estates home, which burned during the Tubbs fire, on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, in Santa Rosa. Santa Rosa firefighter Tony Niel passes a portion of fence standing at his Mark West Estates home, which burned during the Tubbs fire, on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, in Santa Rosa. Photo: Noah Berger / Special To The Chronicle Image 12 of 65

Santa Rosa Assistant Fire Marshal Paul Lowenthal walks through his Oxford Ct. residence, which burned during the Tubbs fire, on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, in Santa Rosa.

Santa Rosa Assistant Fire Marshal Paul Lowenthal walks through his Oxford Ct. residence, which burned during the Tubbs fire, on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, in Santa Rosa.

Photo: Noah Berger / Special To The Chronicle Image 13 of 65 Photo: The Chronicle Image 14 of 65 Buy photo Statue at the Mondavi Winery and a groundsman mows lawn as fires burn on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 in Oakville, CA. Statue at the Mondavi Winery and a groundsman mows lawn as fires burn on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 in Oakville, CA. Photo: Paul Kuroda, Special To The Chronicle Buy this photo Image 15 of 65 Josiah Gist (right) joins fellow Santa Cruz firefighters in using pool water in firefighting efforts at a large home that burned in The Ranch subdivision in Sonoma, Calif., on Saturday, October 14, 2017. Josiah Gist (right) joins fellow Santa Cruz firefighters in using pool water in firefighting efforts at a large home that burned in The Ranch subdivision in Sonoma, Calif., on Saturday, October 14, 2017. Photo: Scott Strazzante, The Chronicle Image 16 of 65 A firefighter walks through what remains of a large home that burned in The Ranch subdivision in Sonoma, Calif., on Saturday, October 14, 2017. A firefighter walks through what remains of a large home that burned in The Ranch subdivision in Sonoma, Calif., on Saturday, October 14, 2017. Photo: Scott Strazzante, The Chronicle Image 17 of 65 Three firefighters look at a large home that burned in The Ranch subdivision in Sonoma, Calif., on Saturday, October 14, 2017. Three firefighters look at a large home that burned in The Ranch subdivision in Sonoma, Calif., on Saturday, October 14, 2017. Photo: Scott Strazzante, The Chronicle Image 18 of 65 The sun sets over Sonoma, Calif., on Saturday, October 14, 2017. The sun sets over Sonoma, Calif., on Saturday, October 14, 2017. Photo: Scott Strazzante, The Chronicle Image 19 of 65 Smoke in the hills east of Sonoma, Calif., on Saturday, October 14, 2017. Smoke in the hills east of Sonoma, Calif., on Saturday, October 14, 2017. Photo: Scott Strazzante, The Chronicle Image 20 of 65 The chimney is all that remains standing at a large home that burned in The Ranch subdivision in Sonoma, Calif., on Saturday, October 14, 2017. The chimney is all that remains standing at a large home that burned in The Ranch subdivision in Sonoma, Calif., on Saturday, October 14, 2017. Photo: Scott Strazzante, The Chronicle Image 21 of 65 Santa Cruz firefighters' Josiah Gist and Ian Adams carry a hose over the pool of a large home that burned in The Ranch subdivision in Sonoma, Calif., on Saturday, October 14, 2017. Santa Cruz firefighters' Josiah Gist and Ian Adams carry a hose over the pool of a large home that burned in The Ranch subdivision in Sonoma, Calif., on Saturday, October 14, 2017. Photo: Scott Strazzante, The Chronicle Image 22 of 65 Fire fighters work on putting out hotspots at a home off Lovall Rd in Sonoma, California, USA 14 Oct 2017. Fire fighters work on putting out hotspots at a home off Lovall Rd in Sonoma, California, USA 14 Oct 2017. Photo: Peter DaSilva, Special To The Chronicle Image 23 of 65 Gss main continues to burn at a home destroyed by flames early Saturday morning along the 1100 block of Castle Rd in Sonoma, California, USA 14 Oct 2017. Gss main continues to burn at a home destroyed by flames early Saturday morning along the 1100 block of Castle Rd in Sonoma, California, USA 14 Oct 2017. Photo: Peter DaSilva, Special To The Chronicle Image 24 of 65 A water tender sprays water along the roadside to put out hot spots along the 1100 block of Castle Rd in Sonoma, California, USA 14 Oct 2017. A water tender sprays water along the roadside to put out hot spots along the 1100 block of Castle Rd in Sonoma, California, USA 14 Oct 2017. Photo: Peter DaSilva, Special To The Chronicle Image 25 of 65 Sun rises behind burned out hillside east of the town of Sonoma, California, USA 14 Oct 2017. Sun rises behind burned out hillside east of the town of Sonoma, California, USA 14 Oct 2017. Photo: Peter DaSilva, Special To The Chronicle Image 26 of 65 Fire fighters work on putting out hotspots in a garage at a home off Lovall Rd in Sonoma, California, USA 14 Oct 2017. Fire fighters work on putting out hotspots in a garage at a home off Lovall Rd in Sonoma, California, USA 14 Oct 2017. Photo: Peter DaSilva, Special To The Chronicle Image 27 of 65 Search and rescue worker rests on his car after looking through the rubble of a home on Millbrook Drive on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, in Santa Rosa, Calif. Search and rescue worker rests on his car after looking through the rubble of a home on Millbrook Drive on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, in Santa Rosa, Calif. Photo: Mason Trinca, Special To The Chronicle Image 28 of 65 Search and rescue worker looks through the rubble of a home on Millbrook Drive on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, in Santa Rosa, Calif. Search and rescue worker looks through the rubble of a home on Millbrook Drive on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, in Santa Rosa, Calif. Photo: Mason Trinca, Special To The Chronicle Image 29 of 65 Search and rescue workers dig the rubble of a home on Millbrook Drive on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, in Santa Rosa, Calif. Rosa, Calif. Search and rescue workers dig the rubble of a home on Millbrook Drive on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, in Santa Rosa, Calif. Rosa, Calif. Photo: Mason Trinca, Special To The Chronicle Image 30 of 65 California Highway Patrol officer Tracy Ross (center) talks on the phone while assiting Tom Sours (left) of Napa, as he was trying to get to his home to pick up some items on Friday, October 13, 2017 in Napa, Calif. less California Highway Patrol officer Tracy Ross (center) talks on the phone while assiting Tom Sours (left) of Napa, as he was trying to get to his home to pick up some items on Friday, October 13, 2017 in Napa, ... more Photo: Lea Suzuki, The Chronicle Image 31 of 65 Search and rescue workers search for Tubbs fire victims at Journey's End Mobile Home Park on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, in Santa Rosa, Calif. According Sgt. Dave Thompson, in charge of search and rescue operations for the Sonoma County Sheriffs Office, crews have recovered another body at the site. less Search and rescue workers search for Tubbs fire victims at Journey's End Mobile Home Park on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, in Santa Rosa, Calif. According Sgt. Dave Thompson, in charge of search and rescue operations ... more Photo: Noah Berger, Special To The Chronicle Image 32 of 65 Search and rescue workers from the Sonoma County Sheriffs Office search for Tubbs fire victims at Journey's End Mobile Home Park on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, in Santa Rosa, Calif. According Sgt. Dave Thompson, in charge of search and rescue operations for the Sonoma County Sheriffs Office, crews have recovered another body at the site. less Search and rescue workers from the Sonoma County Sheriffs Office search for Tubbs fire victims at Journey's End Mobile Home Park on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, in Santa Rosa, Calif. According Sgt. Dave Thompson, in ... more Photo: Noah Berger, Special To The Chronicle Image 33 of 65 Search and rescue workers use human remain detection dogs to search for Tubbs fire victims at Journey's End Mobile Home Park on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, in Santa Rosa, Calif. According Sgt. Dave Thompson, in charge of search and rescue operations for the Sonoma County Sheriffs Office, crews have recovered another body at the site. less Search and rescue workers use human remain detection dogs to search for Tubbs fire victims at Journey's End Mobile Home Park on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, in Santa Rosa, Calif. According Sgt. Dave Thompson, in ... more Photo: Noah Berger, Special To The Chronicle Image 34 of 65

A man shows a burnt paper after a wildfire moved through the area in Santa Rosa and Napa Valley in California, United States on October 13, 2017. Massive out-of-controls wildfires have claimed at least 31 people and destroyed 3,500 homes in Northern California as the deadliest in state history. (Photo by Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

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A man shows a burnt paper after a wildfire moved through the area in Santa Rosa and Napa Valley in California, United States on October 13, 2017. Massive out-of-controls wildfires have claimed at least 31

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The remains are seen after a wildfire moved through the area in Santa Rosa and Napa Valley in California, United States on October 13, 2017. Massive out-of-controls wildfires have claimed at least 31 people and destroyed 3,500 homes in Northern California as the deadliest in state history. (Photo by Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

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The remains are seen after a wildfire moved through the area in Santa Rosa and Napa Valley in California, United States on October 13, 2017. Massive out-of-controls wildfires have claimed at least 31 people and

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Chrystal Couto holds a poster of her grandmother as Aaron Austin looks on in Santa Rosa, Calif. on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017. The couple from Redway, are searching for Couto's grandmother and her husband, who haven't been heard from since a wildfire tore through the older couple's Santa Rosa neighborhood. They are hanging flyers in evacuation centers with photos of the older couple. (AP Photo/Paul Elias)

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Chrystal Couto holds a poster of her grandmother as Aaron Austin looks on in Santa Rosa, Calif. on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017. The couple from Redway, are searching for Couto's grandmother and her husband, who

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Flowers mark the spot where their father died as Chuck and Mike (R) Rippey stand in the ruins of the house of 100-year-old Charles and 98-year-old Sara Rippey, who were killed in the Atlas Fire just after it began, on October 12, 2017 near Napa, California. Thousands homes have burned and two dozen people have been confirmed dead so far as numerous wildfires continue to spread in eight Northern California counties. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

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Flowers mark the spot where their father died as Chuck and Mike (R) Rippey stand in the ruins of the house of 100-year-old Charles and 98-year-old Sara Rippey, who were killed in the Atlas Fire just after it

... more Photo: David McNew/Getty Images Image 38 of 65 Wine tanks burned by the Tubbs fire stand behind Robert Ellison's sculpture "Frame" at Paradise Ridge Vineyard & Winery in Santa Rosa, Calif., on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017. Wine tanks burned by the Tubbs fire stand behind Robert Ellison's sculpture "Frame" at Paradise Ridge Vineyard & Winery in Santa Rosa, Calif., on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017. Photo: Noah Berger, Special To The Chronicle Image 39 of 65

In this Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017, photo provided by Sam Brinkerhoff, his wife Monica Brinkerhoff takes a photo of her wedding ring that was found in the burned remains of her home in Santa Rosa, Calif. She had hoped to retrieve a passport from her fire-resistant safe, but that too was consumed by the flames. She wasn't prepared for what she did find, the couple's soot-covered engagement rings, with a pair of etched hearts still visible on one of the bands. (Sam Brinkerhoff via AP)

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In this Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017, photo provided by Sam Brinkerhoff, his wife Monica Brinkerhoff takes a photo of her wedding ring that was found in the burned remains of her home in Santa Rosa, Calif. She had

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Firefighters try to extinguish a house fire during the Tubbs Fire on October 12, 2017 near Calistoga, California. At least thirty one people have died in wildfires that have burned tens of thousands of acres and destroyed over 3,500 homes and businesses in several Northern California counties. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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Firefighters try to extinguish a house fire during the Tubbs Fire on October 12, 2017 near Calistoga, California. At least thirty one people have died in wildfires that have burned tens of thousands of acres

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A CalFire chief runs past burning grass during a firing operation while battling the Tubbs Fire on October 12, 2017 near Calistoga, California. At least thirty one people have died in wildfires that have burned tens of thousands of acres and destroyed over 3,500 homes and businesses in several Northern California counties. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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A CalFire chief runs past burning grass during a firing operation while battling the Tubbs Fire on October 12, 2017 near Calistoga, California. At least thirty one people have died in wildfires that have burned

... more Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Image 42 of 65 Two firefighters watch for spot fires Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, near Calistoga, Calif. Firefighters gained some ground on a blaze burning in the heart of California's wine country but face another tough day ahead with low humidity and high winds expected to return. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) less Two firefighters watch for spot fires Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, near Calistoga, Calif. Firefighters gained some ground on a blaze burning in the heart of California's wine country but face another tough day ahead ... more Photo: Jae C. Hong, Associated Press Image 43 of 65

A CalFire firefighter uses a hand tool as he monitors a firing operation while battling the Tubbs Fire on October 12, 2017 near Calistoga, California. At least thirty one people have died in wildfires that have burned tens of thousands of acres and destroyed over 3,500 homes and businesses in several Northern California counties. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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A CalFire firefighter uses a hand tool as he monitors a firing operation while battling the Tubbs Fire on October 12, 2017 near Calistoga, California. At least thirty one people have died in wildfires that have

... more Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Image 44 of 65 A firefighter carries a water hose to put out a fire during along the Highway 29 Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, near Calistoga, Calif. Firefighters gained some ground on a blaze burning in the heart of California's wine country but face another tough day ahead with low humidity and high winds expected to return. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) less A firefighter carries a water hose to put out a fire during along the Highway 29 Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, near Calistoga, Calif. Firefighters gained some ground on a blaze burning in the heart of California's ... more Photo: Jae C. Hong, Associated Press Image 45 of 65 Firefighters watch from their fire trucks as wildfires continue to burn Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, near Calistoga, Calif. Some of the state's most historic tourist sites, including Sonoma city and Calistoga in Napa Valley, were ghost towns populated only by fire crews trying to stop the advancing infernos. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) less Firefighters watch from their fire trucks as wildfires continue to burn Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, near Calistoga, Calif. Some of the state's most historic tourist sites, including Sonoma city and Calistoga in ... more Photo: Jae C. Hong, Associated Press Image 46 of 65

The Puerta la Cruz female inmate firefighter crew clears vegetation near homes in Dry Creek Canyon to try to save them as the Partrick Fire approaches on October 12, 2017 west of Napa, California. Inmate hand crews work under the supervision of Cal Fire, which refers to them as firefighters rather than prisoners because they perform the same job as the elite Hot Shot firefighter crews. Thousands of homes have burned, at least 31 people confirmed killed with hundreds still missing as California wildfires continue to spread out of control. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

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The Puerta la Cruz female inmate firefighter crew clears vegetation near homes in Dry Creek Canyon to try to save them as the Partrick Fire approaches on October 12, 2017 west of Napa, California. Inmate hand

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Firefighters try to extinguish a house fire during the Tubbs Fire on October 12, 2017 near Calistoga, California. At least thirty one people have died in wildfires that have burned tens of thousands of acres and destroyed over 3,500 homes and businesses in several Northern California counties. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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Firefighters try to extinguish a house fire during the Tubbs Fire on October 12, 2017 near Calistoga, California. At least thirty one people have died in wildfires that have burned tens of thousands of acres

... more Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Image 48 of 65 Neighbors gather along Old Vineyard Road to watch the progress of the fire as the Partrick Fire continue to burn slowly east of Sonoma, Calif., on Thursday, October 12, 2017. The Napa and Sonoma valleys continue to be under threat from several fires not yet under control and growing fears that strong winds might worsen the situation. less Neighbors gather along Old Vineyard Road to watch the progress of the fire as the Partrick Fire continue to burn slowly east of Sonoma, Calif., on Thursday, October 12, 2017. The Napa and Sonoma valleys ... more Photo: Carlos Avila Gonzalez, The Chronicle Image 49 of 65 Buy photo Flames erupt off Lovall Valley Road as the Partrick Fire continue to burn slowly east of Sonoma, Calif., on Thursday, October 12, 2017. The Napa and Sonoma valleys continue to be under threat from several fires not yet under control and growing fears that strong winds might worsen the situation. less Flames erupt off Lovall Valley Road as the Partrick Fire continue to burn slowly east of Sonoma, Calif., on Thursday, October 12, 2017. The Napa and Sonoma valleys continue to be under threat from several fires ... more Photo: Carlos Avila Gonzalez, The Chronicle Buy this photo Image 50 of 65 Homes leveled by the Tubbs fire line a neighborhood of Santa Rosa, Calif., on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017. Homes leveled by the Tubbs fire line a neighborhood of Santa Rosa, Calif., on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017. Photo: Noah Berger, Special To The Chronicle Image 51 of 65 Buy photo A Cal Fire helicopter drops water on a smoldering area as the Partrick Fire continue to burn slowly east of Sonoma, Calif., on Thursday, October 12, 2017. The Napa and Sonoma valleys continue to be under threat from several fires not yet under control and growing fears that strong winds might worsen the situation. less A Cal Fire helicopter drops water on a smoldering area as the Partrick Fire continue to burn slowly east of Sonoma, Calif., on Thursday, October 12, 2017. The Napa and Sonoma valleys continue to be under threat ... more Photo: Carlos Avila Gonzalez, The Chronicle Buy this photo Image 52 of 65 Dr. Emily Putt tries to calm an anxious horse as her friend retrieves tranquilizers to administer to it as they rescue two horses for an evacuation Oct. 11, 2017 in Sonoma, Calif. Putt has been working with her friends since Monday, when the fires broke out, to rescue animals that are being threatened by the fires. less Dr. Emily Putt tries to calm an anxious horse as her friend retrieves tranquilizers to administer to it as they rescue two horses for an evacuation Oct. 11, 2017 in Sonoma, Calif. Putt has been working with her ... more Photo: Leah Millis, The Chronicle Image 53 of 65

A grove of trees near Trinity Road glows as it burns near a vineyard after a mandatory evacuation was called in the area of Glen Ellen, Calif., on Wednesday, October 11, 2017. The Napa and Sonoma valleys continue to be under threat from several fires not yet under control and growing fears that strong winds might worsen the situation.

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A grove of trees near Trinity Road glows as it burns near a vineyard after a mandatory evacuation was called in the area of Glen Ellen, Calif., on Wednesday, October 11, 2017. The Napa and Sonoma valleys

... more Photo: Carlos Avila Gonzalez, The Chronicle Image 54 of 65 Two police officers direct a motorist to return at a road closure at Madrone Road after a mandatory evacuation was called in the area of Glen Ellen, Calif., on Wednesday, October 11, 2017. The Napa and Sonoma valleys continue to be under threat from several fires not yet under control and growing fears that strong winds might worsen the situation. less Two police officers direct a motorist to return at a road closure at Madrone Road after a mandatory evacuation was called in the area of Glen Ellen, Calif., on Wednesday, October 11, 2017. The Napa and Sonoma ... more Photo: Carlos Avila Gonzalez, The Chronicle Image 55 of 65 Off. Richard Quintana and fellow California Highway Patrol officers go door to door urging residents to leave Sonoma, Calif., on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017. Off. Richard Quintana and fellow California Highway Patrol officers go door to door urging residents to leave Sonoma, Calif., on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017. Photo: Noah Berger, Special To The Chronicle Image 56 of 65 John Gilson and Derek DeBendetti (left to right) try to put out a hot spot at Cardinal Newman High School in Santa Rosa, Ca. on Wednesday, October 11, 2017. Gilson is Dean of Students at Cardinal Newman as well as the Varsity Women's Soccer coach and Freshman Baseball coach. DeBanedetti is a math teacher at Cardinal Newman and the Varisty Baseball Coach. The school suffered major damages in the Tubbs Fire. less John Gilson and Derek DeBendetti (left to right) try to put out a hot spot at Cardinal Newman High School in Santa Rosa, Ca. on Wednesday, October 11, 2017. Gilson is Dean of Students at Cardinal Newman as well ... more Photo: Alex Washburn, The Chronicle Image 57 of 65 A firefighter works in a devastated neighborhood as an American flag flies from the remains of a home on Willowview Ct. off Skyview Dr. Oct. 11, 2017 in Santa Rosa, Calif. A firefighter works in a devastated neighborhood as an American flag flies from the remains of a home on Willowview Ct. off Skyview Dr. Oct. 11, 2017 in Santa Rosa, Calif. Photo: Leah Millis, The Chronicle Image 58 of 65 Karen Balestieri and Heidi Facciano (left to right) marvel at a pond of live koi fish which survived the Tubbs fire in the neighborhood referred to by locals as 'old fountaingrove' in Santa Rosa, Ca. on Wednesday, October 11, 2017. less Karen Balestieri and Heidi Facciano (left to right) marvel at a pond of live koi fish which survived the Tubbs fire in the neighborhood referred to by locals as 'old fountaingrove' in Santa Rosa, Ca. on ... more Photo: Alex Washburn, The Chronicle Image 59 of 65 Burned out and collapsed house along Mt Veeder Rd after flames from the Nuns fire moved through the Mt Veeder area in Napa, California, USA 11 Oct 2017. Burned out and collapsed house along Mt Veeder Rd after flames from the Nuns fire moved through the Mt Veeder area in Napa, California, USA 11 Oct 2017. Photo: Peter DaSilva, Special To The Chronicle Image 60 of 65 Fire fighters clear a downed tree from across Mt Veeder Rd after flames from the Nuns fire moved through the Mt Veeder area in Napa, California, USA 11 Oct 2017. Fire fighters clear a downed tree from across Mt Veeder Rd after flames from the Nuns fire moved through the Mt Veeder area in Napa, California, USA 11 Oct 2017. Photo: Peter DaSilva, Special To The Chronicle Image 61 of 65 Workers move historic items from the Sonoma Barracks Oct. 11, 2017 in downtown Sonoma, Calif. California State Parks decided to move the items from the Barracks and Mission San Francisco Solano as a precautionary measure as fires burned beyond the town. less Workers move historic items from the Sonoma Barracks Oct. 11, 2017 in downtown Sonoma, Calif. California State Parks decided to move the items from the Barracks and Mission San Francisco Solano as a ... more Photo: Leah Millis, The Chronicle Image 62 of 65 A primary school classroom at St. Rose School is seen with damages caused by the Tubbs fire in Santa Rosa, Ca. on Wednesday, October 11, 2017. A primary school classroom at St. Rose School is seen with damages caused by the Tubbs fire in Santa Rosa, Ca. on Wednesday, October 11, 2017. Photo: Alex Washburn, The Chronicle Image 63 of 65 Buy photo A firefighter works to control a fire near a bulldozer line created behind homes along Bennett Valley Road as he and other firefighters monitor it 's progress on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 in Santa Rosa, Calif. less A firefighter works to control a fire near a bulldozer line created behind homes along Bennett Valley Road as he and other firefighters monitor it 's progress on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 in Santa Rosa, ... more Photo: Lea Suzuki, The Chronicle Buy this photo Image 64 of 65 Fire fighting incident commanders plan for changing weather conditions along Mt Veeder road as flames from the Nuns fire continue to burn in the Mt Veeder area in Napa, California, USA 11 Oct 2017. Fire fighting incident commanders plan for changing weather conditions along Mt Veeder road as flames from the Nuns fire continue to burn in the Mt Veeder area in Napa, California, USA 11 Oct 2017. Photo: Peter DaSilva, Special To The Chronicle Image 65 of 65 Flame consume a structure on Partrick Rd. in Napa, Calif., on Monday, Oct. 9, 2017. Flame consume a structure on Partrick Rd. in Napa, Calif., on Monday, Oct. 9, 2017. Photo: Noah Berger, Special To The Chronicle Live updates: 15 dead in Wine Country fires as team searches for more bodies 1 / 65 Back to Gallery

Santa Rosa has issued a curfew from 6:45 p.m. until 7:15 a.m. in the mandatory evacuation area. Breaking curfew is a misdemeanor, officials said.

1 p.m. Tens of thousands without power in Sonoma County: Pacific Gas and Electric Company is working to restore power to 50,260 customers impacted by the wildfires in Sonoma County. About 28,000 customers are without gas service in Santa Rosa, Windsor, Yountville, Napa, and Kenwood, according to Shirlee Zane, chair of the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors.

12:18 p.m.: High-wind warning: The National Weather Service has issued a red-flag warning for Wednesday night and Thursday for hills in the North Bay and East Bay, predicting northeast winds of up to 30 mph and gusts of 45 mph. The warning starts at 5 p.m. Wednesday in the North Bay hills and 11 p.m. in the East Bay hills, and runs through 5 p.m. Thursday. High winds contributed to the explosive spread of fires throughout the North Bay on Sunday night and Monday.

12:08 p.m. Thousands remain in shelters in Napa and Sonoma counties: More than 3,000 people remain in shelters as 17 wildfires have burned through 115,000 acres across California. Wildfires statewide have left at least 2,000 structures destroyed, officials announced at a California Office of Emergency Services press conference.

12 p.m. Wildfire death toll reaches 15: Two more fatalities have been confirmed by Sonoma County sheriff’s officials , marking nine deaths in Sonoma County. Northern California fires have now killed 15 people, including two in Napa County, three in Mendocino County and one in Yuba County. More than 200 people had been reported missing in Sonoma County, and 45 of those people have been found, officials said.

Fires raged across Northern California as firefighters battled back the Wine Country fires Monday night. Click here to see the latest fire locations. Photo: San Francisco Chronicle Photo: San Francisco Chronicle

Fires raged across Northern California as firefighters battled back the Wine Country fires Monday night. Click here to see the latest fire locations.

Fires raged across Northern California as firefighters battled back...

11:45 a.m. Santa Rosa smolders: Along Highway 101 through Santa Rosa,visibility for drivers extended no more than 300 yards and traffic was stop and go in both directions Tuesday morning.

The sun was nearly blotted out by a sky filled with gray ash and smoke. Skeletons of trees, gutted buildings and burned-out cars lined roadways. Occasional flames burned on wooden structures holding up highway guardrails. Fields, lawns, a pizza joint and grocery store that were fully engulfed in flames Monday continued to smolder Tuesday.

Frustrated residents were trying to find any exit that wasn’t closed down to get off the highway and find a backroad home to survey the damage. Police weren’t letting them, for the most part.

11:17 a.m. Authorities seek suspicious person in small San Rafael vegetation fire: A man was seen running from the scene of a vegetation fire that broke out Tuesday morning in San Rafael, according to the city fire department. The fire burned less than an acre and was quickly contained. Fire officials ask that anyone with information on the man call 911.

11 a.m. Nearly half of downed cell sites restored: Seventy-seven cell sites were down from loss of power or fire damage, and 35 are running again, according to State Senator Mike McGuire. Tens of thousands of customers remain without cell phone service in the fire zones in Napa and Sonoma counties, he said.

10:25 a.m. Vice President Mike Pence pledges aid in the North Bay wildfires: “To California, we say though this declaration, we are with you, our prayers are with you and we will be with you every day until we put the fires out,” Pence said.

President Trump approved the major disaster declaration, which will give California additional federal resources and funding to fight fires up and down the state. Pence said legislation that will be considered in Congress next week includes $576 million for fire suppression.

10:12 a.m. Agencies protect homes from looting: The California National Guard is working to protect property in the wild fires. Mendocino County reported at least one looter was arrested in the fire area on Monday.

9:29 a.m. Mendocino death toll rises: The number of people killed in a wildfire in the Mendocino County town of Redwood Valley now stands at three. Cal Fire officials said the victims died when the Redwood Complex Fire tore through the town of 2,000 people Sunday night and Monday. Their names have not been released. Four more people suffered major burn injuries, and about two dozen others suffered lesser burn injuries, Cal Fire said. Roughly 50 homes were destroyed in the town, located 8 miles north of Ukiah on Highway 101.

9:17 a.m. Couple identified as Napa victims: Charles and Sarah Rippey were identified as victims from the wildfires in Napa, county sheriff John Robertson said. Charles was 100 years old and his wife was 98.

The couple died while trying to escape their home in the 100 block of Westgate Circle in Santa Rosa, Robertson said.

9 a.m. Small vegetation fire in San Rafael: A vegetation fire less than one acre large started off Professional Center Parkway. Firefighters stopped forward progress. No damage or injuries have been reported, according to fire officials.

8:45 a.m. Napa County cell service limited: With spotty service affecting thousands of cell phone users in Napa County, the sheriff’s department announced a website for people to go on and post they are safe.

With dozens of people still missing from the fires ravaging Napa and Sonoma counties, residents with cell reception problems are encouraged to log on to safeandwell.org and register their names.

8 a.m. Cascade Fire in Yuba County spreads: The deadly Cascade Fire has reached 11,500 acres, a growth of more than 3,000 acres overnight, officials said Tuesday.

It was 15 percent contained, according to Cal Fire. The blaze killed vehicle fleeing from the town of Loma Rica.

7:42 a.m. Dozens reported missing in Sonoma County: Roughly 150 people have been reported missing as a result of wild fires, said Sgt. Spencer Crum, a sheriff’s office spokesman.

7:32 a.m. Tubbs Fire grows: The Tubbs fire in Sonoma County is now at 27,000 acres, growing 2,000 acres overnight, according to Cal Fire.

7:01 a.m. Nuns fire spreads: Santa Rosa police announce the Nuns fire is moving to the southwest corner of Oakmont.

7 a.m. School closures stay in place: All schools in Napa and Sonoma counties remain closed Tuesday due to wildfires, district officials announced.

6 a.m. Death toll rises to 11: One person died early Monday morning trying to flee the Cascade Fire in Yuba County, county spokesman Russ Brown confirmed Tuesday.

The person, whose name was not immediately released, was in a vehicle fleeing from the town of Loma Rica, ran off a back-road and became trapped in the fire, Brown said.

Northern California fires have now killed 11 people, including seven in Sonoma County, two in Napa County and one in Mendocino County.

The Cascade fire is one of at least 15 blazes burning in Northern California. It has consumed 8,200 acres and was only 10 percent contained Tuesday morning.

5 a.m. Cooler temperatures, but fires rage: Cool overnight temperatures aided firefighters battling blazes in Napa and Sonoma counties, but the fires continued to rage out of control Tuesday morning.

High temperatures in the North Bay are forecast to be in the mid 70s to upper 70s, generally 5 to 10 degrees cooler than Monday, said Charles Bell, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

At least eight fires were burning across Northern California Tuesday with little to no containment, officials said. The fires have killed at least 10 people, including seven in Sonoma County, two in Napa County and one in Mendocino County.

1:33 a.m. Santa Rosa water alert: Santa Rosa Fire Department officials are advising residents of the Fountaingrove neighborhood to boil their water to ensure it is safe to drink — if they have low or no water pressure.

MONDAY

11:49 p.m. More evacuations in Solano Co.: Residents in the Green Valley area west of Green Valley Road from Mason, north to Valley End Lane, are being told to evacuate now, according to Fairfield police.

11:31 p.m. New wildfire in Santa Rosa: City officials said that a new wildfire has moved from Annadel State Park into the Oakmont community, which is being immediately evacuated.

9:30 p.m. More than 100 missing: Sonoma County has received more than 100 missing-persons reports, said Scott Alonso, a county spokesman.

8:56 p.m. Solano County evacuations: Officials have issued mandatory evacuation orders for Twin Sisters Road and Joyce Lane in Solano County due to the Atlas Fire. These are the first mandatory evacuation orders for Solano County.

8:25 p.m. Tubbs Fire grows slightly: CalFire officials report that the fire has grown some 2,000 acres since Monday afternoon. The fire is now at 27,000 acres. Meanwhile, the Atlas Fire remains at 25,000 acres burned as of Monday night.

7:50 p.m. Fire station among destroyed buildings: Fire station 5 in Santa Rosa at 2201 Newgate Court was among the hundreds of structures that burned, according to a Facebook post from the Mountain View Fire Department, which is assisting in the firefighting.

7 p.m. Dozens reported missing: Sonoma County has received up to 50 missing-persons reports as of Monday evening, said Jennifer Larocque, a county spokeswoman.

5:30 p.m. Vice President Mike Pence addresses California fire crisis: During a preplanned fundraising visit to Southern California, Pence said he spoke with Gov. Jerry Brown and Orange County firefighters about the wildland and urban fires ravaging the state.

In a tweet, the vice president thanked first responders.

5:15 p.m. Curfew issued: Santa Rosa officials instated a mandatory curfew from 6:45 p.m. Monday until sunrise for the area of the city that was under evacuation orders. Anyone out in public overnight in the evacuated swaths of the city would be subject to arrest, Santa Rosa police warned.

5:10 p.m. Looting reported in Sonoma County: Sheriff Rob Giordano said some looting has been reported in the county, but did not immediately provide details.

4:45 p.m. Gov. Jerry Brown asks President Trump for declaration: Brown sent the White House a letter Monday asking for a major disaster declaration, which would give the state additional federal assistance. Brown also issued new emergency proclamations for Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Nevada and Orange counties because of fires.

4:40 p.m. Death toll rises to 10: At least 10 people have been killed in Northern California wildfires, officials said.

Seven people were killed in Sonoma County, according to the sheriff’s office. Two deaths were reported in Napa County, where the Atlas Peak Fire is burning, according to the state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Mendocino County officials reported one death, in a fire in Redwood Valley.

4:30 p.m. Doctors lose homes as they care for patients: Chad Krilich, the chief medical officer at Santa Rosa Memorial, said many doctors who reported for duty Monday had lost their homes just hours before.

The hospital was providing on-site accommodations for staff and volunteers who needed a place to sleep.

Krilich was one such doctor, who assumed his home was gone. He said he grabbed two photos — a picture of his wedding day and one of his children — five pairs of underwear and Hip Hop, the family’s aquatic turtle, before fleeing his Santa Rosa home about 2 a.m. and heading into work.

As a flurry of ash fell outside the Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, Elizabeth and Joseph Tito took comfort in controlling what they could: the flow of ambulances, cars and panicked families in and out of the hospital’s main parking lot. Waves of patients came in with injuries related to evacuations, including car crashes and injuries from falling.

The hospital also accepted evacuees from our neighboring medical centers, including six transfers from Kaiser in Santa Rosa, which was evacuated and shut down, and six from Sutter Medical Center.

Among the patients transferred from Sutter were several expectant mothers in active labor and their newborns.

The Tito family had evacuated their new home in Fountaingrove, an upscale community north of downtown Santa Rosa, about 3 a.m. Monday after seeing flames licking the tops of nearby hills. They had just moved to the area in August — an attempt to escape East Coast blizzards and “bad weather,” Elizabeth Tito said.

“I guess we traded the blizzards for fire,” she said.

Elizabeth and Joseph Tito, both surgeons at St. Joseph Health’s outpatient facility and Healdsburg District Hospital, respectively, said they were happy for the distraction of directing traffic.

It kept them from spending too much time wondering whether their home was still standing.

4 p.m. Flights canceled: All flights into and out of Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport were canceled or redirected. Napa County Airport remained open, and Pacific Gas and Electric Co. was even using it as a staging ground for some of the utility’s emergency crews.

3:55 p.m. Schools will stay closed: The Sonoma County Office of Education said schools in nearly all the county’s 40 districts will remain closed Tuesday, with the exception of a few on the North Coast. Some schools cannot connect to the Internet to notify parents through their usual email messages.

Mendocino College, the entire Ukiah Unified School District and all schools in Willits will be closed Tuesday as well.

3:35 p.m. Helicopters continue to make rescues: The California Highway Patrol said three of its helicopters were continuing to rescue people trapped in fire-ravaged areas of Napa County. Many residents were unaware of evacuation orders because cell phone service and land lines were not working, the CHP said. The helicopters had airlifted 44 evacuees by mid-afternoon. In mandatory evacuation zones, the aircraft crews landed and went door to door on the ground, telling people to get out.

3:30 p.m. Missing-persons reports: Sonoma County officials say people needing information about a missing person in the county can call the Fire and Emergency Services Department at (707) 565-3856.

2:50 p.m. Devastation in Mendocino County: The small town of Redwood Valley in Mendocino County was the first to record a death from a series of wildfires that broke out on Sunday night.

Redwood Valley, a town of some 2,000 people about 8 miles north of Ukiah, had one confirmed fatality as a direct result of the Redwood Fire. Authorities fear they are more people who were caught off guard and trapped in homes that were incinerated on Sunday night, said Capt. Greg Van Patten of the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office in Ukiah.

“It looks like we will have multiple fatalities,” Van Patten said. “There were areas where there just wasn’t enough time to give an evacuation notice because the spread of the fire was so rapid. A lot of the area was overcome before we got ourselves injected into the situation.”

2:20 p.m. Evacuation recommendations spread east: The Solano County Sheriff’s Office strongly encouraged people in the Green Valley area of Fairfield to evacuate because of the projected spread of the Atlas Fire. Officials said that if the fire picks up, a formal and mandatory evacuation order will be issued.

3:15 p.m. Cal Fire issues update: At least 15 fires are ravaging Northern California, burning at least 73,000 acres, said Daniel Berlant, a spokesman for the state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Berlant said wind and visibility conditions have affected the ability of firefighting aircraft to fly into some areas. Large air tankers from other states have joined the effort, he said.

“We have a lot of aircraft ready to go, ready to respond as soon as an incident commander requests them,” Berlant said.

Fire investigators arrived in the North Bay and will be looking into the causes of the fires, Berlant said.

1 p.m. Red Cross assists evacuees: The American Red Cross said its volunteers were providing meals, health services and information on lodging at evacuation centers in Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino and Lake counties.

“Individuals and families under evacuation orders because of wildfires and in need of shelter assistance are encouraged to simply show up at one of the shelters for help,” said Jeff Baumgartner, executive director of Red Cross in the region. “We’ll be in this community providing relief for as long as there is a need.”

12:15 p.m. More than 100 fire victims treated at hospitals: Major hospitals in Napa and Sonoma counties treated more than 100 people for injuries ranging from burns to smoke inhalation.

Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital said it treated 60 people Monday morning for injuries suffered in the wildfires sweeping the two counties. Two of the patients were in critical condition and 58 were treated for moderate to minor injuries, officials said.

The Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa treated about 40 patients, most for smoke inhalation. One patient was transferred to a burn center with significant burns.

Petaluma Hospital treated an additional six patients for smoke inhalation.

11:50 a.m. At least 14 major fires burning in Northern California: At least 1,500 homes and commercial facilities have been destroyed in 14 fires burning in eight counties in Northern California, including Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino and Yuba counties, said Chief Ken Pimlott of the California Department of of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Combined the blazes have burned 73,000 acres.

Pimlott said at a news conference in Sacramento that an estimated 20,000 people had been evacuated in the eight counties. He said firefighters has “limited or no containment” on the fires.

11:46 a.m. Homes gone in Coffey Park: Matt Edgar of Santa Rosa’s Coffey Park neighborhood is one of many who lost his house to the fire. His fiance woke him up about 1:30 a.m. and he spent three hours on his lawn with a hose, trying to extinguish flying embers, before he was forced to flee. “I’m still in shock,” he said. “We’re in limbo right now.”

11:30 a.m. Death reported in Mendocino: The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office reported a fire-related death south of Willits. Capt. Gregory Van Patten said a fire surged early Monday from Potter Valley west toward Redwood Valley as wind gusts downed power lines and trees. Evacuations were ordered, but the fire burned structures, killed one person and caused numerous injuries, he said.

11:30 a.m. CHP has airlifted dozens of evacuees: The California Highway Patrol said that it had rescued 42 people, ranging from age 5 to age 91, by helicopter. Five dogs and a cat were also airlifted.

“In one case a man waited for a second CHP helicopter after ensuring his wife and 5 year old child were safe,” the CHP said in a Facebook post.

11:30 a.m. Arrest of looter in fire zone: The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office said it arrested a person who was “in the process of burglarizing” an empty home that had been evacuated for the Redwood Fire south of Willits.

10:45 a.m. Vineyard workers airlifted overnight: At two high-elevation vineyards, California Highway Patrol helicopters had to airlift more than two dozen people — who were apparently working overnight as wine harvest laborers — as flames approached, officials said.

About 30 people were rescued from the top of Atlas Peak sometime after the fire broke out at 9:20 p.m. Sunday, according to David Shew, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

10:30 a.m. Arts center damaged: The Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, a performance venue in north Santa Rosa, said the center has been damaged, but the extent of the wreckage wasn’t immediately known. Staff said they were all safe and that the center would be closed Monday.

10 a.m. Hospital details evacuation of patients: Kaiser Permanente said 130 patients were safely evacuated from the Santa Rosa medical center Monday morning. Patients were transported to Kaiser Permanente in San Rafael, other local hospitals and evacuation sites. All scheduled appointments and surgeries at Santa Rosa and Napa were canceled for the day. The hospital’s Napa medical offices at 3285 Claremont Way were closed.

9:30 a.m. Napa County officials give first briefing: County supervisors and emergency officials said three fires were burning in Napa County: the 25,000-acre Tubbs Fire near Calistoga, which broke out at 9:20 p.m. Sunday; the Atlas Peak Fire in Napa, which has burned 25,000 acres; and the 3,000-acre Partrick Fire in the Carneros area of Napa. There is zero containment on all of the fires.

“All three of these are a threat at this point,” said David Shew, a Cal Fire spokesman. “We don’t have control of any of them.”

Napa Fire Chief Barry Biermann said at least 50 structures, including houses and barns, had been destroyed, but expected the number to climb. He also said Cal Fire is expected to soon provide an air attack on the fires burning not just in Napa County, but in neighboring Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake counties, where at least four other fires were burning out of control.

Officials said at least 100 homes in Napa alone were evacuated. Sheriff’s deputies of Contra Costa and Sonoma counties went door to door, knocking on people’s homes and telling them to get out. Officials also used an emergency text message system and automated calls to residents, alerting them of the evacuation orders.

Heavy winds helped propel the fires overnight. They died down by late morning, but were expected to pick back up by nightfall, officials said. Fire crews aim to get some level of containment on the fires before sunset Monday.

Shew of Cal Fire, who lives in Napa, said he noticed how dangerous the wind and temperature conditions were Sunday evening prior to the fires breaking out.

“Even at my house, I said to my wife, ‘If we get a fire tonight, it’s going to be devastating,’” Shew said. “Then it happened.”

Biermann said the causes of the fires were not immediately known.

9 a.m. Gov. Jerry Brown declares emergency: The California governor declared a state of emergency for Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties, citing the damage of “critical infrastructure,” the closure of major highways and destruction of homes and other buildings.

8:50 a.m. Loud booms sound in Napa: Off Monticello Road east of Vichy Road, the air grew warm and filled with smoke as the flames on the ridge above approached. Every 5 minutes or so, a loud boom sounded, followed by a hissing noise.

“Those are gas lines exploding,” said Michel Alfaro, president of a Rocklin engineering firm, who drove to Napa to check on his vacationing in-laws' home.

Alfaro kept his pickup truck running so he could make a quick getaway but was also helping neighbors pack up and get out.

“I’m helping whoever needs help,” he said. “I just can’t imagine that some people still haven’t left.”

8:45 a.m. Resident waters down own home: Bob Ochs, the former chief probation officer for Sonoma County who lives in house in Hidden Valley area of Santa Rosa, a block from the mandatory evacuation area, said he was awakened in the predawn hours by a neighbor and began packing his belongings and watering down his house.

“You try to do whatever you can,” he said.

Ochs said he was staying put, for now, because of reports that traffic was at a standstill and roads were closed.

“Some of my neighbors are anxious and ready to move out, and some are more patient,” he said. “One man is walking his dog up and down the street.”

Ochs loaded his car with some of his most prized possessions — his baseball cards and a large photograph of pitching great Sandy Koufax throwing a no-hitter against the Giants.

“You save the most important things,” Ochs said.

8:39 a.m. What’s burning: The Tubbs Fire, stretching from the north side of Santa Rosa northeast to Calistoga, is the largest of several blazes burning in the North Bay, according to the state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

The fire burned 20,000 acres overnight in the general area of Highway 128, Cal Fire said.

Other destructive fires included the Atlas Fire off Atlas Peak road south of Lake Berryessa. It has burned 5,000 acres, Cal fire said.

The Nuns fire along Highway 12 north of Glen Ellen in Sonoma County has burned 300 acres, and the Patrick Fire west of Napa has scorched 100 acres, Cal Fire said.

Farther north, the Redwood Fire west of the Mendocino National Forest and south of Blacl Bart in in Mendocino County, has burned 4,500 acres.

8:27 a.m. Ammo store in flames: The ammunition in Schmidt Guns and Ammunition started exploding as the flames reached the Santa Rosa warehouse that houses the business.

Andy Lahiji, owner of the warehouse, said the gun shop was one of several stores that he rents out in the building across from a mobile-home park on Piner Road in north Santa Rosa. All were destroyed.

7:57 a.m. Fire burning toward Solano County: Dave Shew, a staff chief with Cal Fire, called the Atlas Fire northeast of Napa “an incredibly fast-moving and dynamic fire” that is likely to burn into Solano County.

“We had real severe winds last night when this started,” Shew said. “It burned very very fast. So, our No. 1 priority was life safety.”

The fire burned to the Silverado Country Club and across Highway 128 and is now burning east of Napa toward the southeast, Shew said.

“There are some neighborhoods that got hit pretty hard with structures lost,” he said. “I think the number will be well over 100” homes lost.

“It’s just been a really rough night,” Shew said. “We have no idea what the cause is, but the winds are really severe. Could have been a downed power line or some other things. It’s just too early to speculate.”

He added, “This is an ongoing situation that is not only going to last days but for weeks. This is a hugely dynamic situation.”

5 a.m. Schools close for the day: In several cities, including Napa, Santa Rosa and Petaluma, public school leaders closed all schools Monday.

4:30 a.m. Dispatchers overwhelmed by calls: Sonoma County officials said emergency dispatchers were being “overwhelmed by 911 calls” from residents smelling smoke, adding, “Please only call 911 if you see actual unattended flames.” Authorities in Marin and San Francisco counties made the same plea.

3:45 a.m. Berkeley fire increases pressure on Bay Area crews: Firefighters from multiple jurisdictions were battling a blaze in the North Berkeley hills. They later declared it under control, and no homes were damaged.

3 a.m. Fires in Marin and Mendocino counties: In Mendocino County, authorities evacuated some residents while fighting the Redwood Fire, which had burned 4,500 acres north of Highway 20 and west of Mendocino National Forest. In Marin County, officials said that a grass fire had closed part of Highway 37.

2 a.m. Evacuees run for their lives, awaken neighbors: Just after 2 a.m., police reported the fire had jumped Highway 101 and “ignited structures” west of the freeway near Hopper Avenue. Evacuations were then ordered for that area. Residents later said they had seen homes, shops and restaurants burning, including the Kmart.

“This is a life-threatening event,” officials said. “Leave immediately.”

Among those who left the Hopper Avenue area were 11 members of the Flores family, who woke up and piled into two vehicles with four dogs after being jolted awake by neighbors. They said the air was thick with smoke and the wind was blowing so hard that trash bins toppled over.

“We couldn’t really see anything,” said Bradley Flores, 15. “We just got our dogs and got into the car and left. The wind was so bad our car was shaking.”

He spoke from the parking lot of a Chevron gas station in Petaluma. The lot was full of evacuees who were fueling up, buying water and talking on cell phones.

Also making it to Petaluma were Lance and Barb Cottrell, who live near Santa Rosa. At about midnight, they saw fire cresting over the ridge near their home, after a neighbor rang the doorbell. They packed a couple of suitcases, grabbed some prized antiques and headed to a friend’s house to the west of Highway 101.

“Our house is probably gone,” Lance said. “We just finished it in 2014.”

Soon, though, flames raced so fast into their friend’s neighborhood that people ran for their lives. Lance jumped in his car, and Barb in hers, and they tried to drive away, but they they saw a house engulfed in front of them and had to make a U-turn.

They ended up stuck in traffic before escaping down country roads west of Santa Rosa, avoiding trees that had blown down.

In the Kenwood area, near Highway 12 east of Santa Rosa, evacuations were ordered along Porter Creek, Petrified Forest, Franz Valley and Mountain Home Ranch roads. The Nuns Fire was estimated at 300 acres by the morning.

1 a.m. Flames tear through North Bay: All over the region, flames raced across fields and freeways and skies filled with embers and ash. The National Weather Service said the blazes, which caused power outages and blanketed much of the Bay Area in smoke, were fanned by dry northeast winds that gusted up to 50 mph in the valleys and 70 mph on mountaintops. Those winds were expected to ease later in the day.

9:20 p.m. Sunday, First reports of a fire in Napa County: The Atlas Fire broke out near Atlas Peak Road on Sunday evening and tore through a famed wine-growing area northeast of the city of Napa and the Silverado Trail.

Guests of the Silverado Resort and Spa on Atlas Peak Road said they escaped in a rush as flames approached. The resort had hosted the Safeway Open, a PGA Tour event, which ended Sunday.

“We were sleeping, but we kept smelling smoke,” said Chris Thomas, 42, of Kirkland, Wash., who arrived in the Napa Valley late Sunday with his wife, Marissa Schneider, for a wine-tasting trip.

They saw a firetruck pass, then were ordered to leave by loudspeaker. The power went out. Then things went downhill quickly.

“It was surreal,” Thomas said. “When I started loading stuff into the car it was a hell-storm of smoke and ash. There were 30 to 40 mph winds. I couldn’t even breathe, so I ran back to the unit to get Marissa. It was so smoky I went to the wrong unit. When I found her I said, ‘Forget it, let’s just go.’ It went from being an annoying evacuation to something really scary.”

Schneider said, “Debris was gusting around. The flames were about 100 feet from our door. It was scary.” They drove to downtown Napa and found a hotel room, though they were wary of being evacuated again.

Chronicle staff writers Kimberly Veklerov, Hamed Aleaziz and Melody Gutierrez contributed to this report.

Peter Fimrite, Jill Tucker and Michael Cabanatuan are San Francisco Chronicle staff writers. Email: pfimrite@sfchronicle.com, jtucker@sfchronicle.com and mcabanatuan@sfchronicle.com

Source : http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Latest-on-North-Bay-fires-A-really-rough-12263721.php

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