Raging Wine Country Wildfires Burn Homes; Force Evacuations

NAPA (CBS SF) — Wind-whipped wildfires roared to life Sunday night and early Monday across Wine Country, burning building, forcing evacuations and injuring several people.

The Atlas Peak fire was the largest of several wildfires, quickly growing to more than 200 acres near Napa. Meanwhile, the fire near Calistoga had burned several building and sent several people to the hospital to be treated for burns.

Cal Fire said firefighters were battling several blazes in Sonoma County. The largest was in the area of Porter Creek Road and Petrified Forest Road near Calistoga where mandatory evacuations were ordered for residents along Porter Creek, Petrified Forest, Franz Valley and Mountain Home Ranch Rd.

Early Monday morning, the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department said fires had erupted at Mark West Springs and Riebli roads in Santa Rosa, at Shiloh and Conde roads in Windsor and at Highway 116 and Fredericks Road in Sebastopol.

The fires had stretched Sonoma and Napa counties firefighting resources to the breaking point. A call for mutual aid was issued to other Bay Area fire departments.

The National Weather Service had issued a red flag warning for the Bay Area early Sunday, predicting gusty winds and dry conditions. Gusts were predicted to be in the 30 mph range in the area of the fire.

The rapidly moving Atlas Peak fire was visible throughout Napa Valley and heavy smoke was draping over the region. Cal Fire said the blaze broke out on Atlas Peak Road just south of Lake Berryessa at 9:50 p.m.

 

Authorities said the blaze was quickly moving toward the Silverado Trail — an area dotted with homes and wineries. Officials said the Silverado Country Club — site of this week’s PGA Tour tournament — was evacuated.

Flames were also burning near the Domaine Carneros winery.

Mandatory evacuation were for homes on Atlas Peak Road, including Silverado Country Club; Knights Valley to Tubbs Lane in Calistoga; Partrick Road; Monticello Road to Circle Oaks Subdivision and Soda Canyon Road.

Cal Fire Deputy Chief Scott McLean said there was no containment of Atlas Peak fire at 12:30 a.m. Monday with winds blowing at 28 mph and the humidity at just 12.

“Very, very volatile fire conditions,” McLean said.

The Napa Valley Register was reporting that authorities were going house to house just north of Silverado Resort urging residents to leave. The paper said there were reports of at least three structures burning on Atlas Peak.

Napa officials said two evacuation centers had been opened — at the Crosswalk Community Church on First Street and at the Napa County Fairgrounds. In Calistoga, an evacuation center was opened at the Calistoga Fairgrounds.

The California Highway Patrol Santa Rosa Division said in a tweet early Monday that the community of Kenwood, in unincorporated Sonoma County, also is being evacuated.

A large plume of smoke from the fire drifted as far south of San Francisco and the East Bay where residents were reporting the strong smell of smoke in the air.

For long time Napa Valley residents the massive fire rekindled memories of the 1981 Atlas Peak wildfire. In that blaze, 23,000 acres were burned, $36 million was done in damage, 65 structures were destroyed and 11 people were injured.

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  1. Anone Amouse says:

    I think the good liberals of California should plan on banning fire

    1. Jack Davis says:

      There should be a 7 day waiting period on matches, and a limit to how many matches come in a box. We MUST ban high-capacity match boxes!! It’s FOR THE CHILDREN!!!!!

    2. Matt Fricke says:

      I think they tried – which is why there is so much extra brush that is burning. Nature’s gunna do its thing eventually. Hope everyone gets out of the way!

  2. Samual Colt says:

    Massive fires in California are necessary for the health of planet EarF.
    It culls the human weeds that squat there.

    1. Amy Johnson says:

      The areas affected have a larger CONSERVATIVE population than the lib sections of CA, for anyone visiting this page from Drudge who needs to know.

      1. You are a liar, look at the 2016 presidential election voting map by county. Marxist/liberals, are by nature, liars.

  3. can we blame NANCY PELOSI GOV.MOOMBEAM BROWN for the situation? After all liberalism blames trump for everything else.

  4. Terry Roloff says:

    Nobody gave two shots when MT and WA were burning for months and now because it’s CA people are supposed to care. Hope they all hugged a tree before they evacuated.

    1. Marxist/liberals are now experiencing what their life will be like, in the afterlife.

  5. Texas prays for rain for you to stop this fire.

  6. Illegal Mexicans are burning you out.

  7. Doc Mac says:

    “A large plume of smoke from the fire drifted as far south of San Francisco and the East Bay where residents were reporting the strong smell of smoke in the air.”

    On the bright side, the smoke covers the smell of urine and human feces usually the dominant smells of downtown SF.

  8. Don’t really care what happens to leftist CA.

    1. Amy Johnson says:

      Heads up to Drudge visitors.. The areas affected are more CONSERVATIVE than the super-lib areas of CA (SF/LA) – This is a huge state. Do yourselves a favor and visit a red/blue map of CA, you might be shocked to learn a large portion of the state swings right.

      1. Heads up to Anal Johnson your fear of the ‘drudgereport’ link aggregator is strange and discredits no one.

      2. You are a liar, look at the 2016 presidential election voting map by county. Marxist/liberals are, by nature, liars.

      3. The fires are burning in Sonoma county, which is Blue.

  9. Cody Silver says:

    oh oh…the Sanctuary state is burning!

    1. you know it was them…. the Russians also unleashed their new hurricane machine on us, in the South. Oh the horror….

  10. Did they ever find Waldo’s ashes in the Waldo Canyon fire?

  11. malice420dotcom says:

    Its’ either terrorism or illegals in camps. Either way burn baby burn.

  12. From only 80 miles away, in the conservative valley just north of Sacramento, I’m enjoying this immensely! Those condescending, arrogant, entitled, snobbish Napa-Sonoma a-holes are getting burnt out! I’m LOVIN’ it!!!

  13. Jose Jimenez says:

    Is Motherland Mejico sending help?

  14. Quick, San Francisco! Throw up a bunch of “Wildfire Free Zone” signs.
    That’ll stop it!
    Problem solved. Yer welcome.

  15. Bill Jackman says:

    Calling all illegal aliens to please make themselves available to fight fires.

  16. Mike DeYoung says:

    Gov Brown will not allow wineries to rebuild because they take too much water. Instead, will take the land and give over to mexican illegals as reparations for taking California from them.

  17. ASIA FOR THE ASIANS, AFRICA FOR THE AFRICANS, WHITE COUNTRIES FOR EVERYBODY!

    Everybody says there is this RACE problem. Everybody says this RACE problem will be solved when the third world pours into EVERY white country and ONLY into white countries.

    The Netherlands and Belgium are just as crowded as Japan or Taiwan, but nobody says Japan or Taiwan will solve this RACE problem by bringing in millions of third worlders and quote assimilating unquote with them.

    Everybody says the final solution to this RACE problem is for EVERY white country and ONLY white countries to “assimilate,” i.e., intermarry, with all those non-whites.

    What if I said there was this RACE problem and this RACE problem would be solved only if hundreds of millions of non-blacks were brought into EVERY black country and ONLY into black countries?

    How long would it take anyone to realize I’m not talking about a RACE problem. I am talking about the final solution to the BLACK problem?

    And how long would it take any sane black man to notice this and what kind of psycho black man wouldn’t object to this?

    But if I tell that obvious truth about the ongoing program of genocide against my race, the white race, Liberals and respectable conservatives agree that I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.

    They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-white.

    Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white.

  18. Jeffrey Gee says:

    So, I figured it all out. The loons in LA, San Diego, San Francisco, etc… aren’t getting enough oxygen to their brains after years of being oxygen depraved due to wildfires, neurosis has set in. Prime examples would include Jerry Brown, Diane Feinstein, Nancy Peolsi, Barabra Boxer, etc… Sadly, I could probably list them all day long!

  19. Blame Brown & Pelosi! Hope SF chokes on all the carbon dioxide! Large wildfires in the western United States can pump as much carbon dioxide into the atmosphere in just a few weeks as cars do in those areas in an entire year!

  20. Takit Itzfre says:

    I understand that smoke is just one way that people are choking in San Francisco.

  21. Donny Dingle says:

    Maybe the coming tsunami from the Cascadia fault slip will put the fires out.

  22. any state that legitimizes passing HIV to anyone without any consequences..you reap what you sew.

  23. mjazzguitar says:

    You are playing Russian Roulette when you become a sanctuary for people who may or may not hate America.

  24. I fully expect people at MSNBC and CNN to explain to us how liberals who voted for Hillary Clinton are to blame for this fire in the same way they blamed Trump voters for the hurricanes in Texas and Florida.

  25. I guess that area is sanctuary to nobody now. Boohoo! The most liberal in CA are getting exactly what they deserve!

  26. There should be plenty of illegal aliens available to fight these fires, no shortage of manpower there.

  27. Dwain Meyer says:

    I heard somebody say, “burn baby burn! Frisco inferno! burn baby burn! burn that mama down”

  28. Let me guess, climate change caused this.

  29. Now, watch the sanctuary state seek federal aid…

  30. Susan Vue says:

    So many illegals so many fires

  31. Prayers for the safety of the firemen..Other than that Burn, Baby. Burn. love to see Marin, Pelosi’s Winery and the City in ashes…

  32. Susan Vue says:

    Hepatitis is also spreading like wildfire in CA.

  33. Joe Waldron says:

    Wow, hellfire and brimstone being rained near Sodom! How biblical!

  34. ASIA FOR THE ASIANS, AFRICA FOR THE AFRICANS, WHITE COUNTRIES FOR EVERYBODY!

    Everybody says there is this RACE problem. Everybody says this RACE problem will be solved when the third world pours into EVERY white country and ONLY into white countries.

    The Netherlands and Belgium are just as crowded as Japan or Taiwan, but nobody says Japan or Taiwan will solve this RACE problem by bringing in millions of third worlders and quote assimilating unquote with them.

    Everybody says the final solution to this RACE problem is for EVERY white country and ONLY white countries to “assimilate,” i.e., intermarry, with all those non-whites.

    What if I said there was this RACE problem and this RACE problem would be solved only if hundreds of millions of non-blacks were brought into EVERY black country and ONLY into black countries?

    How long would it take anyone to realize I’m not talking about a RACE problem. I am talking about the final solution to the BLACK problem?

    And how long would it take any sane black man to notice this and what kind of psycho black man wouldn’t object to this?

    But if I tell that obvious truth about the ongoing program of genocide against my race, the white race, Liberals and respectable conservatives agree that I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.

    They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-white.

    Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white.

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