Images show how wildfires are ravaging Northern California's wine country

Images show how wildfires are ravaging Northern California's wine country

Images show how wildfires are ravaging Northern California's wine country

Another fire burning west of Napa, the Patrick Fire, off of Patrick Road, has consumed at least 3,000 acres.

Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency shortly after 9 a.m. PDT today for Napa, Sonoma and Yuba Counties.

The Atlas Fire, initially reported at 9:20 p.m. Sunday, had burned between 8,000 to 12,000 acres south of Lake Berryessa and off of Atlas Peak Road, according to Cal Fire.

A score of wind-fueled wildfires broke out overnight in California's Sonoma and Napa counties, burning tens of thousands of acres, destroying 1,500 structures and causing residents to flee their homes and businesses.

O'Gorman and Ortega were among many who scrambled to safety as the blazes rolled through, forcing emergency evacuations from the hospital, homes and hotels.

Sonoma County resident John Dean was driving home early Monday when "I looked over and saw a house on fire" along the road. The fires spread across roads and burned several structures, local officials told CNN.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Director Ken Pimlott say an estimated 20,000 people have been evacuated. "If in this area, you need to move out". Another hospital in the area, Sutter Hospital, was also placed under evacuation orders. A Calistoga shelter was opened at the Napa County Fairgrounds, 1435 N. Oak St.

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Napa County Fire Chief Barry Biermann said low humidity and a lack of resources have driven the fire.

"Right now with these conditions we can't get ahead of this fire and do anything about the forward progress", Biermann said.

City officials could not immediately say how many people are affected.

In recent memory, there hasn't been anything like the wildfires now burning in these relatively densely populated areas of the North Bay, and several cities and towns are likely to be assessing damages for weeks to come, and rebuilding for years to come, including Santa Rosa and Glen Ellen. Wind was gusting in the areas up to 50 miles per hour. She had fled so fast that she hadn't put on her shoes. The Napa County Sheriff's Office is asking the public to avoid the area. "It's something that we're having to be very cautious about", she said.

Meanwhile, as she takes refuge with a relative in Santa Rosa, O'Gorman can't stop thinking about about the valuables and keepsakes left behind in her home, which she now believes is gone. "Not until I can see my house".

Flames were also burning near the Domaine Carneros winery.

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