'Armageddon': Wildfires engulf 50k acres in California's wine country

'Armageddon': Wildfires engulf 50k acres in California's wine country

'Armageddon': Wildfires engulf 50k acres in California's wine country

Multiple fires ravaged Napa and Sonoma counties on Monday, forcing widespread evacuations across wine country and burning tens of thousands of acres.

Brown issued the declaration on Monday, as multiple fires forced people to evacuate their homes.

He later drove to Kaiser Permanente Hospital, where he works in environmental services, and began helping the hospital evacuate patients by moving gurney beds to the ambulances and city buses that were ferrying the patients to safety.

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Meanwhile, a fire near Calistoga had burned several buildings, sent several people to the hospital to be treated for burns and prompted mandatory evacuations along several roads.

Cal Fire said firefighters were battling several blazes in Sonoma County. North winds were forecast to gust to 30 miles per hour through the day Monday before shifting to the south and diminishing by afternoon. The Atlas Peak fire near the city of Napa had burned more than 10,000 acres by 6 am. The Tubbs fire, which had spread from Calistoga to Santa Rosa in Sonoma County, has engulfed more than 25,000 acres (9,000 hectares).

Gov. Jerry Brown issued a state of emergency for Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties.

Highway 37 has reopened in both directions between Novato and Vallejo after being closed early Monday morning because of a vegetation fire, California Highway Patrol officials said.

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Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, Santa Rosa: In a statement at 11:30 a.m., the arts center said the main building of the complex had suffered "minimal damage, but that classrooms and the center's east end are destroyed".

"In a situation like this, it is really important that we be the best we can be", he said.

"Around 3 a.m., there was a lot slamming of doors, shouting, vehicle engines revving, so, I get up and go downstairs", Jake Palmgren, a 20-year-old custom crush worker told Wine Enthusiast.

With so many fires, residents of Sonoma County struggled to figure out what roads to take, finding downed trees or flames blocking some routes.

McDowell Blvd.is open to fire evacuees from the fires in Sonoma and Santa Rosa.

Forecasters said winds were expected to ease by middday Monday.

Though he was rushing to escape the flames, Larsen also looked out for his neighbor who lived up the street.

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