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Massive Wild Fires in Napa and Sonoma Counties, Mass Evacuations Ordered

Firefighters were battling multiple fires in Napa and Sonoma counties early Monday morning, prompting mass evacuations, according to California fire officials.

A 200-acre fire in the hills above Napa prompted evacuations late Sunday, according to Cal Fire. The blaze was burning off Atlas Peak Road, south of Lake Berryessa, in the hills above Napa, Cal Fire said.

A second fire involving evacuations was burning near Calistoga, from the area of Knights Valley in Sonoma County to Tubbs Lane in Napa County, according to the Napa County Sheriff’s Office.

There were at least two other fires burning in the vicinity, including one in Sonoma County that forced evacuations, in residential neighborhoods, shopping centers and hospitals.

One of the fires jumped Highway 101 in Santa Rosa early Monday morning in the area north of a Kohl’s department store on Hopper Avenue, according to Santa Rosa police.

The fire, near Porter Creek Road, east of Windsor and north of Santa Rosa in unincorporated Sonoma County, was spreading quickly and moving south down Mark West Springs Road toward Riebli Road, according to the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office.

The fire was spreading west toward the Shiloh Ridge area, sheriff’s officials said.

Mass evacuations were taking place north of Santa Rosa in Sonoma County, according to sheriff’s officials, including a Kaiser hospital on Bicentennial Drive.

Evacuation orders were issued in the following Santa Rosa neighborhoods early Monday morning: Cross Creek Road, Sky Farm Drive, Saint Andrews Drive, all residences north of Fountaingrove Parkway, and Montecito Heights.

Later in the morning, evacuations were expanded to all residents east of Fulton Road, between Guerneville and River Roads.
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The Finley Community Center, at 2060 West College Ave., has been opened as an emergency shelter.

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

Evacuations in Napa County included Atlas Peak Road, including Silverado Country Club; Knights Valley to Tubbs Lane in Calistoga; Monticello Road to Circle Oaks Subdivision; Patrick Road residents; and all Soda Canyon Road residents.

Evacuation centers have been opened at the Napa County Fairgrounds, 1435 N. Oak St. in Calistoga, and the Crosswalk Community Church, 2590 First St. in Napa.

Check the Cal Fire website for further updates on evacuations.

The CHP also reported the following hard road closures: Atlas Peak Road at Highway 121; Wooden Valley Road at Highway 121; Hardman Avenue at Silverado Trail; Old Soscol Road at Trancas Street; and Highway 128 at Chalk Hill. The emphasized motorists to stay off those roadways unless they are evacuating.

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Smoke from the wind-driven fires has drifted across all parts of the Bay Area.

Fire officials had not yet released any details on how many homes and other structures are threatened in the two areas.

A red-flag warning is in effect for the North Bay and East Bay hills, meaning there is an elevated risk for fire danger because of dry conditions and gusty winds.

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