A raging fire in the Napa County area of California has forced mass evacuations while it obliterates homes and burns uncontrollably. Click through to see pics and video of the terrifying fire, and learn what to do if you’re in its path.
California’s North Bay, which includes Napa, Sonoma, and Lake counties, is engulfed by an uncontrollable fire, and it’s causing devastating damage as it grows. Cal Fire called for residents to evacuate immediately as the wildfire raged through the area, destroying their homes and businesses as it grows larger. And now, it’s reached nearby Santa Rosa, with officials calling the fire a “life-threatening event,” and telling residents to “leave immediately.” Mendocino, San Mateo, and Marin County are reportedly in danger, as well.
An estimated 20,000 acres have already been destroyed in Sonoma and Napa, according to Cal Fire, and the National Weather Service has identified at least six fires burning at the same time. There’s no sign of stopping. In Santa Rosa, a man named Ron Dodds told local Fox KTVU “People are running red lights, there is chaos ensuing. It’s a scary time. It looks like Armageddon.” Kaiser Permanente and Sutter Health hospitals have been evacuated, patients taken to nearby or makeshift hospitals until the fire threat is contained.
The cause of the fire is unknown at this point, but it’s growing and intensifying due to strong and dry Santa Ana winds — a frequent phenomenon in California that typically starts in October. Threats of fire are elevated in the entire state when this occurs.
If you’re in the area and seeking further information on the fire, and to learn if you need to evacuate, please visit the Cal Fire site.
HollywoodLifers, are you in the Napa County area in California? Please stay safe!