LA Times] At least 10 people have died and at least 1,500 homes, businesses and other structures have been destroyed as more than 14 fires ravaged eight counties throughout Northern California on Monday, authorities said.
Sonoma County Sheriff's Office reported seven fire-related deaths late
Monday. In addition, two died because of the Atlas fire in Napa County,
said a CalFire spokesperson. One person died as result of the Redwood
Valley fire in Mendocino County.
The vast devastation over just a few hours made this firestorm one of
the worst in California history, with Gov. Jerry Brown declaring a
state of emergency.
Local hospitals were treating those injured
while others are unaccounted for, officials said. Additional fatalities
were possible as search efforts continued.
of the raging fires had Santa Rosa under siege Monday morning, with a
large swath of the city north of downtown under an evacuation order.
area of Fountaingrove appeared to be particularly hard hit, with photos
showing numerous homes on fire. The Fountaingrove Inn, a Hilton hotel
and a high school also burned. Officials said homes were also lost in
the community of Kenwood and at a mobile home park off the 101 Freeway.
Coffey Park, a large Santa Rosa subdivision of dozens of homes, was burned to the ground.
“It’s fair to say it’s been destroyed,” Cal Fire director Ken Pimlott said of Santa Rosa’s Fountaingrove neighborhood. Read More