Moving wildfires ravage Northern California's wine country

A woman reacts as she searches the remains of her family's home destroyed by fires in California

Fast-moving wildfires ravage Northern California's wine country

In Napa County, the dead included 100 year old Charles Rippey and his wife, Sarah, 98, according to the county sheriff's office. Conditions eased somewhat Tuesday - but the National Weather Service says high winds could return to the area beginning late Wednesday night, with gusts over 50 miles per hour.

As of about 7:30 p.m. Monday, the 16 fires in Northern California had burned upwards of 100,000 acres and destroyed at least 1,500 homes, businesses and other structures.

"We have no idea what's there or if there's anything to go back to", added Irene, holding a breathing mask as smoke and ash coated downtown Santa Rosa. Two patients with severe burns were in critical condition at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, officials said.

Firefighters were battling dozens of fires across multiple counties in the state as of Tuesday, authorities said.

Raging wildfires that ripped through the North Bay of San Francisco in the coastal east of the United States killed at least 10 people and injured hundreds on Monday, officials said.

Cooler temperatures and calmer winds made for a much less chaotic night for firefighters in the North Bay, but nonetheless Cal Fire is considering all four of the fires still burning in Napa and Sonoma counties to be "uncontained" and still actively threatening the communities of homes and vineyards around them. "Many residents had little time to flee due to the fires' rapid and erratic rate of spread through the rural terrain".

The McClellan Reload Base, an airstrip that is used to support aerial firefighting efforts, "pumped over 266,000 gallons of fire retardant Monday".

"People are crying, hugging and helping each other. And we will be there for you in this time of awful tragedy and need". Sonoma County bore the brunt of the fatalities, with seven fire-related deaths confirmed, according to the sheriff's department.

Firefighters were still battling 15 fires on Tuesday after reduced winds late on Monday helped to control the flames, said Brad Alexander, a spokesman for the governor's Office of Emergency Services.

As thousands of evacuees took shelter in dozens of emergency centers around the North Bay, the National Weather service warned of unsafe weather to come. The windswept wildfires stoked furiously overnight Sunday, spreading rapidly and causing Gov.

Santa Rosa police on Tuesday issued an urgent evacuation warning for anyone remaining in the Oakmont neighborhood.

Among those who lost their homes in Santa Rosa: Paula McCallister, who had moved to the area along with her husband less than a year ago. Then: "The fire is moving quickly through here".

No general evacuation has been ordered for the home, which houses about 1,000 disabled veterans from World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam War, Desert Storm and Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Georgia Hansford, who has lived in the Napa Hills area since 1959, said that the moment she and her sister saw flames crest the ridge line on Atlas Peak above their home on Silverado Trail, they knew they had to get out fast.

There's nothing left of his two homes in the area.

There are also other ways to help.

For Perez and his neighbor, Richard Clark, now comes the hard task of rebuilding.

"It was just plain lucky", Glenn Ng said.

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