Wildfires burn neighborhoods in California's Napa and Sonoma counties, forcing residents to evacuate

October 09, 2017 - 11:40 am

(NEW YORK) -- Residents of California’s Napa and Sonoma counties fled their homes early this morning as several wildfires continued to rage in the area.

With the flames sweeping through entire communities, some area hospitals have been evacuated. Evacuations were also issued for surrounding counties that are under threat, according to the Napa Valley Sheriff's Office.

The National Weather Service reported strong winds in the San Francisco Bay area, giving the inferno more life as it tears through businesses and homes.

The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for the counties most at risk. The warning means conditions are critical.

Strong winds, relatively low humidity and warm temperatures can lead to extreme weather, according to the National Weather Service.

The Cal Fire service has confirmed that the Tubbs fire of Napa Valley has burned 20,000 acres of land in total, while the Nuns fire of Sonoma has destroyed 300 acres.

The Atlas fire, which is just south of Lake Berryessa in Napa Valley, has torched 5,000 acres since it started.

The cause of the fires is still under investigation.

Meteorologist Mike Nicco of KGO-TV in San Francisco has been tweeting updates on the fires.

Neighboring Marin County said on its official Twitter page that it's been overwhelmed with calls by residents.

There are churches and community centers open to those families that are seeking refuge from the fire.

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