At least 22 fires, fueled by strong winds, continue to force in California the evacuation of tens of thousands of residents in Napa, Sonoma and Butte counties, a well-known wine country, and have resulted in the death of three other people in the last hours, authorities said.
In Shasta County, about 300 miles north of Sacramento, the state capital, three people died in another Forest fire The fast-moving fire that began burning Sunday afternoon near Redding, the county’s largest city, announced Sheriff Eric Magrini.
Until now, the authorities have not ‘been able to identify the bodies of these new three deathly victims.
With the passing of these three people, the total number of dead by the fires in that state rose to 25 this Monday, according to the count of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire), although other unofficial sources place the figure above thirty.
Bad weather conditions
The warm winds they reached speeds of more than 80 kilometers per hour in northern California, where temperatures set records of 39 degrees Celsius in Napa and 35 degrees in Oakland.
Authorities expect conditions conducive to large fires from southern Oregon to the San Francisco Bay area and Los Angeles County. The meteorological service has given alerts of excessive heat and poor air quality conditions throughout the west of the country, but primarily in California.
At least 2,200 homes were threatened from multiple fires in the area firefighters have dubbed Glass, which has burned at least 1,135 hectares after it started in grasslands near Deer Park.
Among the structures hit by the flames overnight is the Chateau Boswell Winery and the Glass Mountain Inn, and firefighters said they expect the winds to remain strong until dusk Monday. “Has been numerous evacuations throughout the night, “Tayree Zander, spokesman for the California Fire Department, told reporters.” These fires are spreading at a very fast rate, dangerous, “he added.
Before dawn the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office issued an evacuation order for neighborhoods along Highway 12 and southwest of the Napa and Sonoma county lines, urging residents to flee to Sonoma due to “the significant threat to life and property“.
And two hours later, the Sonoma Police Headquarters issued another evacuation order, due “to multiple fires on the Los Álamos and Santa Helena routes “.
Consume houses and neighborhoods
At the same time the Napa County Office of Emergency Services issued an evacuation order for the area north of the Bothe State Park to the Diamond Mountain Route, and alerted that the crossing is closed on Highway 29 between Lincoln Avenue and Deer Park route.
Numerous houses began to burn early Monday in the suburban neighborhoods east of Santa Rosa, which with 177,000 residents is the most populous city in Sonoma County.
Fueled by the strong and warm Diablo winds, blowing from the north and east, the flames affected the Mountain Hawk Drive area threatening the Skyhawk Residential Complex homes, built in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
By Sunday evening, dozens of firefighters they fought a battle to stop the flames from crossing the Silverado Road, a major transit route, while the flames threatened St. Helena Adventist Hospital, which was evacuated hours earlier.