Inferno Engulfs Napa and Sonoma Counties

A thick cloud of black smoke rises from a burning junkyard in American Canyon on Sunday

As many as 1,500 structures have been damaged or destroyed in the fires raging across Napa and Sonoma counties.

There have been several injuries, and some people have been reported missing.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection director Ken Pimlott had earlier said that there would likely be fatalities. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency in Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties due to the multiple wildfires burning throughout the region. The Sonoma County Fairgrounds is open for people with large animals; access the fairgrounds via Gate 7 on Aston Avenue. The Sonoma County Sheriff's Office said hotels were evacuated and shelters were set up. Cal Fire tweeted that as many as 8,000 homes were threatened in Nevada County, which lies on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada.

Video from residents in the area shows the frantic evacuation efforts that unfolded Monday morning.

"The sun is a pale yellow, that's how thick the smoke is", he said, adding that ash is floating in the air from one of the fires, which he estimated is about 30 miles away.

In southern California, a fast-moving wildfire in Anaheim is forcing some evacuations.

These dramatic photos were captured by professional photojournalists in the Santa Rosa area. "However, precipitation will stay north and there can still be locally gusty winds", he said.

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There will be no regularly scheduled Santa Rosa CityBus service Monday as a result of the wildfires in the North Bay, Santa Rosa fire officials said.

There was "zero containment" on two of the biggest fires, Cal Fire said in a mid-morning briefing on Monday. Mandatory evacuations are in place for Partrick Rd in Napa County. Residents and businesses in the area were advised to evacuate immediately.

He was asked multiple times if it was suspicious that three fires began around the same time, and he reiterated that the causes of all three fires are unknown. The Atlas Fire south of Lake Berryessa off of Atlas Peak Road has burned at least 25,000 acres while the Partrick-Carneros Fire, which ignited west of Napa, has torched roughly 2,000 acres.

"We've seen major devastation of several neighborhoods of Santa Rosa, both residential and commercial", Chris Coursey, Santa Rosa mayor told the Sacramento Bee.

"Trees were ablaze like lights", she said.

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

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