Massive wind-fueled wildfires burned out of control in Napa and Sonoma counties early Monday, destroying an unknown number of structures, forcing school closures and the evacuation of thousands of people as major thoroughfares were shut down by the fast-moving infernos.
At the same time, a massive brushfire is burning out of control in the Anaheim Hills in Orange County in Southern California, adding to the demand for scarce resources statewide.
According to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, as many as 14 wildfires burned out of control overnight, threatening Wine Country and the entire North Coast region early Monday.
According to the Press Democrat, resources from the state have not been forthcoming, and local officials are desperate for more help.
Weather.com is reporting on a second blaze, named the “Atlas Peak” fire, which has already consumed 31 square miles, forcing fire-fighters to spread resources as near-hurricane force winds fueled the intensity of the multiple firestorms.
The local Napa Valley Register reported that complete strangers are helping each other — including one family, who were enjoying their Wine Country tour one moment, and fleeing for their lives the next, picking up another tourist along the way.