<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - ]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbclosangeles.com/feature/wildfires http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California http://www.nbclosangeles.comen-usFri, 20 Oct 2017 11:39:33 -0700Fri, 20 Oct 2017 11:39:33 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Arson Investigators Seek Man Spotted Near Freeway Fires]]> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:38:20 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/57+freeway+brush+fire.jpg

Arson investigators are looking into a report of a man seen near the location where two brush fires started Wednesday morning on both sides of the 57 Freeway in Diamond Bar.

The fires forced the shutdown of northbound lanes early Wednesday.

About 10 acres burned on the northbound side of the freeway about 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. Five acres of grass were scorched on the southbound of the road, where the fire burned uphill.

The fire was contained by mid-morning.

Investigators said they received a witness report of a man seen near the fires at the Toner Canyon exit. The man, wearing a white scarf on his face, was driving a black sedan, accordingo to the sheriff's department.

More details were not immediately available. Authorities did not confirm whether the fires were deliberately set. 

All drivers were diverted off the freeway early Wednesday at the Tonner Canyon exit. Some lanes reopened later Wednesday morning, but traffic was slow. 

The fire was first reported at approximately 2:15 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol. No structures were threatened.

Anyone with information for investigators was asked to call 323-881-7500.

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<![CDATA[Map: See Where Wildfires Are Burning in California]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:25:52 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/226*120/09-06-2017-calfire-fire-map-california-1.jpg

This map displays fire information collected by CALFIRE, the state firefighting agency. Click on each location for more information, including containment figures and the size of the fire.

As of Oct. 17, over 11,000 firefighters are on the front lines of 12 large fires burning in California. Over 245,000 acres have burned since last week.

A report released earlier this year provided a wildfire outlook for the hot, dry summer months in California. The National Interagency Fire Center report said wildfire risk will be high in inland Southern California in July and in parts of Northern California during August and September. The report noted what could be a delayed start to the wildfire season in some locations. 

The state is coming off one of its wettest winters in years, which left hillsides covered in grass and other vegetation. That grass dried out this summer and turned into tinder, providing fuel for rapidly spreading fires often pushed by strong winds.

An increase in the number of dead and dying trees also can exacerbate the wildfire threat, CAL FIRE officials said. An estimated 102 million trees have died in California due to the state's five-year dry spell and bark beetle infestation.

The agency has been urging residents to take prevention steps, such as maintaining 100 feet of defensible space around homes and other structures. Defensible space provides a natural buffer between buildings and grass, trees, bushes, shrubs and other vegetation that can burn.

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<![CDATA[How You Can Help Northern California Fire Victims]]> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 21:05:27 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/182*120/AP_17282563913318.jpg

Donations and volunteers are needed in Northern California as local fire crews battle multiple blazes that have wiped out entire neighborhoods and killed dozens of people.

The fires have ravaged Sonoma, Napa, Solano, Mendocino, Yuba and Lake counties, destroying at least 5,700 homes and businesses. At one point, 100,000 people had to evacuate. Officials have confirmed at least 42 fatalities. Many of those forced to evacuate will return to their homes only to find ash and charred wreckage.

Below is information on how you can help recovery efforts. Some information is for people who live in the area, but there are also national campaigns dedicated to fire relief. For tips on how to avoid charity scams, visit here

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Donate or volunteer at an evacuation center:
Petaluma officials have shared a Google doc with information on volunteer opportunities and other ways you can help. As of Oct. 10, Petaluma's shelters were no longer accepting donations of goods. 

The city of Sonoma said Sunday, Oct. 14, that its evacuation center at Sonoma High will close Monday at 6 p.m. All school-based centers are also closing and evacuees are being transfered to Red Cross-operated shelters. For opportunities to volunteer in Sonoma County, email info@volunteernow.org or call (707) 573-3399. [[450084303, C]]

The city of Santa Rosa said Monday, Oct. 16, that people can still make unprepared food donations to homeless shelters. Visit St. Vincent de Paul at 610 Wilson Street, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. or the Redwood Empire Food Bank at 3990 Brickway Blvd. from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. No more donations of food or goods are needed at local evacuation shelters or fire and police departments. Catholic Charities of Santa Rosa is also accepting food donations and you can call 707-528-8712 for information. The Salvation Army is accepting clothes and supplies at 93 Stony Point Circle. For more information, call (707)542-0981. The city of Santa Rosa has also urged people to donate to the United Way of Wine Country's Relief Fund or a North Bay Fire Relief campaign organized by Redwood Credit Union

The Ukiah Daily Journal has posted resources for donating or volunteering in Mendocino County. The North Coast Opportunities Volunteer Network can be reached at 707-462-1959. The Savings Bank of Mendocino is accepting donations in response to the fires in Mendocino County and Lake County. You can mail them to P.O. Box 3600, Ukiah, CA 95482 or pay online here

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The city of Napa said Tuesday that no volunteers or in-kind donations were needed - that means no clothes, no toiletries, and no prepared food. Instead, Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Belia Ramos is asking people to donate money directly to the Napa Valley Community Foundation. Those who want to volunteer should sign up and update a volunteer profile here with the Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership.  

Yuba County is accepting donations for evacuees in front of Franklin Hall at the Yuba Sutter Fairgrounds between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. As of Wednesday, they were in need of socks, hair brushes, shampoo, conditioner, Kleenex, diapers and other toiletries.

The Solano County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday that no goods are needed at their shelter. Cash donations can be given in person at the Suisun City KROC Center - 586 E Wigeon Way, Suisun City. Cash donations for animal supplies can be given over the phone through Western Ranch Supply at (707) 439-7880 or in person at 103 Aegean Way, Vacaville. A large animal evacuation center at the Solano County Fairgrounds, as of Friday, Oct. 13, was accepting livestock, construction and operation supplies. For a detailed list of their needs and information on volunteer opportunities, visit here. [[450133483, C]]

Donate or sign-up to volunteer with the Red Cross:
The Red Cross released a statement on Monday afternoon saying that it had met its immediate need for volunteers, but the organization asked interested parties to sign up online for updates, as more people may be needed in the coming days.

“As the disaster continues to evolve, the Red Cross will assess how community volunteers can best support the operation,” the non-profit said in a statement Monday. “Those interested in volunteering to support Sonoma, Napa, Lake and Mendocino wildfire relief efforts, can sign up online."

People can also donate directly to the Red Cross Disaster Relief at any time by dialing 1-800 RED CROSS. To make a quick, one-time donation of $10, text CAWILDFIRES to 90999. The donation is used to "prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster.

"This includes providing food, shelter, relief supplies, emotional support, recovery planning and other assistance as well as supporting the vehicles, warehouses, technology and people that make that help possible," the Red Cross said Thursday.

Donate to the Napa Valley Community Foundation:
The foundation started its Disaster Relief Fund in 2014 after an earthquake flattened areas of South Napa. Now, it'll be mobilizing the same network for fire victims. 

In addition to distributing immediate grants to smaller, local nonprofits, the foundation says it will work with government agencies to identify recovery areas that need the most assistance. You can donate online and by snail mail. Click here for more information. 

Donate to the Sonoma County Resilience Fund:
The Community Foundation of Sonoma County launched a Resilience Fund to help with the mid- to long-term needs of Sonoma recovery. Facebook, which announced on Tuesday a $1 million pledge to fire relief efforts, has donated $250,000 to the fund. You can donate or find out more here.

The Rotary of Sonoma Valley will match the first $10,000 of donations on its YouCaring page.

Donate to the Sonoma County Grape Growers Foundation:
The Sonoma County Grape Growers Foundation has partnered with the Sonoma County Farm Bureau in establishing a fund to help ag workers and their families who lost homes in the fires.

Donate to a Crowdfunding site:
GoFundMe has verified this donation page, created by winery owner Jake Kloberdanz, for general fire relief. There are also dozens of donation pages set up for individual people and families affected by the fire. All donations under the "California Fire Relief" section are backed by GoFundMe's guarantee policy

The City of Santa Rosa also set up a YouCaring page to assist Tubbs Fire Victims. A slew of Bay Area sports teams, including the San Francisco 49ers and the Golden State Warriors, pledged $450,000 on a YouCaring page and have invited fans to contribute. 

Meanwhile, cannabis enthusiasts have started a donation page for marijuana growers who lost their farms in the blaze. 

Note: GoFundMe collects 5 percent of the total amount raised and there is a transaction charge for each donation. YouCaring charges a transaction fee but does not collect a percentage of the total donation. 

Open your home to evacuees:
Airbnb has activated its Open Homes program for the North Bay. The program, established in 2012, allows hosts to open up their homes for free to people needing shelter. The company released a statement saying it was in need of more hosts to volunteer. Find out more here.

Tech workers in San Francisco also started a Google Doc to connect evacuees with housing assistance. If you have space in your home and would welcome evacuees, you're invited to add your name to the list. 

SHARE Sonoma County is arranging emergency home shares for displaced homeowners or renters in Sonoma County. Those willing to host a person or family for anywhere from days to months should contact PPSC SHARE Sonoma County at SHAREfire@petalumapeople.org. Volunteers to help with phones can visit the Petaluma People Services Center at 1500 Petaluma Blvd., South, Petaluma.

Help look after displaced pets and animals:
Milo Foundation, a long-running animal rescue group with headquarters in Point Richmond, was forced to evacuate about 200 animals from its sanctuary in Willits. Shelter staff are asking people who live in safe locations to open their homes to shelter dogs and cats as a result.

Sonoma County Animal Services, as of Oct. 14, was no longer in need of food or other supplies for animals. They have set up a 24/7 phone line for information and donations at 707-565-4648. You can also donate here. Those interested in fostering animals can visit here

The SPCA of Solano County, as of Wednesday, was in need of cat food, kitty litter, blankets, towels, beds, leashes and cleaning supplies. You can also donate here.  

Donate at any Peet's Coffee & Tea shop:
Peet's customers can make digital or cash donations for its North Bay Fire Relief Campaign through Oct. 22 at any of its coffee bars around the country. The Bay Area-based company will match funds of up to $10,000 to be distributed to: Community Foundation of Sonoma County, Napa Valley Community Foundation, The Community Foundation of Mendocino County, and other non-profits and food banks.

Donate to a food bank:
The Redwood Empire Food Bank said it delivered the equivalent of 110,000 meals to Sonoma County evacuation centers, as of Tuesday evening. You can make a financial donation here.

Schedule a donation for later: 
Give Lively's wildfire relief page, which offers ways to donate to several community organizations, lets you send money now or schedule the gift for later.

Other places outside the North Bay accepting donations:
Love on Haight, a vintage clothing shop in San Francisco, posted on Facebook that it was accepting clothing donations and had a limited number of available shelters for evacuees. The clothing store has also set up a donation table outside for people to drop off clothing donations.

“We have boxes of free clothes at Love on Haight for you,” a post on the clothing store’s Facebook page said. “We have some spots to stay in the city and can help get supplies that you may need. If you make it to the city please feel free to use us as a home base. You are not alone in this...” 

Tutto Capelli Salon in San Carlos is opening a donation drive. Owner Gina Hawk said she is collecting pet supplies, phone chargers, baby supplies, feminine products, and other toiletries to bring to shelters. 

Salute E Vita Restaurante in RichmondThe staff at the Marina Bay restaurant will be driving up and donating goods twice a day. Organizer Jamie Dooley is encouraging people to bring non-perishable goods, socks, blankets and pillows along with other essentials.

"As a Santa Rosa native whose family has been evacuated, it breaks my heart to see my hometown reduced to ashes," Dooley said. "We’re doing everything possible to support our friends and family."

Martinez Mobilizes for Santa Rosa: This Sunday, the popular Del Cielo Brewing Co. in Martinez will be hosting an all-day donation drop-off event. You can find out more information about needed donations at the event Facebook page. 

Seaport Storage Center and Collection 55 Cellars in Redwood City is accepting donations for fire victims. Donations of tents, sleeping bags, pillows, water, personal hygiene products, diapers, can openers, and phone chargers can be made until 4 p.m. daily. The center has large trucks available to drop off goods. Call Justin Wethington at 650-218-6360 if interested. 

Jewish Community Center in Berkeley (Walnut Street location): The community center will be accepting donations for a massive Thursday drop off. Staff are asking for clothing and toiletries.  Please bring donations by 4 p.m. 

Oakland 1-2-3-4 Go! Records: The long-running record store in Oakland has posted a list of needed items on its Facebook page (no clothing needed.) Donations will be dropped off in Santa Rosa throughout the week. 

This post will be updated. Have something to add? Email Gillian.Edevane@NBCuni.com. Check out full coverage of the fires here.

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<![CDATA[Blaze Breaks Out at Chevron El Segundo Refinery]]> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 08:52:52 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/el+segundo+refinery+fire.jpg

Fire crews are nearly finished extinguishing a blaze that broke out at the Chevron El Segundo Refinery on Tuesday.

The fire began at 10:30 p.m. in the 300 block of West El Segundo Boulevard, according to the El Segundo Police Department. Police advised nearby residents to stay indoors and close their doors and windows.

By 11:18 p.m., fire officials doused the fire with foam, according to Chevron officials.

"Chevon's primary concern is to ensure the safety of its employees and the surrounding community and the environment," a statement from the energy corporation said. "Chevron is working very closely with the local agencies to ensure that we meet those expectations in responding to this incident."

Chevron Emergency Response personnel, as well as units from El Segundo, Hermosa Beach and Redondo Beach responded to the blaze.

Details on how the blaze broke out were not immediately clear. No injuries were reported.

There were reports of explosions, likely caused by blown transformers, during the fire, according to fire officials.

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<![CDATA[Smoke and Fire From Above: Wildfire Images From Space]]> Thu, 12 Oct 2017 09:45:02 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/206*120/calif-fire.gif NASA is tracking wildfires globally, offering a view from high above Earth that reveals the scope and size of major fires, some of which produce smoke plumes that stretch for miles.

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<![CDATA[Photos: Fire Burns Brush on Mount Wilson]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:18:13 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/mt+wilson+brush+fire.jpg

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<![CDATA[List: California's Most Destructive Wildfires]]> Thu, 12 Oct 2017 05:47:18 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-77479288.jpg

California is facing one of the worst times of the year for wildfires. Five of the state's 10 most damaging fires have occurred in October, including the devastating 1991 Oakland Hills fire that resulted in 25 deaths and burned nearly 3,000 structures. 

Below, a look at the five most-damaging wildfires recorded in California. The figures, obtained from CAL FIRE, are based on the number of structures — homes, barns, garages, sheds, commercial properties and other buildings — that were destroyed. 

Note: The list does not include the October 2017 fires burning in Northern California. Authorities continue to gather estimates on the number of structures destroyed in California's wine country.

Oakland Hills Fire, October 1991

Also called the Tunnel fire, the firestorm scorched hillsides in northern Oakland and southeastern Berkeley during an October weekend. Responsible for 25 deaths, it remains the most destructive wildfire on record in California. The fire, rekindled from an earlier grass fire, burned only 1,600 acres — not large when compared to other wildfires on the list. But it was located in a densely populated area with houses and other buildings in its path and ended up destroying 2,900 structures. Fanned by powerful wind gusts, the flare-up grew into a wall of fire that left some residents trapped in an inferno.

Cedar Fire, October 2003

The catastrophic San Diego County Cedar fire remains the largest fire in California history. The 273,000-acre firestorm wiped out 2,820 structures and resulted in 15 deaths. The fire was started by a lost hunter who started a signal fire in Cleveland National Forest near Julian. It grew into a burning monster that stormed through wilderness areas and rural communities.

Valley Fire, September 2015

The 76,000-acre fire burned nearly 2,000 structures in Lake, Napa and Sonoma counties. In just about 24 hours, strong wind gusts pushed the fire to about 50,000 acres after it was started by a faulty electrical connection that caused nearby dry grass to ignite. Four residents were killed.

Witch Fire, October 2007

Damaged power lines caused arcing that set off another monstrous fire in San Diego County. The 197,990-acre Witch fire destroyed 1,650 structures. It burned during an onslaught of large wildfires in Southern California that scorched hundreds of thousands of acres in October 2007.

Old Fire, October 2003

A 91,200-acre fire that burned 1,650 structures in San Bernardino County was set by a man in a fit of rage after a dispute with his godfather, according to prosecutors. Rickie Lee Fowler, convicted of murder and arson, was sentenced to death. Six deaths were reported in the fire, which began after a lighted road flare was tossed into the brush.

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<![CDATA[Firefighters Protect Historic Mount Wilson Observatory]]> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 03:04:13 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/10-17-2017-wilson-fire-1.JPG

Firefighting helicopters soared over Mount Wilson early Tuesday, dropping water on a brush fire that broke out below the peak's famed observatory.

The barrage of early morning water drops helped hold the fire to 30 acres in the San Gabriel Mountains northeast of Pasadena. It was 35 percent contained as of 10 p.m., according to the U.S. Forest Service. 

The Chantry Flats area was evacuated as a precaution. Red Box and Mount Wilson roads were closed, but no structures were threatened.

It was not immediately clear how the fire started. 

The observatory in Angeles National Forest features powerful telescopes and solar towers. The peak also has an array of TV and radio broadcast equipment.

"We're attacking it from the ground and the air to keep it from running uphill toward the infrastructure," said Nathan Judy, spokesman for Angeles National Forest.

The observatory was founded in 1904 by astronomer George Ellery Hale. In the early 1900s, it became home to the largest telescopes in the world. Edwin Hubble, who joined the Mount Wilson staff in 1919, was among the highly regarded astronomers who used the observatory's telescopes to expand our understanding of the universe.

The fire started after a weekend of high fire danger in California, where several brush fires continued to burn. As of Oct. 15, CAL FIRE reported more than 6,000 fires in California so far this year. Those fires scorched nearly 480,000 acres. During that same period last year, CAL FIRE reported 4,457 fires that burned 244,000 acres.

California's five-year average through mid-October is 4,373 fires and more than 201,300 acres of scorched land.

The state is coming off one of its wettest winters in years, which left hillsides covered in grass and other vegetation. That grass dried out during summer and turned into tinder, providing fuel for rapidly spreading fires often pushed by strong winds.

NBC4's Karla Rendon contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Photos: What to Keep in Your Disaster Emergency Kit]]> Thu, 21 Sep 2017 13:24:28 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Earthquake+Kit+19.jpg The American Red Cross provided NBC Los Angeles with a list of things that every household should keep in a backpack in the event of a natural disaster. Whether it's an earthquake, flood or wildfire, these items can help families be prepared for the worst. The items below can be kept in a disaster preparedness kit.

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<![CDATA[2017 California Wildfires in Photos]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:27:30 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/AP_17190108950994.jpg The hot, dry and sometimes windy months of summer bring the threat of large wildfires in California, where hillsides were left with crops of grass that turns into fuel for the fires. Take a look at some of the fires this year.

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<![CDATA[LIST: Largest California Wildfires]]> Thu, 12 Oct 2017 07:46:45 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/186*120/90246169.jpg

The list below shows the locations of California's 20 largest wildfires.

Each fire includes the cause of the fire, date, location, acres burned, number of buildings damaged and fatalities. The data was compiled by Cal Fire and does not include fires before 1932, when less reliable records were available. 

The list includes all fires in California, regardless of whether they were under local, state or federal agencies' responsibility.

Note: The complex of deadly wilfires burning in Northern California are not included in this list. As of Oct. 12, the fires burned an estimated 169,000 acres.

1. Cedar

Cause: Human Related
Date: October 2003
Location: San Diego County
Acres: 273,246
Structures: 2,820
Fatalities: 15

2. Rush

Cause: Lightning
Date: August 2012
Location: Lassen County
Acres: 271,911 California/43,666 Nevada
Structures: None
Fatalities: None

3. Rim

Cause: Human Related
Date: August 2013
Location: Tuolumne County
Acres: 257,314
Structures: 112
Fatalities: None

4. Zaca

Cause: Human Related
Date: July 2007
Location: Santa Barbara County
Acres: 240,207
Structures: 1
Fatalities: 0

5. Matilija

Cause: Undetermined
Date: September 1932
Location: Ventura County
Acres: 220,000
Structures: 0
Fatalities: 0

6. Witch

Cause: Powerlines
Date: October 2007
Location: San Diego County
Acres: 197,990
Structures: 1,650
Fatalities: 2

7. Klamath Theater Complex

Cause: Lightning
Date: June 2008
Location:Siskiyou County
Acres: 192,038
Structures: 0
Fatalities: 2

8. Marble Cone

Cause: Lightning
Date: July 1977
Location: Monterey County
Acres: 177,866
Structures: 0
Fatalities: 0

9. Laguna

Cause: Powerlines
Date: September 1970
Location: San Diego County
Acres: 175,425
Structures: 382
Fatalities: 5

10. Basin Complex

Cause: Lightning
Date: June 2008
Location: Monterey
Acres: 162,818
Structures: 58
Fatalities: 0

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<![CDATA[California Wildfires: Prevention, Safety Tips]]> Thu, 06 Jul 2017 05:17:10 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/07-24-2016-fire-sand-wildfire-clarita-1.JPG

Red flag warnings are issued in California when weather conditions increase the risk of wildfires, but there are fire prevention and home protection steps that can be taken well in advance of hot, dry and windy conditions.

Cal Fire, the state's firefighting agency, provided the following advice to help Californian's prevent a small spark from becoming a devastating wildfire. These safety tips, including how to prepare your property and family for wildfires, can save property and lives. 

Below, you'll find a printable evacuation plan and homeowner's checklist, emergency supply kit details and tips to reduce the risk of wildfires in the first place.

Before the Fire

When fires threaten homes, local fire and law enforcement agencies may order evacuations to save lives. That means residents should be prepared by following these pre-evacuation tips.

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Protecting Your Home: Defensible Space

Cal Fire inspects homes in fire-prone areas for defensible space -- a barrier around the home designed to prevent fires from spreading to buildings. Defensible space is considered the area 100 feet around the home, divided into two zones.

  • Zone 1: This area extends to 30 feet from the home. It should be clear of dead plants, grass and weeds, dry leaves and pine needles. Tree branches should be 10 feet apart.
  • Zone 2: This area is 30 to 100 feet from the home. Grass should be kept to a maximum of 4 inches high. The lowest branches of trees should be trimmed to provide at least 6 feet of clearance from the ground to avoid a "fire ladder" that allows flames to spread up trees. 

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When to Evacuate

When fire officials recommend evacuations, it's time to go. Remember that neighbors will be evacuating, too, so roads that firefighters use to do their jobs will likely be congested. A few things to keep in mind.

  • Authorities will outline evacuation routes after studying fire behavior, winds, terrain and the weather forecast
  • Law enforcement agencies, such as sheriff and police departments, are charged with enforcing evacuations. They also will provide updates on evacuations and shelter for evacuated residents
  • If it's too late to evacuate, fire officials suggest staying inside and calling 911. Fill sinks and tubs with water, close windows and doors, but make sure they're not locked in case rescuers need to enter the home

Wildfire Prevention

About 95 percent of California's wildfires are caused by people who fail to follow a few safety steps when using equipment outdoors, camping, burning debris and even driving a car.

Outdoor Equipment Use

Lawn mowers and other types of outdoor equipment need to be used with caution, especially during red flag conditions when a spark can quickly grow into a brush fire.

  • Mow before 10 a.m.
  • Avoid mowing when conditions are windy and dry
  • Watch for rocks and other objects than can generate sparks when struck by metal blades
  • Keep a phone nearby. If you need to call 911 to report a fire, do it right away

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Vehicle Maintenance

Hundreds of brush fires start alongside California's roads each year. The cause is often sparks produced by a vehicle that land in dry brush on the roadside.

  • Don't let chains dangle from a vehicle and drag on the road. Safety pins should be used to keep chains in place
  • Check under your car to make sure no parts, such as the muffler or other parts of the exhaust system, are coming into contact with the road
  • Have a fire extinguisher in your car
  • Avoid driving onto dry grass, such as parking areas in fields and narrow shoulders on the side of the road. The brush can burn when ignited by a hot car part
  • Check your brakes. Worn pads can mean metal-to-metal contact, which can produce sparks that fly into dry brush on the side of the road

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Campfires on public land require a permit from Cal Fire, the U.S. Forest Service or the Bureau of Land Management.

  • Build the fire on level ground away from brush or anything else that could catch fire. You'll need at least 10 feet of diameter space
  • Make sure the fire is out using the "drown, stir and feel" method. Douse the fire with water, stir the area with a shovel and then put dirt on the site to smother coals and embers. Use the back of your hand to "feel" whether the area is still hot

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Debris Burning Safety

It's best to check with the fire department before burning debris, which might require a permit.

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<![CDATA[Hospital Workers Evacuate Patients While Own Homes Ignite]]> Thu, 12 Oct 2017 11:35:13 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/WEBKAISEREVACUATION_389098.JPEG

While their homes went up in flames during one of the most destructive firestorms in California history, several nurses, doctors and Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa staff stayed behind to save those in need.

A "wall of fire" late Sunday and early Monday swiftly ripped through a mobile home park next to the hospital, forcing hospital staff to evacuate roughly 130 patients, including the critically ill and laboring mothers. At least 55 hospital employees lost their homes while the flames raged, but patient care was of the utmost importance at the time.

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"I would say that every employee, staff member and physician went above and beyond," Dr. Joshua Weil, an emergency physician working at the hospital at the time of the evacuation, said. "It would be really easy to imagine watching the flames, getting phone calls knowing that your own home was about to go up in smoke, that you would just run and try to go attend to those needs. But the reality is that everybody was committed to our patients here. It’s very easy to say that everybody was a hero."

Hospital officials made the call around 3:30 a.m. to evacuate. With shooting flames roaring just yards away, nurses and doctors hastily wheeled out patient after patient. By 6 a.m., everyone was out.

Some patients were taken away by ambulance. Others were shipped off in buses. Even some were whisked away in private cars.

"Nurses volunteered to take some patients knowing that they could expedite the process," Weil said. "Their willingness to take that on in this situation really helped deliver the best care to our patients to keep everybody safe. It was a dramatic process."

Weil and Judy Coffey, a registered nurse, senior vice president and area manager with Kaiser for Marin and Sonoma counties, said that Monday's successful evacuation marked the first time the hospital had ever been forced to vacate in a real emergency.

"It was an amazing, amazing experience to see how the heroes of this facility worked in collaboration," Coffey said.

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Despite celebrating their accomplishments at work, several hospital staff members are faced with devastation at home. Weil admitted that the number of hospital staff members who lost their homes "is going to go way up."

Coffey, who lives in the now-gutted Fountain Grove area, is among the newly homeless.

"I've not seen my home, but the entire hillside is gone, so I know my home is gone," she said.

Patients at Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital were also forced to flee the flames when the firestorm ignited. Both Kaiser in Santa Rosa and Sutter have since set up reunification phone lines to help link evacuated patients with their loved ones. The Kaiser reunification phone number is 855-599-0033. Sutter's reunification phone number is 707-543-4511.

Kaiser in Santa Rosa likely won't reopen until the end of the week at the earliest, according to Weil and Coffey. Officials have to make sure the hospital's electricity, water supplies, gas lines and technological equipment are properly working.

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<![CDATA[List: California's Deadliest Wildfires]]> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 18:09:37 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/cedarfireya.jpg

Northern California communities are facing some of the deadliest and most destructive wildfires in the state's history. Fanned by strong wind gusts, flames have raced through parts of several counties.

It is a tragic reminder of the potential for devastation in a state where dry conditions, powerful October winds and heat combine to increase the threat of rapidly spreading wildfires.

Below, a look at some of the state's deadliest fires.

Note: The complex of deadly wilfires burning in Northern California are not included in this list. As of Oct. 12, the fires burned an estimated 169,000 acres, resulting in more than 20 deaths.

Griffith Park Fire, October 1933

What started as a debris pile fire in Los Angeles' 4,300-acre park at the eastern end of the Santa Monica Mountains became California's deadliest wildfire. On Oct. 3, 1933, Depression-era workers were taking care of other projects in the park when they were dispatched to fight the fire. Not trained in firefighting, they were unable to contain the flames and the fire spread to nearly 50 acres. Fanned by shifting winds, the fire raced up a canyon and overwhelmed workers. Twenty-nine were killed.

Oakland Hills Fire, October 1991

Also called the Tunnel fire, the firestorm scorched hillsides in northern Oakland and southeastern Berkeley during an October weekend. The fire, rekindled from an earlier grass fire, burned only 1,600 acres — not large when compared to other wildfires on the list. But it was located in a densely populated area with houses and other buildings in its path. Fanned by powerful wind gusts, the flare-up grew into a wall of fire that left some residents trapped in an inferno that resulted in 25 deaths. Nearly 3,000 structures were destroyed.

Cedar Fire, October 2003

The catastrophic San Diego County Cedar fire remains the largest fire in California history. It also is one of the deadliest. The 273,000-acre firestorm wiped out 2,820 structures and resulted in 15 deaths. The fire, started by a lost hunter who set a signal fire in Cleveland National Forest near Julian, stormed through wilderness areas and rural communities.

Rattlesnake Fire, July 1953

In the summer of 1953, an arsonist set two fires in Mendocino National Forest in Northern California, setting off a chain of tragic events that would become a textbook case in studies of firefighting. Firefighters quickly got a handle on the first, but spot fires developed during the evening when winds fanned the second fire. Most were extinguished, but one flared up and quickly spread as firefighters sat down for a meal. Some of them ran uphill to a firefighter who warned them about the fire, but 15 who tried to escape down the canyon were overtaken and killed. A boulder at the Grindstone Overlook on Forest Highway 7 has a plaque with the victims' names. 

Loop Fire, November 1966

On Nov. 1, 1966, 12 members of the El Cariso Hotshots -- specially trained firefighters who ranged in age from 18 to 26 -- were killed. Again, a firefight turned deadly because of shifting winds. Some crewmembers were trapped when gusts carried spot fire flames up steep Pacioma Canyon in Angeles National Forest north of Los Angeles. Many of the 19 Hotshots who escaped suffered critical burns. El Cariso Park in Sylmar stands as a memorial to the victims.

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<![CDATA[Residents Return to Neighborhood Ravaged by Fire]]> Wed, 11 Oct 2017 12:17:56 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/Residents_Return_to_Neighborhood_Ravaged_by_Fire.jpg

After her family and two dogs escaped, Kathleen Johnson and other residents are returning home to her neighborhood scarred by the Canyon Fire 2 . NBC4's Christine Kim reports for the NBC4 News at 11 a.m. on Wednesday Oct. 11, 2017.

<![CDATA[The Anaheim Hills Fire as Seen From Around SoCal]]> Thu, 12 Oct 2017 09:20:38 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/231*120/10-10-2017-sky-fire-anaheim-hills-3.jpg

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<![CDATA[Evacuated Homeowner Sees Burned House for First Time]]> Wed, 11 Oct 2017 09:37:14 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Homeowner_Sees_Burned_House_for_First_Time.jpg

Karen Roach sees her home, damaged in the Anaheim Hills fire, for the first time. The 10,000-square-foot house on Overlook Terrace is where she raised her family over three decades. Vikki Vargas reports for the NBC4 News at 4 p.m. on Tuesday Oct. 10, 2017.

<![CDATA[Homeowners Return to Rubble After Fire]]> Wed, 11 Oct 2017 01:08:33 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Homeowners_Return_to_Rubble_After_Fire.jpg

Homeowners were allowed to return to their homes for the first time since mandatory evacuations were ordered in wake of the destructive Canyon Fire 2. Hetty Chang reports for the NBC4 News at 11 on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017.

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<![CDATA[Before and After Images Show Wine Country Fires' Devastation]]> Wed, 11 Oct 2017 13:10:13 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/signorello-winery-before-after-th.jpg

Here are before and after images from the deadly wildfires that have burned tens of thousands of acres and destroyed over 1,500 homes and businesses across several Northern California counties.

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<![CDATA[Lifetime of Memories Lost as Flames Rip Through Homes]]> Tue, 10 Oct 2017 05:41:25 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/canyon+fire+2+burned+home+interior.jpg

Worried residents in Orange County were forced to watch as a wind-driven fire raced toward their houses Monday, some returning to their neighborhoods only to find that the flames had already consumed their homes.

The fire, dubbed the Canyon Fire 2, originated in Anaheim Hills and quickly tore through the hillsides, threatening nearby homes and setting some alight as it grew to 6,000 acres by the evening. By 9 p.m., 24 structures were destroyed as a thousand firefighters battled the blaze to 5 percent containment.  

"The hillside was on fire," said John Tague. "I've lived up here 21 years and I've never seen it like this, ever."

Tague said his wife and kids were at home when he heard about the fire and told them to "get out instantly." He was forced to park three miles from his home, returning to find his neighbors' houses up in flames. "It came up so quick," Tague said. "There was nothing you could do."

Kevin Shaevitz was one of the unfortunate residents whose home did not survive.

"It's pretty surreal," said Shaevitz, who raced home with his wife upon learning of the fire. Their four children were safe at school at the time, but the couple wanted to try to salvage what they could. As Shaevitz saw the flames reach his neighbor's backyard, he knew he had to go. Fortunately, Shaevitz and his wife were ready, grabbing important documents and photos before taking off.

Crestfallen but relieved no one was hurt, Shaevitz said he will "probably try and handle this the best I can for now and then deal with it emotionally a couple months down the road."

Tague sympathized with residents like Shaevitz, who lost more than just a house to the fire.

"I know people who have lost everything, a whole life of memories," Tague said. "Not just their homes, but everything they've accumulated over the last 30 years. It's just sad."

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<![CDATA[Residents Help Firefighters Battle Canyon Fire 2 Flames]]> Tue, 10 Oct 2017 05:47:10 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/good+samritan+anaheim+hills+fire.jpg

Ash rained on residents on Monday as embers flew into the air after a 6,000-acre wildfire spread throughout the Anaheim Hills, destroying 24 structures and prompting evacuations for hundreds of homeowners.

While many residents obeyed the evacuation orders, numerous people decided to take action by helping firefighters as much as they could. From offering fresh water and meals for the courageous firefighters to getting involved in battling the blaze, some Orange residents stepped up to contribute.

"My sister was affected," Josh Boudreau said. "I just thought it would be great to help out."

Some homeowners sprayed nearby hot spots with their water hose while others grabbed their shovels to douse small flames with dirt.

"They're little flares," Bordreau said. "We're tryng to put out little things here and there."

One good Samaritan was inspired to do good onto others by recent tragedy.

Tyler Watkins, who helped douse small fires, was at the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival when a gunman opened fire on attendants, killing 58 concertgoers and injuring 500 people.

"Right in front row, I saw a lot of stuff," he said. "We're doing what we can to put positivity back in the community."

A thousand firefighters from multiple agencies are currently battling the blaze and have contained the flames by five percent as of 1:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Some good Samaritans are thinking of keeping their neighborhoods safe, motivating them to help.

"With all the stuff that's been happening around the world, I figured I could help a little bit," Eddie Lugo said. "I'm not thinking about getting out, I'm thinking about helping others - making sure everybody's safe."

The fire, dubbed the Canyon Fire 2, broke out just before 10 a.m. on Monday and spread to 6,000-acres as a wind-driven brush fire.

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<![CDATA[Canyon Fire 2 Scorches Through Anaheim Hills ]]> Tue, 10 Oct 2017 06:01:14 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/raw_video_canyon_fire_2_overnight_aerial_1200x675_1068051011791.jpg

A 6,000-acre fire charred areas of the Anaheim Hills on Monday, Oct. 9, 2017 after a wind-driven brush fire rapidly spread, prompting evacuations for thousands of residents. The fire, dubbed Canyon Fire 2, destroyed 24 structures and threatened hundreds of homes. As of 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, firefighters were able to contain five percent of the flames.

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<![CDATA[Canyon Fire 2 Prompts Extended Smoke Advisory]]> Tue, 10 Oct 2017 14:15:07 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/canyon-fire-2-smoke-advisory.jpg

Smoke from Canyon Fire 2 may cause air quality to reach unhealthy levels or higher in areas directly impacted by smoke, the South Coast Air Quality Management District said on Monday.

The advisory has been extended to be in effect through Wednesday morning.

The advisory means that anyone impacted by the smoke should avoid vigorous outdoor or indoor exertion.

It advises people with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly, and children to remain indoors, keep windows and doors closed or seek alternate shelter.

It says to run your air conditioner if you have one and keep the fresh air intake closed and the filter clean to prevent bringing additional smoke inside.

The advisory also says to avoid using a swamp cooler or whole-house fan to prevent bringing additional smoke inside and don't use indoor or outdoor wood-burning appliances, including fireplaces.

Areas of direct smoke impacts and Unhealthy air quality include portions of:  

  • Corona/Norco Area – Riverside County;
  • North Orange County;
  • Central Orange County;
  • North Orange County Coast;
  • Saddleback Valley; and
  • Central Orange County Coast.

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<![CDATA[Sky Over Disneyland Glows Orange Due to Nearby Wildfire]]> Wed, 11 Oct 2017 11:21:32 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/canyon-fire-2-disneyland-tn.JPG A wildfire that scorched thousands of acres in Anaheim Hills cast an eerie orange glow in the skies over the Happiest Place on Earth Monday.

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<![CDATA[Canyon Fire 2 Destroys Homes, Structures in Blaze]]> Tue, 10 Oct 2017 00:10:41 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/hetty+canyon+fire+2.jpg

Multiple houses were destroyed as the destructive Canyon Fire 2 burned through Anaheim in a 6,000-acre blaze. Hetty Chang reports for the NBC4 News at 11 on Monday, Oct. 9, 2017.

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<![CDATA[RAW: Wildfire Burns Out of Control, Prompts Evacusations in Napa County]]> Mon, 09 Oct 2017 04:00:00 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/KNTV_100000000498744_1200x675_1066133571826.jpg

Raw video of the wind-driven fire burning off Atlas Peak Road in the hills above Napa that has prompted mass evacuations.

<![CDATA[Residents Help Combat Canyon Fire 2 Flames]]> Tue, 10 Oct 2017 00:17:03 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Residents_Help_Combat_Canyon_Fire_2_Flames.jpg

As embers flew into the air and ash rained on several parts of Orange, residents stepped to assist firefighters and each other as much as possible. Adrian Arambulo reports for the NBC4 News at 11 on Monday, Oct. 9, 2017.

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<![CDATA[Anaheim Residents Evacuated During Canyon Fire 2]]> Tue, 10 Oct 2017 00:14:34 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Anaheim_Residents_Evacuated_During_Canyon_Fire_2.jpg

Numerous residents were evacuated after a 6,000-acre blaze threatened homes in Anaheim, destroying several homes in the process. Beverly White reports for the NBC4 News at 11 on Monday, Oct, 9, 2017.

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<![CDATA[Thousands Flee Wildfires in Calif. Wine Country; 11 Dead]]> Tue, 10 Oct 2017 09:58:14 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_17282743058328.png

Thousands of residents of wine country were sent fleeing from their homes Monday as more than a dozen wind-driven wildfires erupted across Northern California, wiping out at least 1,500 structures and sending the smell of smoke as far as San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose.

At least 11 people have died and two people have suffered serious injuries as a result of the blazes. Seven deaths occurred in the Tubbs Fire in Sonoma County, two deaths occurred in the Atlas Fire in Napa County and one death was reported in the fire that ignited in Mendocino County, Cal Fire said. One more death was reported in Yuba County, the local sheriff's office said.

A Sonoma County spokesman said late Monday that the county has received more than 100 missing-persons reports.

An estimated 20,000 people have been evacuated, Cal Fire Director Ken Pimlott said. He added that the estimates of destroyed structures are very conservative.

Pimlott said the fires are burning across an eight-county swath of Northern California, including Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties. Cal Fire estimated that a total of 73,000 acres, or 114 square miles, have been scorched as of Monday afternoon.

Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in response to the blazes, including the 6,000-acre fire south in Orange County. The flames spread rapidly as a result of wind gusts topping out around 50 mph during the overnight hours.

"It was an inferno like you’ve never seen before," said Marian Williams, who caravanned with neighbors through flames before dawn as one of the wildfires reached the vineyards and ridges at her small Sonoma County town of Kenwood.

Laurie Thompson said she had "just enough time to grab a few things" before fleeing from the Coffey Park neighborhood in Santa Rosa. Swift gusts whipped flames into the area, leaving some homes in a heap of smoldering rubble. 

"Homes were just destroyed," Thompson said. "Blocks are gone."

John Gianfermi returned to one of those leveled Coffey Park homes Monday morning. As he talked, he picked out a washing machine, folding chairs, and what looked like a bed frame in the ruins. A Buddha had survived the flames, but he thought his photo albums and other family possessions were gone.

Gianfermi said he had started to smell smoke Sunday night and noticed that the wind was very strong.

"A neighbor pounded on our door and said, 'You've got to go now,'" he said.

He, his wife, and two teenagers got into his truck and fled in a neighborhood exodus, eventually heading to his sister's house. They returned Monday morning to see what, if anything, was left, and while his wife and children waited in the truck about a mile away, he walked the rest of the way.

"Better that I see it than my wife and my kids," he said.

But everyone got out alive, no one was hurt, and the family could buy new clothes, he said.

"You don’t think that that’s going to happen to you," he said.

The Tubbs Fire burning in Napa County off Highway 128 and Bennett Lane in Calistoga has scorched 35,000 acres, according to officials. The Atlas Fire south of Lake Berryessa off Atlas Peak Road has burned at least 25,000 acres while the Partrick Fire, which ignited west of Napa, has torched roughly 3,000 acres. 

The Nuns fire, burning in Sonoma County north of Glen Ellen, has torched 5,000 acres, according to Cal Fire. At the southern tip of Sonoma County, the 37 Fire, which started near Highway 37 and Lakeville Highway, has incinerated 1,500 acres.

At least 10,000 acres in Mendocino County also have been scorched after the Redwood Complex Fire, which includes the Redwood and Potter fires, ignited west of Mendocino National Forest, Cal Fire reported.

Evacuations have been ordered across the North Bay for residential neighborhoods, shopping centers and hospitals, such as Kaiser Permanente Hospital and Sutter Hospital in Santa Rosa. Flames consumed mobile homes next to Kaiser while hospital employees rushed patients to safety. Staff moved some in private cars when they ran out of ambulances.

The fires forced all Santa Rosa schools and Napa Valley Unified School District schools to close for the day.

Santa Rosa officials on Monday issued a curfew for affected burn areas from 6:45 p.m. until sunrise.

In Napa County, Kim McPherson said she had heard that her house was gone.

"Shock," she said. "Disbelief."

But she said she was grateful that she and others were alive and uninjured.

A man whose parents live in the Fountain Grove neighborhood of Santa Rosa described driving over to wake them up, then waking up their neighbors. His parents' house was still standing, but all around them was devastation. Firefighters from around the area had responded to Santa Rosa to help, he said.

"This is insane," he said.

Dreama Goldberg, who is eight months pregnant, got out safely with her husband, 7-year-old stepdaughter, roommate and cat.

“We feel very fortunate for that,” she said. “It was really scary.”

Goldberg, who is a dance instructor in Santa Rosa, said her house was destroyed but already her friends in the dance community are rallying around the family.

“We’re going to start from scratch,” she said.

A number of areas in Sonoma County are under evacuation orders including the region west of Highway 101 in the Piner Road area to downtown Forestville, Cloverdale KOA, Palomino Road, Vanoni Road to Gill Creek Road, Arnold Drive to the State Hospital and west of Jack London State Park, according to officials. 

Evacuation centers in Sonoma County have opened at the Cloverdale Citrus Fair, Sebastopol Vets Hall and Sonoma Valley High School, according to officials.

Evacuation orders in Napa County include the Wooden Valley area, Montecito area, Old Sonoma Road to Buhman Avenue, Dealy Lane, Henry Road, Coombsville Road and Wild Horse Valley Road.

Centers for the evacuated have opened at Crosswalk Church, Napa Valley College Gym and the Napa County Fairgrounds, officials said.

The Solano County Sheriff late Monday issued mandatory evacuation orders for Joyce Lane and Twin Sisters Road in Fairfield.

NBC Bay Area has compiled a running list of evacuation orders and evacuations. Those impacted by the fire can also check the Cal Fire website or Nixle for further updates on evacuations. 

For those with large animals, Vintage High School farm is taking animals that need shelter. The Napa County Animal Shelter will hold smaller animals.

The animals and birds at Safari West, a 400-acre African animal preserve in Santa Rosa, were not harmed by the fires.

High winds overnight drove the blazes to spread rapidly across the region, according to officials. The strong gusts also toppled power lines, knocking out power for some and leading to spotty cellular coverage.

Smoke from the fires has drifted across all parts of the Bay Area, as far south as San Jose. People across the Bay Area are advised to limit their outdoor activities and close their windows.

A red-flag warning is in effect through Tuesday morning for the North Bay and East Bay hills, meaning there is an elevated risk for fire danger because of dry conditions and gusty winds. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Canyon Fire Flares Up Early Tuesday]]> Tue, 26 Sep 2017 08:42:32 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Social_Canyon_Fire_Tuesday_AM_1200x675_1055124035567.jpg

The 2,000-acre Canyon fire flared up early Tuesday Sept. 26, 2017 in the hills above Corona. 

<![CDATA[Canyon Fire Scorches Hillside in Corona]]> Tue, 26 Sep 2017 09:35:54 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*120/09-26-2017-wildfire-corona-3.jpg Hundreds of firefighters battled a brush fire, dubbed the "Canyon Fire," that broke out Monday along the 91 Freeway on the border of Orange and Riverside counties.

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<![CDATA[Watch: Canyon Fire Spreads to 2,000 Acres Near 91 Freeway]]> Tue, 26 Sep 2017 04:35:28 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/raw_canyon_fire_9_25_1200x675_1055041603817.jpg

A wildfire broke out near the 91 Freeway near the border of Orange and Riverside counties on Monday, prompting mandatory evacuations for 300 homes. The flames continued overnight with multiple agencies battling the fire relentlessly, with approximately 5 percent of the flames being contained by 2 a.m. Tuesday.

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