The Atlas fire, which is just south of Lake Berryessa in Napa Valley, has scorched 5,000 acres since it started. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties as officials estimated the fire had wiped out "well in excess of" 50 structures.
Mandatory evacuations were in place for multiple areas in Napa County, where at least two other blazes on top of the Tubbs Fire are burning.
Fountaingrove Inn, Santa Rosa: The 124 room luxury hotel, which was visible from Highway 101, "fell victim to the devastating fire in Sonoma County", according to a message general manager Justin Hayman posted on Facebook.
Numerous fires spread suddenly, whipped by furious winds.
Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, Santa Rosa: In a statement at 11:30 a.m., the arts center said the main building of the complex had suffered "minimal damage, but that classrooms and the center's east end are destroyed". "If in this area, you need to move out".
Evacuations were also ordered on Partrick Road west of Napa, Soda Canyon Road, and Monticello Road up to the Circle Oaks subdivision, according to Molly Rattigan, deputy county executive officer.
Tens of thousands of people are fleeing Napa and Sonoma County wildfires Monday, Oct. 9. In Napa County, evacuations were underway as firefighters battled blazes.
"As of right now, with these conditions, we can't get in front of this fire and do anything about the forward progress", he said, adding that resources from across California were to begin arriving in the area later Monday.
The only positive news is that fire officials have said that the high winds of last night have died down for the time being, but they are expected to kick up again around sundown, meaning that fast containment is vital. "There was smoke all over the area". Gusts were predicted to be in the 30 miles per hour range in the area of the fire. "It's something that we're having to be very cautious about". The fires forced the closure of all public schools in Santa Rosa and Calistoga on Monday.
Several evacuation centers have been set up, but many have already reached capacity.
Flames were also burning near the Domaine Carneros winery.
Smoke from the multiple fires may create a health hazard, Napa County warned.