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The very high winds might have created our nightmare.

Potential Napa-altering fires underway. Began behind Silverado Resort and spreading fast up Atlas Peak, Yountville and Napa. In the eastern hills. Stags Leap area evacuated. Atlas Peak on fire.

Fire also in Calistoga in the western hills and potentially Knights Valley, Details on those are sketchy,

Less than 2 hours old and already out of control. It is currently 11:45PST. I am in Sonoma and one is over the back hills from where I live, but still 4 miles out.

I've never talked to friends in Napa who are this scared over a fire and we get one every year. And the night, is unfortunately, young.
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Stay safe up there, I've only just started reading about this...frightening photos
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I'm sure the firefighters are top notch. Hope everyone and everything stays safe.
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Also now fires in Knights Valley and Calistoga near Tubbs. I make my wine on Tubbs, near Monetlena. It's all happening so fast, can't be sure of whats what.

It's the worst fire since my arrival in 2005 and its less than 3 hours old. Totally out of control.
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Keep us posted and please be very very safe
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Just before leaving the winery tonight the air started smelling overwhelmingly like smoke. We're on the other side of Santa Rosa, so the wind is probably only going to bring us the smell, but it's a scary conditions for fires tonight.
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I am in Santa Rosa too. Fire up here on Petrified Rd and Porter Creek. Also one in Kenwood. Now hearing of one breaking out on Partrick Rd on Mt Veeder.
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Fires reported near Mark West Springs and Riebli Rd. in Santa Rosa, Shiloh and Conde in Windsor and 116 at Fredericks Rd in Sebastopol, now too.
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It is really bad

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The smell of smoke is so strong in San Francisco, I thought it was in my building. I went outside to see if it was in my neighborhood, then when I couldn't see anything, I called the police non emergency line. I couldn't get through at all, I think a lot of people are calling. So, I looked online and read about the Atlas Peak fire and realized that's where the smoke is coming from, plus all the other fires up there that started tonight. I've never seen so many large fires start so quickly and so close together.

I hope everyone is safe tonight.

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we evacuated out of Kenwood about an hour ago.

driving into Sonoma, and looking over the Mayacams to the east, it's just one, big, orange glow.

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Very sad to hear about it. Hope everyone stays safe.

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This is terrible news. Please, everyone; do the smart thing. BE SAFE
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This is a scary story. Those winds driving a new fire in the middle of the night. I can’t imagine how scary that would be to be shocked out of a sound sleep and have to try to gather up and race off.
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Its very bad... reports that William Hill, Darioush and .Stags Leap have been impacted. Silverado CC area is evacuated. James Cole Winery posted on FB they are safe but think they may have lost everything.
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Just tried to get back to Kenwood from Sonoma. CHP turned us around at Arnold Dr.

asked about Kenwood, and the officer said, “It’s on fire”. f*ck.

Hope everyone got out safe.
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Has anyone heard from Merrill?
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#18 Post by Mike Wenzel »

The smell of smoke in Petaluma was overwhelming and woke us up. Hope everyone is/stays safe.

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George Rose took this picture. 101 at River Road in Santa Rosa looking South.
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Neal.Mollen wrote:Has anyone heard from Merrill?
Wondering about her as well.
Terrible news.
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Adam Lee wrote:George Rose took this picture. 101 at River Road in Santa Rosa looking South.
Adam, I recently heard 101 is closed at Bicentennial, and even Kaiser Hospital has been evacuated. I hope you're nowhere near the winery today.

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Signorello Winery - very sad

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Stay safe everyone and good luck!
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Ed Kurtzman wrote:
Adam Lee wrote:George Rose took this picture. 101 at River Road in Santa Rosa looking South.
Adam, I recently heard 101 is closed at Bicentennial, and even Kaiser Hospital has been evacuated. I hope you're nowhere near the winery today.
Thanks Ed. Supposedly (and this is all just being reported through a network of friends) my kids' schools are gone. Willi's Wine Bar and John Ash are gone.

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Friend in Healdsburg reporting lots of evacuations around the area - stores left to burn as firefighters need to instead evacuate hospitals (Sutter and Kaiser), etc.

Hoping we get news of Merrill and everyone soon - stay safe!

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Power is out in Calistoga.
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Wow, seriously sad and scary stuff. Positive thoughts to all those out there. Stay safe.
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#28 Post by Ken Zinns »

Hope everyone in the fire areas stays safe. We've had some big wildfires in the Bay Area over the years, including the 1991 Oakland Hills fire in my area, but these fires make those other ones look small in comparison.
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#29 Post by barrytfreeman »

Very scary -- it seems that there are three separate fires burning. One in Sonoma, one in Calistoga and one on Atlas Peak. Is that right?

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Truly awful. Please be safe, friends. Heart-wrenching to see this unfold.
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#31 Post by patrick c albright »

Driving down 29 you see enormous fires on both sides of the valley.
Devastating.
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#32 Post by Siun o'Connell »

I believe it's actually 10 separate fires - my friend posted:
There are major, completely uncontained fires in every direction- Ukiah/Willits to the north, Lake County to the northeast, Calistoga and Napa to the east, Sonoma and Kenwood to the southeast, Santa Rosa and Windsor to the south, Petaluma to the southwest, Sebastopol and Forestville to the west.
Everything I’ve grown up and lived around for almost my entire life is on fire. I don’t know how to process this.
Evacuation updates etc can be followed here: http://www.nixle.us/city/ca/santa-rosa/
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This is just a massive fire. I know many people who have lost their homes and/or businesses and hundreds more who have evacuated. It was a scary night, we douldn’t sleep. The smell of smoke and the high warm winds from the East. Our Son called at 2am and said Stagecoach Ranch was on fire. His Wife and Son evacuated to her Mom’s home in Moss Beach. My Daughter evacuated from Bennet Vlley to Santa Rosa near the JC and then d to evacuate from there. Many Sonoma County Schools are closed. Roads are a mess, traffic is at a standstill. Took my Wife nearly 2 hours to drive from Forestville to Rohnert Park to get to work.

The effect of this is going to be long lived. The loss of homes and businesses, the displaced residents. The economic hit to the area will be devastating. Still keeping me eye out the back door looking for embers but so far we’re safe in Forestville.
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Neal.Mollen wrote:Has anyone heard from Merrill?
I tried reaching her earlier and have not heard anything.

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barrytfreeman wrote:Very scary -- it seems that there are three separate fires burning. One in Sonoma, one in Calistoga and one on Atlas Peak. Is that right?
The Tubbs Fire in Calistoga burned all the way over the Mayacamas into Santa Rosa! Fountaingrove, Mark West, Montecito Heights, Coffey Park are all effected.
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#36 Post by dteng »

Is this from lightning?
Just crazy.
I'm down on the Peninsula and woke to the smell of smoke.

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20,000 acres burned in Calistoga. Atlas Peak on fire. Silverado Country Club evacuated. Santa Rosa devastated. Fire near Sears Point Raceway. Total freakin' disaster!
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#38 Post by Brian Tuite »

Diane Kessler wrote:
Neal.Mollen wrote:Has anyone heard from Merrill?
I tried reaching her earlier and have not heard anything.
Mike and Leah Smith drove up to Calistoga, said fire was north of Tubbs Lane. Merrill should be OK.
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#39 Post by Eric S n y d e r »

Reading the news - stunned. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone (a LOT of people) affected by this.

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dteng wrote:Is this from lightning?
Just crazy.
I'm down on the Peninsula and woke to the smell of smoke.

Be safe everyone.
No lightning, just high winds dry warm winds blowing West. Likley something like a cigarette tossed out of a moving vehicle.
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#41 Post by Diane Kessler »

I just heard from my son in western Sebastapol. Overwhelming smell of smoke - his bags are packed in case of evacuation. Schools in the area are closed and Santa Rosa Junior College, where he works, is closed. It is a very frightening situation.

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G and H sections of Rohnert Park now being evacuated.
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This is unreal, nauseating.
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#44 Post by SethM »

Thinking about all our friends and hope everyone is safe.

Still dealing with Irma cleanup here. It has been quite a year for disasters.

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#45 Post by Ed Steinway »

We live in Danville, 45 miles to the south of Napa, and we woke up from the smell of the smoke around 2AM. We thought that the fire was nearby because of the smoke. The local news is reporting that cell service is not available for the majority of the residents in the Napa Valley and Santa Rosa.

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#46 Post by Corey N. »

Link to Statewide Fire Map. As a city boy, it blows my mind how many active fires there are in California right now.

Sending best wishes to all who are impacted by these devastating fires.
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#47 Post by Michael Martin »

Terrible, terrible. Living in Colorado, I have seen my fair share of wildfires over the years. Things are never the same afterward. Sad.

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Diane Kessler wrote:
Neal.Mollen wrote:Has anyone heard from Merrill?
I tried reaching her earlier and have not heard anything.
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#49 Post by Siun o'Connell »

Reports cell service is down in some locations -may make it hard to reach folks.

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#50 Post by Matt Latuchie »

I guess I was naive enough to think that following the big rains of late 2016/early 2017, the wild fire threat would be reduced this season.

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