These Are the Wineries Affected by Wildfires in California

1 dead as destructive wildfires torch California wine country

Some of the worst of the wildfires have struck in the heart of wine country: At least three separate fires in Napa and Sonoma counties were burning across more than 50,000 acres as of Monday afternoon, leaving behind charred homes, vineyards and winery buildings.

Fires also burned just to the east in the Napa County as well as in Yuba, Butte and Nevada counties - all north of the state capital. Since the blazes began spreading Sunday, Oct. 8., 17 large fires have burned more than 115,000 acres across California, killing 11 people, so far.

Sonoma County said its hotline had received about 100 missing-person reports, though they expect some are duplicates.

"Many residents had little time to flee due to the fires' rapid and erratic rate of spread through the rural terrain".

Much of the damage was in Santa Rosa, a city home to 175,000 people. Brown wrote in the declaration: "These fires have destroyed structures and continue to threaten thousands of homes, necessitating the evacuation of thousands of residents".

Marian Williams of Kenwood, in Sonoma County, told NBC Bay Area she joined a convoy of neighbors driving through the flames before dawn as one of the fires reached the area's vineyards.

The death toll for the combined swarm of Northern California wildfires - which now stands at 15 or 17 depending on where you look, all still burning - rose with reports of a death in Yuba County and two more in Mendocino. 15 people are already reported dead, and property damage will be in the region of hundreds of millions.

The 5,000-acre Nuns fire burning in Annadel State Park is "rapidly approaching Oakmont", the alert said.

"We have a lot of rebuilding here", Crum said.

That included Orange County in Southern California, where a bush fire on Monday destroyed at least a half-dozen homes in the affluent Anaheim Hills neighbourhood, and forced the evacuation of hundreds of residents, authorities said. He said it took firetrucks ages to arrive Monday morning. They recalled all the possessions they had left behind and were lost.

Most of the damage was in Santa Rosa where the fires destroyed homes, melted the glass off of cars and turned wheels into liquid, according to the AP.

The devastating blazes prompted the governor of California, Jerry Brown, to issue a state of emergency. Tens of thousands of Sonoma County residents have fled, authorities said. He said the power went out around 1 a.m., and he and his colleagues started packing up when someone knocked on the door and told them to run.

The front edge of the fire is relatively small, but the dense cloud of smoke - which is impacting air quality in surrounding cities - is huge, relative to the size of the state.

"For the most part, the vintage is in, and we should still have a viable wine community as we move forward", Ms. Kruse said.

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