Wine Country Wildfires Torch California Homes

A thick cloud of black smoke rises from a burning junkyard in American Canyon on Sunday

McDowell Blvd.is open to fire evacuees from the fires in Sonoma and Santa Rosa.

At least one person has been killed and two seriously injured in fast-spreading wildfires in northern California wine country, officials say.

The Atlas Peak fire was the largest, quickly growing to more than 200 acres near Napa, and a fire near Calistoga had burned several buildings and prompted mandatory evacuations along several roads.

Earlier, California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties because of wildfires that the governor says are threatening thousands of homes.

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San Francisco Chronicle reporter Kurtis Alexander shared footage on Twitter on Monday of both a Hilton hotel and a Kmart on fire in Santa Rosa.

An emergency evacuation center was full at the Finley Community Center in west Santa Rosa, located at 2060 W. College Ave.

Firefighters were battling a 200-acre (80.9-hectare) wildfire in Napa County, an area almost 70 miles north of San Francisco that is known for its vineyards, since late Sunday evening, according to the state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Deputies were dispatched to help firefighters and California Highway Patrol officers with evacuations, according to the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office. The fire is believed to have begun late Sunday night near Highway 128 in Napa County and progressed towards Santa Rosa city limits. The fires spread across roads and burned several structures, local officials told CNN.

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Residents throughout the Bay Area could smell the smoke blanketing the valley. There were 30 to 40 miles per hour winds. Officials said the Silverado Country Club - site of this week's PGA Tour tournament - was evacuated.

Numerous people had been hurt and some were missing, although no estimates were immediately available, said California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Director Ken Pimlott.

"Very, very volatile fire conditions", McLean said.

Though he was rushing to escape the flames, Larsen also looked out for his neighbor who lived up the street. They have also been ordered in the North Bay for Porter Creek, Petrified Forest, Franz Valley and Mountain Home Ranch Rd.

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By 3 a.m. flames had jumped Highway 101 on the fire's westward march, as strong winds pushed ash and smoke over a wide area of the city. The county is working to set up shelters at fairgrounds to house animals.

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