California wildfires force evacuations, threaten wine country

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close Arik Housley gives 'Fox & friends' an on-the-ground update.

Raging wildfires rip through California wine country

Arik Housley gives 'Fox & friends' an on-the-ground update.

Several raging wind-whipped fires forced evacuations Monday in California's famed wine country.

Mandatory evacuations were ordered near Calistoga in Sonoma County, located about 75 miles north of San Francisco, KTVU reported.

The Sonoma County Sheriff's Office said there were multiple fires reported around the county, including a "very large fire" that jumped a freeway and spread into the east side of Santa Rosa.

Multiple fires broke out Sunday night as strong winds buffeted the area. Emergency lines were inundated with callers reporting smoke in the area.

Napa Fire 1

Multiple fires broke out Sunday night in Northern California as strong winds buffeted the area. (Poe Wines)

In neighboring Napa County, officials were battling a 200 acre fire south of Lake Berryessa, located about 65 miles west of Sacramento.

Fire officials said the Atlas Fire broke out at 9:50 p.m. local time and was zero percent contained.

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Downed trees were blocking rural roads as California wildfires continued to spread. (Norma Quintana)

Cal Fire Deputy Chief Scott McLean called the conditions "very volatile."

"People need to be careful," McLean said.

Downed trees were blocking parts of one rural road and fires were burning on both sides of Highway 12 as gusts reached up to 60 mph.

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The National Weather Service issued a warning of dangerous conditions that could lead to rapidly spreading wildfires. (Kurt-Inge Eklund)

“The winds picked up to 40-plus miles per hour probably, very windy, and it changed direction and it headed straight down the valley floor,” Napa resident and Ranch Markets owner Arik Housley told “FOX & Friends.”

The National Weather Service issued a warning of dangerous conditions that could lead to rapidly spreading wildfires, which goes until early Tuesday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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