At least nine people have died in fires that continued to rage in Northern California Monday afternoon.
The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office confirmed seven fire-related deaths in the county, where the Tubbs Fire, fueled by strong winds and dry weather, had charred at least 30,000 acres. Cal Fire said two people have died in the Atlas Fire in Napa County.
Tens of thousands of acres have been burned in multiple fires in Napa and Sonoma Counties, which began Sunday night and early this morning.
The Atlas Fire started around 9:20 p.m. Sunday off Atlas Peak Road south of Lake Berryessa. It had burned 25,000 acres by noon Monday.
A Cal Fire spokesperson in the Sonoma-Lake-Napa unit said power was still out in the St. Helena and Calistoga areas and there wasno cell phone service.
Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for Sonoma and Napa counties in addition Yuba, Lake, Butte, Mendocino, Nevada and Orange counties, because of multiple fires in the areas.