Thousands flee and more evacuated as wildfires DESTROY California — California fires MAP

California wildfire map from Cal Fire

Still, thousands of residents are not allowed to return home because of the evacuation orders in many parts of the North Bay, including the most recent ones in Sonoma Valley and Geyserville.

More than 20,000 people were ordered to evacuate as of Tuesday night.

Wildfires raging across broad swaths of northern California have hospitalised hundreds, and charred about 170,000 acres of land, damaged or destroyed at least 3,500 structures and forced almost 20,000 residents to evacuate, local media reports said.

John Van Dyke, standing in his pyjamas near the 101 Freeway in Santa Rosa, watched a hillside in flames from the Tubbs fire.

After a day of cooler weather and calmer winds, officials say low moisture and risky gusty winds will return to the region Wednesday afternoon, complicating firefighters' efforts. "Hopefully, the answer is yes".

The smoke may linger for days, underscoring the need for people to stay indoors as much as possible and avoid strenuous exercise in smoky areas, air regulators cautioned.

California Gov. Jerry Brown has declared an emergency in eight counties: Napa, Sonoma, Yuba, Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Nevada and Orange.

About 1,500 homes and commercial buildings have been destroyed, Ken Pimlott, director of CalFire, told a news conference.

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My long summer of guiding in Montana came to a dismal end with the news of a tragic fire in my hometown of Santa Rosa, California - the place I've spent most of my life, and where I plan to spend the rest of it.

"One of the fires moved more than 16 miles in less than than six hours", says Jonathan Cox, a battalion chief with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, "all the way from the Napa Valley over to Santa Rosa".

"The winds that fanned these fires Sunday night and Monday morning have decreased significantly, but local winds and dry conditions continue to pose a challenge", Cal Fire said. "Nor should we", Hill said.

The intense fires are being described as unlike anything fire officials recall seeing in the area.

"These embers can twist and turn and wind up in other areas that might not be in the direction of the winds", Garcia said. Head said another warning will likely be issued through Thursday. Officials also evacuated areas near the parklands in eastern and northern Santa Rosa.

He said: "All these fires are under investigation". Social media flooded with photographs and videos of the neighborhoods that I once knew, now leveled and reduced to rubble. "We've had hurricanes three weeks in a row, an quake in Mexico City, and then this fire".

In neighborhood after neighborhood, Wine Country residents returned home Tuesday to find utter devastation. Bleary-eyed and clutching a styrofoam cup, Napa resident Justo Perez surveyed the contents of the auto his neighbor loaned him as he fled flames surrounding his home on Atlas Peak Road. There are insurance companies to call, doctors to visit and the pressing question of, "What now?" Residents were instructed to use Oakville Grade to get off the mountain. Without power, they have no water. "They are going through a lot", he added. They're safe - but as seen in photos McCallister shared on Facebook, fire destroyed their house.

"It was just plain lucky", Glenn Ng said. "Just some pictures. I ran to my neighbor's [house] to wake them up, and they barely made it out by the time the flames had taken over our street".

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