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Wildfires force evacuations in Northern California

Staff Writer |
Multiple wildfires have cut power in Northern California's Bay Area and forced evacuations of hundreds of residents on Monday.

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The fires have been fanned by strong, dry northeastern winds and displaced residents.

The National Weather Service reported four separate fires burning, and local authorities said structures have been destroyed in Napa and Sonoma Counties, areas famous in the wine industry.

In the Napa Valley, hundreds of acres have been charred by fires near Atlas Peak and Calistoga. In Sonoma County, evacuations were ordered in the city of Santa Rosa.

Police said early Monday that the fire crossed Highway 101 and ignited structures near a shopping area, prompting another neighborhood evacuation.

"If you live near Cardinal Newman High School or Larkfield, it is time to evacuate," read a message from the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office. Emergency dispatchers were overwhelmed with 911 calls and advised callers to only call if actual flames were spotted.

Officials said Napa Country's Silverado Resort and Spa, which hosted a prominent golf event that ended Sunday, was also evacuated after it lost electrical power.

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