'You can't fight this': California wildfires force evacuation in Sonoma county
By Susie Cagle and Mario Koran
The California governor Gavin Newsom on Sunday declared a statewide emergency, as fire crews worked to control the Kincade fire in California’s wine country, and smaller blazes across the north of the state. In the city of Vallejo, a fierce fire bedeviled commuters.
The unprecedented evacuations had started on Saturday, when about 90,000 people were placed under mandatory evacuation. Authorities expanded the evacuation zone overnight as the fire spread, forcing many to flee in darkness, and again on Sunday morning.
Hundreds of people arrived at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa throughout the night and into Sunday morning. Some came from senior care facilities. More than 300 people slept inside an auditorium filled with cots and wheeled beds. Scores of others stayed in a separate building with their pets.
It’s unclear when people would be able to return to their homes. Although winds had slightly eased on Sunday morning, they were expected to remain fierce throughout the day.