Wind-driven firestorms leave widespread devastation across the state
By Los Angeles Times staff
Oct 11, 2017 | 11:55 AM
Northern California – Atlas and Tubbs fires
As devastating wildfires continued to spread in Sonoma and Napa counties Wednesday, firefighters launched a desperate effort to extinguish key hot spots before heavy, fire-stoking winds could kick back up later in the evening.
Officials fear that strong winds forecast for Wednesday evening and Thursday morning will spread embers from the deadly Tubbs fire to populated areas of Santa Rosa and Calistoga that have so far been spared — a development that would prompt new evacuations.
A private home perched on top of a hill sits in the foreground of a fire moving up on Shiloh Ridge near Santa Rosa.
Aerial view of the damage caused by wildfire that destroyed the Coffey Park neighborhood in Santa Rosa.
Fire lights up the night sky framed by a vineyard near Kenwood.
Chloe Hoskins, 7, wearing a bandanna to protect herself from the smoke and ash, checks on a neighbor's burned-out property with her father in the Coffey Park neighborhood in Santa Rosa.
Anita and Todd McNeive look for anything to salvage from their burned home in the Fountaingrove neighborhood in Santa Rosa.
Edward Wright removes melted jewelry from a safe that was in the garage of his Santa Rosa home before it was destroyed Monday morning.
Jim Hanks removes a fawn he found in the backyard pond of his Fountaingrove home, one of the only homes on the block that survived the Monday morning inferno in Santa Rosa.
A swimming pool reflects the damage caused by the wildfires that moved through neighborhoods near Glen Ellen.
Grape leaves are silhouetted against the rising sun as smoke chokes the sky near Kenwood in Sonoma County.
A Fountaingrove resident surveys his destroyed home he has owned for 4 years in Santa Rosa.
Bill Cutting surveys the damage to his best friend's home in Hidden Valley, where most of the homes were destroyed by fire, in Santa Rosa.
Southern California — Canyon 2 fire
Orange County fire officials evacuated more than 5,000 homes in three cities as the fast-moving fire grew. At least 12 homes were destroyed after the fire raced up a hillside.
The Canyon 2 fire also forced the closure of nine schools Tuesday. Six — Anaheim Hills Elementary, Canyon Rim Elementary, Chapman Hills Elementary, Linda Vista Elementary, Panorama Elementary and Running Springs Elementary — were all expected to remain closed Wednesday, school district officials said.