More evacuations near Santa Rosa, where 14,000 have lost power and homes burn in Skyhawk neighborhood

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Updates from today:

4:45 a.m. Santa Rosa closes shetler as 11,300 evacuate Sonoma County: Sonoma County officials said an estimated 11,300 people are under evacuation orders in Santa Rosa and unincorporated areas nearby. The county closing an evacuation point it had established at the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building and instead urging evacuees to go either to the Petaluma Fairgrounds or the Sonoma Raceway. County spokesman Paul Gullixson said the move is happening “out of an abundance of caution” as flames threaten the northeast quadrant of Santa Rosa.

3:35 a.m. Evacuation order for Howell Mountain Road area: A mandatory evacuation order was announced at 3:12 a.m. for east of Howell Mountain Road from Crestmont Drive to Cold Springs Road, including Las Posadas Road and Linda Falls Terrace, Napa County said. The area had previously been under a warning. Residents were advised to evacuate via Pope Valley, and not to attempt to evacuate via Deer Park Road. Also placed under mandatory evacuation order was the area bordered by Spring Mountain Road, Madrona Road, Spring Street and White Sulpher Springs Road.

2:46 a.m. Firefighters battle flames, exploding propane tanks in Skyhawk neighborhood : In Santa Rosa’s Skyhawk neighborhood, homes continued to burn early Monday morning, with firefighters stationed throughout the community, hosing down homes and dousing flames. At the entrance of Skyhawk, an officer said he’s been hearing propane tanks explode repeatedly.“I just saw the flames peak over the ridge,” another officer said.

2:38 a.m. Home burning in Skyhawk neighborhood: Homes were burning in the large Skyhawk neighborhood in eastern Santa Rosa early Monday morning and the fire had jumped Highway 12 in Oakmont, where a large senior community was evacuated by bus as flames shot up over nearby hills.

2:37 a.m. Evacuation update for Sonoma County: In Sonoma County, flames forced mandatory evacuations for several neighborhoods on the east edge of Santa Rosa, including the 4,500-resident Oakmont senior community, along with surrounding areas along Highway 12, the main road linking the city to the Sonoma Valley. Residents in the Kenwood area were ordered to evacuate just after midnight. At 2 a.m. evacuation orders were extended south of Annadel State Park, in the area marked by Bennett Valley Road and Warm Springs Road to Savannah Trail, and to the areas around Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. Less than half an hour later, the area around Glen Ellen was ordered to evacuate, along with the area east of Highway 12 between Nuns Canyon Road and Trinity Road.

2:24 a.m. More evacuation orders issued east of Santa Rosa: The areas are southwest of Highway 12, East and north of Warm Springs Road and Northwest of Arnold Drive. Also, northeast of Highway 12, southeast of Nuns Canyon Road/Nelligan Road, southwest of the Napa/Sonoma County Line.

2:19 a.m. Update on evacuated Oakmont seniors: A Chronicle reporter followed a bus full of residents from the Oakmont Village senior living community in Santa Rosa as it left the facility to evacuate residents ahead of the charging Glass Fire early Monday morning. As the bus made its way towards safety, spot fires had already jumped more than a mile from a nearby ridge and ignited both sides of Highway 12. The bus continued on without stopping, as winds shot embers across the roadway. The bus driver, who declined to give her name, said she got called in to help in an emergency. “It was just scary,” she said, describing how it felt like branches were slamming against the sides of the vehicle. “My boss drove during the 2017 fires and gave me the courage. And, of course, God helped,” the driver said. “I was just so happy to help,” A total of five buses were used to evacuate the residents. Read more on the fast-changing Northern California wildfires here.

1:01 a.m. Four areas of Santa Rosa under evacuation warnings: See the maps embedded in this Tweet for details on evacuation areas and routes.

12:55 a.m. Seniors flee fire in Santa Rosa: City buses arrived to evacuate residents from Oakmont Village, a senior living community in Santa Rosa. About 4,500 people live there. Many don’t have cars. The fire is actively burning nearby. Here is video from the scene.

12:46 a.m. Residents fleeing eastern Santa Rosa: Lorraine Fuentez grabbed her elderly neighbor and their go-bags and evacuated out of their senior mobile home park on Calistoga Road around 11:30 p.m. Sunday. They joined a caravan of cars headed toward downtown Santa Rosa and Highway 101 out of town. Fuentez evacuated during the Tubbs Fire, too, which destroyed her daughter’s house in Santa Rosa. “We’ve come to the point that if it burns down, oh well,” Fuentez said. “It feels overwhelming. It feels like, is this going to ever end?”

12:41 a.m. 14,000 Santa Rosa PG&E customers lose power: PG&E said 14,241 homes and businesses it serves in Santa Rosa have lost power, likely because of the fire spreading in the area. At least 3,000 customers in Napa County have no power because of the Glass Fire burning there, a company spokesman said.

12:37 a.m. Kenwood ordered to evacuate: Authorities have expanded evacuations east of Santa Rosa, instructing more people around the Valley of the Moon to flee the flames. Evacuation orders are now in place for Kenwood and beyond on both sides of Highway 12, bounded by Bennett Valley Road in the south and Nelligan Road and Nuns Canyon Road in the east. More information here.

12:35 a.m. Tower of flames, plumes of smoke seen in hills near Santa Rosa: A long line of cars was seen on Montgomery Road in Santa Rosa late Sunday night, driving away from Annadel State Park. Sirens were wailing, as a red glow could be seen in the surrounding hills. About an hour later at the intersection of Los Alamos Road and Sonoma Highway in Melita, an active fire could be seen in the nearby hills. Massive flames and plumes of smoke were billowing into the sky, and popping sounds from the fire could be heard.

11:20 p.m. Evacuations ordered in east Santa Rosa: Several neighborhoods on the eastern edge of Santa Rosa, including the Oakmont senior community, are now under mandatory evacuation orders. Many neighborhoods in the Kenwood area, both north and south of highway 12, were previously warned of possible evacuations.

10:45 p.m. Paradise warned to evacuate: The entire town of Paradise in Butte County was issued an evacuation warning, along with the nearby community of Magalia, while Concow was ordered to evacuate as the North Complex wildfire picked up again amid fast winds. All three of those places were decimated by the November 2018 Camp Fire, the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history.

10:39 p.m. Evacuation warning east of Santa Rosa: Sonoma County sheriff’s deputies warned residents east of Santa Rosa that fast-moving flames along Los Alamos Road were threatening them and people in the area may need to evacuate. Authorities placed evacuation warnings for several areas in and around Kenwood, both north and south of Highway 12. More details here.

10:19 p.m. Calistoga Ranch homes surrounded by flames: Fire scanner traffic indicated that homes in the Calistoga Ranch development were surrounded. Also spot fires were appearing in vineyards along the Silverado Trail.

10:10 p.m. Glass Fire photos show Napa Valley’s Chateau Boswell Winery engulfed in flames: The Chateau Boswell Winery in St. Helena went up in flames Sunday night as the Glass Fire continued to rip through Napa County. Photos taken Sunday by freelance photographer Justin Sullivan show the winery, located off Napa’s Silverado Trail, overtaken by flames. The extent of the damage was not immediately clear. See the photos and read the story here.

10:08 p.m. Chaos in Napa Valley: Fires are breaking out Sunday night on the west side of St. Helena after the fast-moving Glass Fire prompted evacuations on the east side of the Silverado Trail earlier in the day. Read the full story here.

10:02 p.m. Evacuation orders reach St. Helena border: A mandatory evacuation has been ordered near the St. Helena border, while a warning has been issued for the city of St. Helena. The mandatory evacuation order encompasses the 2900 block of White Sulpher Springs Road to the dead end, and north to Spring Mountain Road, according to the Napa County Office of Emergency Services. It also includes 1650 South Whitehall Lane north to White Sulpher Springs Road, west to the county line. The city of St. Helena — from Elmhurst Avenue to Madrona Ave, west of Highway 29 — is under an evacuation warning. An evacuation center is open in Napa, at Crosswalk Community Church, 2590 First St.

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