14 separate fires are sweeping across Northern California, touching 8 separate counties. So far, as right now, 4:38PM PST, October 9th, over 1500 structures have been destroyed and 10 lives have been lost. The highest lost comes out of Sonoma County, where 7 lives have been lost. Two died in Napa County and one person is reported to have died in Mendocino County.
So far, about 45,000 people are reported to be without power in Napa and Sonoma Counties.
One of the biggest fires is currently bearing down on Santa Rosa, with the northern part of downtown Santa Rosa being placed under an evacuation order.
The event is being referred to as a firestorm, and is already being called one of the worst in the history of the State. Governor Jerry Brown has already declared a state of emergency.
Orange County is currently in the midst of the brunt of the fires, with 1,000 homes being evacuated in Anaheim Hills. The firestorm is moving rapidly through Anaheim Hills, with Canyon Fire No. 2 now breaking through the California 214 toll road barrier.
As the fire continues, more homes are being evacuated south of the 91 Freeway, just west of the 214 Toll Road. Meanwhile, authorities have closed down the eastbound 91 freeway.
It is not known at this time what started the fires, which appear to have started late Sunday night near Santa Rosa.