By Sean McQuilkin
The Tubbs Fire (Sonoma County), and the Atlas Fire (Napa County), are currently raging through these counties, burning up to 57,000 Acres in these two counties up to this point. The fires ignited in the middle of the night, with the first evacuations starting around 2 a.m. Another fire, the Redwood Fire, is currently burning Mendocino County (and also started in the middle of the night), burning up to 2,000 acres. Up to 20,000 people have been evacuated from Santa Rosa, Sonoma, and Napa to this point, and two hospitals (Sutter and Kaiser) in Santa Rosa have been evacuated so far. Schools in Santa Rosa and Napa school districts have been closed for the day. It is unknown how to fire started, but September and October in northern California are prime time for wildfires, due to the dry weather and the heavy gusts of wind. The counties of Sonoma, Napa, and Yuba counties have declared a State of Emergency, meaning a situation of national danger or disaster in which a government suspends normal constitutional procedures in order to regain control. At least one person, from Mendocino County, has died so far as a result of the fires. Numerous of people are listed as missing as a result of the fires.