SANTA ROSA, CALIFORNIA (CBSMiami) – Much of California is on fire Monday night, with more than 20 major wildfires burning and moving quickly, fueled by strong winds.
There’s not much left of one Sonoma County neighborhood after a wildfire tore through.
One man just had enough time to rescue a picture of his grandparents before fleeing his home in Santa Rosa.
“The fire just jumped… one house would go, then another one. The embers and the wind was the difference,” said the man.
Nearby, crews evacuated hundreds of patients to safety from two hospitals early Monday morning.
The fires started overnight in several locations in Napa and Sonoma counties.
David Ramirez was one hundreds, trying to salvage whatever they could. Just seconds after he fled, his home caught fire.
Home after home was completely engulfed, burning to the ground before firefighters could even arrive.
The wind is the big problem.
Gusts of up to 70 miles an hour are fanning the flames. High temperatures and low humidity are all adding up to perfect conditions for wildfires.
“There were separate fires that started, the causes all under investigation so I have no idea what caused these fires,” said Chief Barry Biermann with the Napa County Fire Department.
In Napa, residents also scrambled to safety with little warning.
“The fireman was right there. He said you have to go right now so we left with what we had and we took the dog and that’s it,” said Napa County evacuee Marlene Rosenberg.
In Anaheim, more people rushed their horses out as Disneyland wilted in the foreground of an orange sky.
Authorities in Sonoma have imposed a curfew Monday night, and are on the lookout for looters.
As firefighters work furiously to get a handle on the flames, they are expecting more to break out throughout the state.
Fire officials say with the fire moving so fast, crews are saving lives first before homes and businesses.
The fires are blamed for at least 10 deaths. More than 70,000 acres have been burned, over 1,500 homes and commercial buildings have been destroyed, and 20,000 people have evacuated.
There’s no word on what started these fires.