"These fires have destroyed structures and continue to threaten thousands of homes, necessitating the evacuation of thousands of residents", said the governor.
"It was an inferno like you've never observed", Sonoma County inhabitant Marian Williams told the Associated Press.
If O'Gorman hadn't been coming home from work to wake her family, "we would have been in the house trapped", she said.
No fires were reported in the Petaluma area early Monday morning, though smoke could be seen over the city. Jerry Brown on Monday declared a state of emergency in Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties.
The city evacuated about 100 homes from Montecito Boulevard and Monte Vista Avenue areas of Alta Heights. One of the blazes in Sonoma County was at 300 acres and has been dubbed the Nuns Fire.
Sutter Hospital and Kaiser Hospital in Santa Rosa are no longer in operation and patients have been evacuated, according to Sonoma County officials. The Redwood Complex Fire injured one person in Mendocino County.
Mandatory evacuation of Circle Oaks West to Atlas Peak.
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The National Weather Service in San Francisco on Sunday issued a "red flag warning" for the Bay Area because of current or impending critical fire weather conditions.
"Warm temperatures, low humidity and locally strong winds will coincide with critically dry fuels", forecasters warned. The Crosswalk Church was opened earlier as a evacuation center, but it's at capacity. The county is working to set up shelters at fairgrounds to house animals. There were 30 to 40mph winds. The flames grew to more than 200 acres near Napa.
Residents throughout the Bay Area could smell the smoke blanketing the valley. The Santa Rosa Police Department said the blaze jumped Highway 101 Monday morning and ignited structures near a shopping area, prompting another neighborhood evacuation.
Business owner Andy Lahiji stood before a burned-out warehouse where he said he had lost his inventory of furniture and other property.
According to reports, the Hilton Sonoma Wine County on Round Barn Boulevard has been completely engulfed in flames as well as a nearby K-Mart.
Cal Fire has ordered 24 strike teams from as far away as San Francisco to try to deal with this unprecedented situation, Belia Ramos, the chair of the Napa County Board of Supervisors told the Register.
Officials said Sonoma County emergency dispatchers were being "overwhelmed by 911 calls" from residents smelling smoke, adding, "Please only call 911 if you see actual unattended flames".