SANTA ROSA, Calif. October 9, 2017—Santa Rosa was under siege Monday from a wildfire that quickly burned 20,000 acres and had residents running for their lives.
The Tubbs fire broke out near the northern end of the city, forcing the evacuations of hundreds of homes as well as two hospitals. Witnesses said homes and businesses had burned but it was not clear how many.
The area of Fountaingrove appeared to be particularly hard hit, with photos showing numerous homes as well as the landmark inn on fire. Officials said homes were also lost in the community of Kenwood and at a mobile home park off the 101 Freeway.
Firefighters were also battling flames that had badly damaged a Hilton resort in the Fountaingrove area.
While many evacuation centers were set up, some were filled to capacity due to the large number of people fleeing.