As the raging fires across Los Angeles and Sonoma Counties continue to threaten people and cause severe damage to buildings in the area, the USA state of California announced on 25 October a state of emergency.
The Camp Fire was later found by investigators to have been caused by a faulty PG&E transmission line. "It is critical that people in evacuation zones heed the warnings from officials and first responders, and have the local and state resources they need as we fight these fires".
Two grass fires burning in the San Francisco Bay Area have shut down a bridge between the cities of Vallejo and Crockett, but it's not known if the fires are related.
As of Monday morning, winds were carrying embers up to a mile ahead of the fire.
A total of 77 structures, including 31 residential buildings, had been destroyed by the blaze as of Saturday, as more than 2,800 personnel were called to the scene, according to Jonathan Cox, spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. No deaths have been reported.
All schools in Sonoma County were closed for Monday and Tuesday as tens of thousands of homes remain under threat.
Firefighters hose down a burning house during the Tick Fire in Agua Dulce, near Santa Clarita, Calif., on Friday. It has burned 47 square miles (122 sq. kilometers) and has destroyed 79 structures. The winery dates back to 1869.
Officials, residents and emergency workers have spent the weekend bracing for the abrupt wind change, which came on nearly exactly as forecasters expected.
Fanned by winds of around 15-20mph, the blaze in the Sepulveda Pass region reportedly spread to more than 500 acres on Monday. "Any updates on school closures for the week will be shared by SCOE each afternoon at 4:00 p.m.", it said.
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Napa County officials also opened several evacuation centers, including one at Napa Valley College, where overnight winds had gusted so strong they toppled four blue portable toilets. More than 3,000 homes have been evacuated.
Meanwhile, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) said it would turn off power in 36 counties for 48 hours or longer, affecting up to two million of people.
In addition to evacuee shelters in Santa Rosa, Petaluma, and Marin County, San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced that the city was welcoming Sonoma County residents who have had to flee. All residents who were told to evacuate have returned home.
"This is the largest evacuation that any of us at the Sheriff's Office can remember", the department tweeted.
Los Angeles International Airport posted to its Twitter that there are now "no flight impacts" due to the fires, however, did warn passengers that some smoke is visible from the airport.
But forecasters with the National Weather Service said high winds would return later in the week and could be the strongest so far this year in the south of the state.
"It was the most fierce wind I have ever seen in the 30-plus years I've lived in our town", Foppoli said.
Though winds aren't forecast to be as strong as the current system, it'll still create risky fire conditions. The west-moving fire is nearing the Getty Center art museum.
Firefighters continue to make progress against the Tick fire in Santa Clarita, boosting containment to 78% by Monday morning.