Predawn winds in Santa Rosa helped the Nuns Fire jump firelines and push into two directions, forcing thousands of people to evacuate their homes near Oakmont and northeast of the city of Sonoma.
These fires have been extremely destructive with 5,700 structures estimated to have been destroyed. While crews continue their search for missing people, the death toll has risen to 35. There are ovrr 200 missing people as well. (250-400 missing
The wind, with gusts registering up to 79 miles per hour, combined with the late night timing and response are two elements of the fires' deadly pace, but the growth into fire-prone areas has increased the risk of wildfires consuming places where people live and work.