Authorities in California have ordered the evacuation of Calistoga, a city with a population of 5,000 people. The evacuations come as the wildfires have continued spreading. 29 people have lost their lives but authorities say hundreds are missing since the wildfires began a few days ago.
Napa County officials ordered the evacuation of all residents in the city. The order was announced on Wednesday night and recent reports say Calistoga is now a ghost town after the mandatory evacuation.
Emergency teams continue to battle the wildfires, which have worsened with winds in the area. The state fire chief recently said that prison inmates are helping firefighters with the wildfires.
The wildfires have destroyed hundreds of homes and forced the evacuation of hundreds. Sonoma County Sheriff Rob Giordano said on early Thursday that 463 people were missing. He added that 900 people had been reported missing since the wildfires began but that many had been located.
Two towns in Sonoma County were also evacuated but the biggest evacuation happened in Calistoga, where 5,000 residents were told to evacuate on Wednesday night.
Authorities say the wildfires have burned more than 3,000 buildings. The fires have burned around 170,000 acres.
Evacuations have been ordered for the areas near the wildfires but emergency teams are also going door by door to let everyone know that an evacuation has been going on. State fire chief Ken Pimlott said 30 air tankers, 73 helicopters and thousands of firefighters are battling the wildfires. Officials also confirmed that fire trucks and firefighters are coming from other parts of the US.
25,000 people have been evacuated since the wildfires began. Thousands of homes and businesses are without power. Officials say 15 of the 29 deaths reported have happened in Sonoma County.
Santa Rosa, a city with a population of 174,000 people, has been one of the most affected areas. Santa Rosa Mayor Chris Coursey said officials estimate that 2,834 homes have been destroyed by the wildfires. There have been 900 reports of people missing but officials say 437 of them have been found safe.