“It’s scary; it’s scary, ”said Lussier, who also left Deer Park in August as the Hennessey fire eventually spread to nearly a third of the area of Napa County. “No lightning, no thunder this time – I don’t know how this fire started. These days when I see people throwing cigarette butts on the streets, I say ‘Oh come on now.’ “
Roland Haylock of Angwin had also left the house on Sunday morning, taking clothes, medicine and pet supplies with him – preparations he had already made a month earlier for the Hennessey fire.
“That’s what it is – I don’t stress these things like other people do,” said stoically Haylock, who works in the information technology department at Pacific Union College. “We just take care of it.
The crowds outside the Napa service center had grown sharply in 24 hours, following new evacuation orders Napa County issued overnight.
As of Monday afternoon, 6,607 people living in 2,643 homes were under evacuation orders from Napa County, according to county spokeswoman Janet Upton. Another 5,007 in 2,003 residences have been covered by evacuation warnings, which do not require immediate departure, but require residents to be ready to leave at all times.
Cal Fire said 8,543 structures were at risk in Napa and Sonoma counties, but no attempt has yet been made to count the destroyed structures.