At least 15 dead as wildfires torch California wine country
Firefighters battled wildfires in California's wine region on Tuesday as the death toll rose to 15 and thousands were left homeless in neighborhoods reduced to ashes.
Dixon told AFP that his own neighborhood was spared when the fire "miraculously" changed direction but many others were not so fortunate.
Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in eight counties -- including wine-producing Napa and Sonoma.
The state fire prevention agency Calfire forecast strong winds for Wednesday, which could fan the fires.
The fires have torched more than 115,000 acres (46,500 hectares) and destroyed over 2,000 homes and businesses, according to the authorities.
US President Donald Trump declared a major disaster in California, freeing up federal funding and resources to help fight the 17 large wildfires in the western state.
Among the dead were a couple aged 99 and 100-years-old from Napa who had been married for 75 years, KTVU-TV said.
Forty-five had been located and the department said it was confident that many of the rest would be found safe.
About 25,000 people have been evacuated in Sonoma County alone, the department said, and 5,000 have sought refuge in shelters.