New US Wildfires Scorch San Francisco Wine Country

In wine country north of San Francisco, California, US firefighters have battled destructive new wildfires as strong winds fanned flames in the already badly scorched state.

The new fires erupted in the famed Napa-Sonoma wine region and in far Northern California’s Shasta County, forcing hasty evacuations of neighbourhoods.

In wine country, flames engulfed the distinctive Chateau Boswell Winery north of St Helena, The Black Rock Inn in the small community of St Helena and multiple homes in the city of Santa Rosa, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Residents of a senior home were among those evacuated.

The wine country blaze had burned 44 square kilometres as of early Monday, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The causes of both new fires were under investigation.