Steady winds with gusts up to 45mph (72kph) with almost non-existent humidity are expected to descend on the areas north of San Francisco where at least 23 people have died and at least 3,500 homes and businesses have been destroyed.
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Daniel Berlant says fire activity increased significantly overnight, destroying more buildings and leading to new mandatory evacuations in several areas.
With 21 wildfires now burning in California, agencies throughout the state are pouring assistance into the devastated areas, and four strike teams and a bulldozer from this county are among them, said Mike Eliason, public information officer for Santa Barbara County Fire Department.
The Sonoma County sheriff's officials also said 380 people were still listed missing in wine country. Conditions eased somewhat Tuesday - but the National Weather Service says high winds could return to the area beginning late Wednesday night, with gusts over 50 miles per hour.
Wildfires in Northern California have killed at least 13 people and charred some 120,000 acres.
Seventeen large fires are raging primarily in Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino counties, with near zero containment. At least 3,500 homes and businesses have been destroyed in the devastating fires.
"It's going to continue to get worse before it gets better", state fire Chief Ken Pimlott said on Wednesday.
Officials say trucks are bringing fuel into inaccessible areas and helping fuel emergency vehicles directly from the trucks. For now, they are hoping to make it through the fire safely. "Here we have interpretation of official comments provided by a woman who can read sign language for the deaf relayed to people whose hearing is okay", Howard wrote.
Also from last night, here is video of the woods burning in the Nuns Fire on Mt. Vedeer Road, on the Napa side of the ridge where the fire began early Monday.
Pitre said his law firm has already been contacted by Sonoma County residents who said transformers exploded and wires sparked unrelated to wildfire. "All of these fires are under investigation and it's certainly very early in the process", he said. Some 4,000 people are battling the fires, including crews from Nevada and the U.S. Forest Service.
President Donald Trump on Tuesday approved a major disaster declaration, clearing the way for federal help with the disaster, saying that "the federal government will stand with the people of California".
As of Tuesday evening, Pacific Gas and Electric Company said that some 75,000 customers were without power, including 50,000 in Santa Rosa and 15,000 in the Napa area.
McCallister said that some of those neighbors are the reason she and her husband were able to grab necessities and get out.