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Wildfires burn more than 1K structures in CA; people reported missing

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A nearby wildfire even causing the evacuation of a hospital in Santa Rosa, in Sonoma County. (Source: KGO/CNN) A nearby wildfire even causing the evacuation of a hospital in Santa Rosa, in Sonoma County. (Source: KGO/CNN)

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO/CNN) - Crews are battling 14 larges blazes in the wine country north of San Francisco, fueled by strong winds. 

At least 1,500 structures have been destroyed in wildfires that have burned tens of thousands of acres, the Associated Press said.

There have been several injuries, and some people have been reported missing. An estimat;ed 20,000 people have been evacuated, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Director Ken Pimlott said.

Gov. Jerry Brown issued a state of emergency for Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties.

"The winds have just been outrageous here tonight, and essentially we are in a mode of saving people's lives and getting people out of harm's way at the moment," Cal Fire Battalion Chief Jonathan Cox said.

Residents in Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties are being forced to evacuate their homes, with a nearby wildfire even causing the evacuation of Kaiser Permanente Hospital and Sutter Hospital in Santa Rosa, in Sonoma County. Shelters have been set up in the affected counties.

"By the time I got things loaded into the car to evacuate with, the hill behind my house looked like it was just ablaze," Nancy Christiansen said.

Fires are also burning in Butte and Nevada counties. As many as 8,000 homes are threatened in Nevada County, the Associated Press reported. 

Mandatory evacuations are in place for several areas, including Porter Creek and the Petrified Forest.

Smoke from the fires drifted into San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose.

In southern California, a fast-moving wildfire in Anaheim is forcing some evacuations.

Copyright 2017 KGO via CNN. All rights reserved. Raycom News Network contributed to this report.

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