The Hilton Sonoma is among the hundreds of structures that
have been burned by wildfires in California's wine
A Twitter video shows a part of the hotel engulfed in flames. The Hilton
sits on 13 acres in Santa Rosa, about 55 miles north of San Francisco.
Hilton confirmed that the hotel "sustained damage as a result of the fire."
"Please be advised our hotel is currently closed due to
the wild fires in Santa Rosa," the hotel posted on its Facebook page at
about 8 a.m. on Monday. "All guests and associates were safely evacuated."
California Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday declared a state of
emergency for Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties because of at least two fires that
started in Napa County on Sunday and have since spread to other counties. The
Los Angeles Times, citing local officials, estimated on Monday morning that
wildfires had burned hundreds of structures and almost 50,000 acres. Officials
imposed a mandatory evacuation of thousands of residents in the area.
Last year, Napa Valley attracted about 3.5 million visitors,
up 6.3% from 2015, according to Visit Napa Valley. The Napa Valley is home to
about 400 wineries, while neighboring Sonoma County has about 200.