VIDEO: 20,000 people forced to evacuate from homes in Lake and Napa counties

Firefighters create a firebreak near a home in Middletown, Calif., on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015. Two of California's fastest-burning wildfires in decades overtook several Northern California towns, killing at least one person and destroying hundreds of homes and businesses. Credit: (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

NAPA COUNTY (KRON) — 20,000 people been forced to leave their homes because of the deadly Valley Fire and are forced to flee to evacuation centers all over Lake and Napa counties.

KRON4’s Will Tran spent Monday morning at the largest evacuation center at Napa Valley Fairground in Calistoga where hundreds of people have set up camp.

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“It’s really hard but the support is phenomenal,” said evacuee Teresa. “The people here are doing so much for us.”

Teresa said she saw the fire across the street and at first didn’t think anything of it.

“But within the hour, we knew we had to get out and we lost everything,” Teresa said.

Teresa was able to pack up her family, including her one-year-old daughter Taylor, before the fire demolished her home.

She said it was confirmed by fire officials that her house was completely destroyed. However, most others are still unsure of the condition their homes are in.

Donations have been pouring into the donation center at the fairgrounds. The Red Cross has received hundreds of water bottles and clothes.

The Red Cross is no longer asking for physical donations. Instead, they are asking for money donations.


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