Early Monday morning, KQED Arts' Gabe Meline awoke to a glimmer of fire over the ridgeline of his hometown in Santa Rosa. Within a few short hours, it was evident the fire had taken a turn toward the extreme.
"This fire is unlike anything Santa Rosa has ever seen. We evacuated at 6 am to drive through thick smoke to a house in Petaluma, spent the day there with three other families."
Take a look at a first-hand glimpse into the surreal situation unfolding here in Northern California.