All of Calistoga under mandatory evacuation order

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Mandatory evacuations are underway right now for the entire city of Calistoga as wildfires tear through wine country. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Mandatory evacuations are underway right now for the entire city of Calistoga as wildfires tear through wine country. Authorities are telling residents to get out now.

Cloud smoke and particles are flying over the town. Early Wednesday morning, emergency officials started going door to door, asking 2,000 residents to evacuate.

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The concern is gusts of wind from the Tubbs Fire that could blow in that direction.

Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga's main walking street, has wineries, ice cream shops and mineral bath spas. It's all shut down and nothing is open.

There are street closures for Lincoln Avenue and the only cars coming through are those filled with people and their belongings leaving the area.



Oakland police officers are enforcing road closures in Calistoga as the town of 5,000 braces for possible smoke moving its way. But the road closure didn't stop some ladies from rescuing some horses.

"A lady on Facebook said she had some horses two days ago. We couldn't get in and told her we would get in when we could and let us walk," Sonoma Napa Livestock Evacuation's Melanie Loarm said.

As smoke loomed over the area, the horses were happy to see them. "They just came running up to the gate and let us take them," Hillary Merrill said.

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Several residents loaded up their cars with sentimental things, a last-minute pack. "You just don't know what to pack, you run around like crazy, take some pictures," said Calistoga resident Pierrett Therene.

She grabbed a painting of her house, an immeasurable memory given the reality of this situation. "We are just hoping for the best. Everybody says the wind is going to come our way and we might end up losing the house," Therene said.

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"Bro, I got everything valuable to me in my life," said Matthew Gamble. His wife and kids are in San Francisco and he's helping neighbors before he leaves.

"I recommend anybody to get the hell out of here, just get to clear air, preferably go to the coast," he said.

The death toll from California wildfires climbed to 21 and is expected to rise higher still.

That number includes the 17 people in the Bay Area that have died in devastating fires; 11 of those are in Sonoma County alone. Hundreds of people have also been reported missing.

At least 3,500 homes and businesses have been destroyed since the fires started Sunday, making them the third deadliest and most destructive blazes in state history.

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ABC7 News contributed to this report

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