SONOMA COUNTY, CA — UPDATE, Oct. 10: Mandatory evacuations remained in effect Tuesday morning in Sonoma County as firefighting and rescue efforts continue in a series of a deadly, devastating North Bay wildfires. The Tubbs Fire burning in Napa and Sonoma counties was 27,000 acres and zero percent contained Tuesday morning, with 550 residential and 21 commercial structures destroyed in the wildfire that ravaged an area stretching from Calistoga to Santa Rosa.
The Atlas Fire was 25,000 acres and zero percent contained; the Nuns Fire was 5,000 acres and zero percent contained; and the Partrick Fire was 1,000 acres and zero percent contained, according to Cal Fire officials. At least 125 structures have been lost and 5,000 are threatened in the three fires, which have been combined for firefighting purposes into the Southern LNU Complex Fire.
The 37 Fire, off Highway 37 and Lakeville Highway near Skaggs Island was 2,000 acres and 40-percent contained Tuesday morning.
Authorities Monday confirmed 11 fatalities in Napa and Sonoma counties as a result of the wind-driven wildfires that broke out Sunday — nine in Sonoma County and two in the Atlas Fire in Napa County.
The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors was briefed this morning on the devastation caused by the 27,000-acre Tubbs Fire that has claimed seven lives in the county and discussed what one supervisor called "woefully
inadequate" communication to county residents about the fire.
Sonoma County Assistant Fire Marshal Andrew Parsons said the Army National Guard was flying over the county this morning to get updated information about the extent of destruction.
The fire started around 9:45 p.m. Sunday off state Highway 128 and Bennett Lane in Calistoga. Fierce sustained winds drove the fire west to Santa Rosa, causing the worst damage in the north county and in northwest and northeast Santa Rosa where mandatory evacuations remain in effect.
Cal Fire assumed control over operations of the Tubbs Fire at 7 a.m. Tuesday, Parsons said.
Sonoma County sheriff's officials said 25,000 people have been evacuated, and they have received about 150 missing persons reports.
Parsons said 4,991 people are living in 34 evacuation centers that can accommodate 9,157 people, and 51,000 people are without power.
Board members expressed concern about the effects the temporary closures of Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa Medical Center and Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital are having on local health clinics and the ability of
patients to renew their prescriptions.
Board member David Rabbitt said the county's effort to provide information about the fires was "woefully inadequate," and other board members agreed.
"We had a press conference at 5 p.m. Monday. It should have been at 10 a.m.," Rabbitt said.
"I got a call from Sen. (Dianne) Feinstein and I had no information to give her. We need to work on the poor communication," Rabbitt said.
Another news conference is at 1 p.m., but the location has not been confirmed, County Administrator Sheryl Bratton said.
According to Sonoma County officials, the following mandatory evacuations remained in effect Tuesday morning:
- Wall Rd - North of Trinity Rd
- Cavedale Rd.
- Frederick Ranch Rd (Lakeville Area
- Rincon Valley – North of Montecito Blvd from Brush Creek Road to eastern city limits
- Sonoma Developmental Center
- Sonoma Valley – Mission Highland, Norrbom Rd., Gehricke Rd.
- Montecito Heights neighborhood
- Cross Creek Road
- Sky Farm Neighborhood
- Saint Andrews Drive
- North Fountaingrove Parkway
- East of Fulton Rd from Guerneville Road to River Roa
- Rohnert Park Area - Roberts Road, Lichau Road, Pressley Road, Sonoma Mountain Road
- Cloverdale KOA
- Palomino Road, Cloverdale area
- Vanoni Rd to Gill Creek, all direction
- Arnold Drive at State hospital in between Madrone Rd. and Warm Springs Rd.
- West of Jack London State Park
- 101 west to downtown Forestville – south of River Rd. and North of Pine
- All of Glen Ellen
Bay City News Service contributed to this report.
PREVIOUS WILDFIRE COVERAGE: Ten people died and two were injured in Northern California wildfires, according to authorities. Two victims died in the Atlas Fire in Napa County, while seven are confirmed dead in Sonoma County, where the 25,000-acre Tubbs Fire raged into Santa Rosa Sunday evening and early Monday. One victim was reported in Mendocino County where the Redwood and Potter fires are burning.
California Gov. Jerry Brown issued an emergency proclamation Monday in response to the devastating wildfires burning in Sonoma and Napa counties. The Tubbs and Atlas fires have "damaged critical infrastructure, threatened thousands of homes and caused the evacuation of residents," Brown said in the declaration, which mobilizes the California National Guard and frees up resources for firefighting efforts as well as for fire victims.
Cal Fire officials say an estimated 1,500 homes and commercial structures have been destroyed in Napa and Sonoma counties since the fires broke out Sunday evening and raged overnight into Monday. The latest blaze to break out is 1,500 acres in the area of state Highway 37 and Lakeville Highway at Sears Point in Sonoma County.
The Tubbs fire burning in an area stretching from Calistoga to Santa Rosa crossed Highway 101 in Santa Rosa at about 2 a.m. Monday and ignited structures west of the freeway in the area of Kohl's department store on Hopper Avenue, according to the Santa Rosa Police Department.
At 10:46 a.m. Monday, Santa Rosa police and fire officials ordered a mandatory evacuation for Rincon Valley areas north of Montecito Boulevard from Brush Creek Road to the eastern city limits, and all of the Oakmont area east of Melita Road due to the Tubbs Fire.
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"This notice affects all residents and businesses in this area," officials said. "The fire is moving extremely rapidly. Get out now. This is a life-threatening event. Head to the west. Traffic control is taking place at Highway 12 and Los Alamos to facilitate the evacuation."
Combined, the Santa Rosa fire and the Tubbs fire in Calistoga was 25,000 acres in size as of midday Monday, while the Nuns Fire near state Highway 12 north of Glen Ellen had burned at least 5,000 acres as of noon Monday, Cal Fire officials said.
Earlier Monday morning, residents and businesses north of Hopper Avenue between Highway 101 and Coffey Lane were ordered to evacuate.
Santa Rosa police say any residents who have been evacuated during the course of the fire should not return home until notified by city officials.
"The fire is not contained — no area has been determined clear and safe at this point," Santa Rosa police said.
There are reports that multiple homes, wineries and businesses, including a Kmart, an Applebee's, an Arby's and a McDonald's in Santa Rosa, were lost to the wildfires. Buildings at the Hilton Sonoma Wine Country hotel also burned.
Cardinal Newman High School in unincorporated Sonoma County near the north city limits of Santa Rosa has sustained damage from the Tubbs Fire, according to a city spokesperson. Santa Rosa city spokesperson Adriane Mertens confirmed that the school had sustained some damage but couldn't confirm the extent of it.
Looting was reported Monday in Santa Rosa.
Flights are canceled at Charles Schulz-Sonoma County Airport.
Sonoma County officials reported that Sutter Hospital and Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Santa Rosa are no longer operational. Patients have been evacuated to Kaiser in San Rafael and other local hospitals, Kaiser Permanente officials said, adding that all appointments scheduled for Monday in Santa Rosa and Napa have been canceled.
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The Luther Burbank Center for the Arts released a statement this morning saying that the performance venue in north Santa Rosa has sustained some damage but said the extent has not been determined. The statement from the performance venue, which holds about 1,700 people for various events, says the center is closed today and all staff are safe.
Sonoma County and Santa Rosa law enforcement officials say they are expecting multiple casualties after fire tore through multi-family dwellings,0 including the Journey's End mobile home park at 3575 Mendocino Ave. in Santa Rosa and the Estancia Apartments at 4440 Old Redwood Highway in Santa Rosa.
"There were numerous other multi-family living buildings and motels that burned," said Sonoma County sheriff's Sgt. Spencer Crum.
Santa Rosa Assistant Fire Marshal Paul Lowenthal said, "Blocks and blocks of neighborhoods were completely destroyed."
"The volume of residences, multi-family units and commercial buildings is pretty incredible," Lowenthal said.
The Fountaingrove, Coffey Park and Hopper Avenue areas of northwest Santa Rosa were hard hit, Lowenthal said.
"It was mostly the northwest and northeast areas of the city, north of Russell Avenue and Piner Road. The volume of destruction is hard to comprehend. It's unprecedented in Santa Rosa," he said.
"People were separated or trapped and had to be rescued. Firefighters from all over Northern California inundated our neighborhoods and commercial complexes in Santa Rosa," Lowenthal said.
Elsewhere in the county, residents of Glen Ellen were ordered to evacuate at about 8 a.m.
At 9:32 a.m., additional mandatory evacuations were ordered in Sonoma Valley for the area of Mission Highland, Norrbom Road and Gehricke Road areas.
At 7:16 a.m., Sonoma County sheriff's officials said mandatory evacuations were now in effect for Roberts, Lichau, Pressley and Sonoma Mountain roads.
At 6:23 a.m., the city of Rohnert Park issued mandatory evacuations for the G and H sections. Voluntary evacuations are underway for Section K. Rohnert Park public safety officials said in an update at 10:36 a.m. that evacuation orders for the G and H sections have been downgraded to voluntary, along with the K section.
"Fire that was an eminent threat near G and H sections is under control," Rohnert Park public safety officials said. "Our recommendation is to seek shelter elsewhere. There are fires actively burning east of Rohnert Park. If conditions change, we will update evacuation status."
At 5:30 a.m. Monday, mandatory evacuations were ordered for residents west of Highway 101 in the Piner Road area to downtown Forestville; Cloverdale KOA; Palomino Road, all directions; Vanoni Road to Gill Creek Road, all directions; Arnold Drive to the State Hospital and west of Jack London State Park.
Mandatory evacuations were issued at about 4 a.m. for Santa Rosa east of Fulton Road between Guerneville Road and River Road. "If you are in this area, you need to leave immediately," Sonoma County Sheriff's officials said.
The evacuation center at Finley Community Center on West College Avenue and Stony Point Road in Santa Rosa was reportedly full, however, the Veterans Memorial Building at 1351 Maple Ave. in Santa Rosa is now serving as an evacuation center. The Petaluma Community Center at 320 N. McDowell Blvd. was opened to Sonoma County fire evacuees but was at capacity at 5:30 a.m. Monday.
The Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, is taking in large animals, as is Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds, 175 Fairgrounds Drive in Petaluma.
Sonoma Valley High School has been designated as the evacuation center for Sonoma Valley residents.
Evacuation shelters have also since opened at Cloverdale Citrus Fair, 1 Citrus Fair Drive; Sebastopol Veterans Hall, 282 S. High St.; Healdsburg Community Center; Veterans Memorial Building, 1094 Petaluma Blvd. South, Petaluma; New Life Christian Church, 1310 Clegg St., Petaluma; and at Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds, 175 Fairgrounds Dr., Petaluma.
"Significant fire activity in Kenwood, Glen Ellen and Schellville areas," Sonoma police said. "Be alert for debris in the roadway and downed power lines."
At 5:15 a.m., photographer Al Francis said flames were visible from Rohnert Park in the hills east of Sonoma State University.
"The fire is in the distance, but the smoke has engulfed Rohnert Park," Francis said. 'The fire appears to stretch along a 5-mile stretch east of Petaluma Hill Road. Bigger issues in the northeast area of Santa Rosa. Lots of people in a Rohnert Park Starbucks are stating they have been evacuated."
There were no reports of fires in Petaluma, police in Petaluma said. Residents are asked to call 911 to report a fire only if they see flames. Likewise, there were no fires burning in Healdsburg, city officials said.
Widespread power outages continued across Sonoma County, with reports of little to no cellphone or internet service in some areas of Napa and Sonoma.
All of Calistoga was without power until at least 10 a.m., city officials said. Multiple fires are burning in the area between Petrified Forest Road in Calistoga and the Knights Valley area in Sonoma County.
California Highway Patrol officials asked everyone to stay off the roadways unless they have been ordered to evacuate.
Classes were canceled Monday at schools in the city of Santa Rosa and in the Calistoga, Windsor, Mark West Springs, city of Petaluma, Twin Hills, Sebastopol Union, Monte Rio, Dunham, Alexander Valley, Geyserville, Cloverdale, Bennett Valley, Rincon Valley, Forestville and Kenwood school districts.
All Santa Rosa Junior College classes are also canceled Monday, as are classes at Sonoma State University.
The fires also spread to Larkfield, and residents have been evacuated, according to the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office.
"If you don't live in the area, stay away," sheriff's officials said. "Traffic is gridlocked. Do not come NB 101, it is closed down near Bicentennial."
In an earlier alert sent at 11:14 p.m. Sunday, Sonoma County officials advised a fire was burning in the Calistoga area and said residents of Porter Creek, Petrified Forest, Franz Valley and Mountain Home Ranch Road should evacuate and get to safety.
"The (Santa Rosa) fire from Porter Creek Road has spread very quickly and has moved down Mark West Road to Riebli, Thomas Lake Harris toward Fountaingrove," sheriff's officials said in an another alert sent at 1:22 a.m. "The fire has also spread to Shiloh Ridge. Mass evacuations are taking place. If in this area, you need to move out."
At 1:36 a.m., officials said the Santa Rosa Fire has spread to the area of Mark West and Ursuline Drive in Larkfield. "If you live near Cardinal Newman High School or Larkfield, it is time to evacuate," sheriff's officials said.
The Santa Rosa Police Department said the Santa Rosa Fire Department at 1:41 a.m. Monday ordered more mandatory evacuations due to the rapidly moving fires.
"This notice affects all residents and businesses in Skyfarm, Fountaingrove Parkway and Montecito Heights area, bounded by Markwest Springs road, Brush Creek Road, Mendocino Avenue/Old Redwood Highway, to the southern border of Montecito Heights," police said.
A fire was also reported on Lawndale Road in Kenwood, according to the sheriff's office.
At 1:50 a.m. Monday, the Napa County Sheriff's Office said a hard closure of Highway 128 was in place from Tubbs Lane in Napa County, with mandatory evacuations for residents along Highway 128 west to the city of Santa Rosa in Sonoma County.
Highway 37 has reopened following a grass fire near Novato.
Sunday, a fire south of the Napa County Airport destroyed two structures and dozens of cars in a salvage yard.
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Photos: 1. Rudy Habibe, from Puerto Rico, and his service dog Maximus walk toward a burning building at the Hilton Sonoma Wine Country hotel, where he was a guest, in Santa Rosa, Calif., Monday, Oct. 9, 2017. Wildfires whipped by powerful winds swept through Northern California sending residents on a headlong flight to safety through smoke and flames as homes burned. (Jeff Chiu/Associated Press); 2. Smoke rises from an Arby's Restaurant that was destroyed by a wildfire in Santa Rosa, Calif., Monday, Oct. 9, 2017. (Jeff Chiu/Associated Press); 3. Flames rise from the remains of a burned down commercial building in Santa Rosa, Calif., Monday, Oct. 9, 2017. (Jeff Chiu/Associated Press); 4. The remains of a car sits near the Fountaingrove Inn Hotel as it burns at rear in Santa Rosa, Calif., Monday, Oct. 9, 2017. (Jeff Chiu/Associated Press; 5. Two women hug as they watch houses burn in Santa Rosa, Calif., Monday, Oct. 9, 2017. (Jeff Chiu/Associated Press)
Photo 6: Cardinal Newman High School damaged in Santa Rosa Tubbs Fire. (Photo submitted by Patch reader)
Photos 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 taken in Santa Rosa, Oct. 9, 2017 by Al Francis/Napasonomaphotos.com : (A fire crew pours water on a structure fire at a furniture store off Bicentennial in Santa Rosa. Several fire companies from San Francisco, Mountain View were among many Bay Area crews providing mutual aid to battle fires in Santa Rosa.)
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