Natural Tragedy in Northern California

Whole neighbors have been decimated and as many as 20-thousand people have been evacuated from a series of out-of-control wildfires burning across Northern California. Mandatory evacuation orders are in place for portions of Santa Rosa in Sonoma County, as well as a wide area of Napa County.

At last check, fires in the area have claimed at least ten lives as wildfires rage in California – with most of those of the deaths have happened in Sonoma County north of San Francisco, while others were reported in Napa and Mendocino counties.

So far, more than 73-thousand acres have burned in Northern California, and 15-hundred homes and commercial structures have been damaged. But that’s not the only danger zone to consider. Smoke from the Canyon Two Fire east of Anaheim is darkening the skies over Southern California. That fire is now up to four-thousand acres, with at least six homes lost. Here’s a recap of what firefighters are dealing with this morning (and the most recent update):

  • 37 Fire – Sonoma County is now 2,000 acres and 15% contained.
  • Atlas Fire – south of Lake Berryessa in Napa County remains at 25,000 acres.
  • Canyon 2 Fire – west of Gypsum Canyon in Orange County is now 4,500 acres and 5% contained.
  • Cascade Fire – in Loma Rica (Yuba County) is now 8,200 acres and 10% contained.
  • Cherokee Fire – in Oroville (Butte County) is now 7,500 acres & 25% contained.
  • Nuns Fire – north of Glen Ellen, also in Sonoma County remains at 5,000 acres.
  • Partrick Fire – west of Napa (Napa County) remains at 3,000 acres.
  • Redwood Complex – north of Ukiah [[you-KEYE-uh]] in Mendocino County is now 19,000 acres.
  • Sulphur Fire – Clearlake Oaks in Lake County is now 2,500 acres and 5% contained.
  • Tubbs Fire – also in Napa County has consumed 27,000 acres.

Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency for Napa and Sonoma counties, where fires have already burned thousands of acres, scores of structures and forced thousands of residents to evacuate. The biggest is the Tubbs Fire, which destroyed over 35-thousand-acres in less than 12 hours and has burned neighborhoods in the city of Santa Rosa.

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