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Tubbs Fire between Calistoga and Santa Rosa in Napa and Sonoma Counties. 36,432 acres and 92% contained.

Rain Favors Firefighting Efforts In California

Cal Fire (photo credit Instagram user monicavega28) Bear Fire, Santa Cruz County Oct. 18, 2017

CALIFORNIA — Rain overnight and higher humidity today helped to reduce the State’s fire activity, with half-to-three-quarters of an inch falling in Northern California.

Nearly 8,000 firefighters continue to battle nine active wildfires burning in California.

The Tubbs Fire alone has broken the record as the most destructive wildfire in California’s history, and to date, 42 people have been confirmed deceased.

As the damage assessment continues, the latest destruction is estimated at 8,400 structures.

There are currently some 15 engines from the Cal Fire Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit assigned to fires in other units.

About 15,000 residents remain evacuated in the State. Taking advantage of cooler temps this weekend, firefighters will concentrate on efforts to strengthen existing containment lines and make it safe for the public to return. Post-fire suppression repair is currently underway, including work on water drainage, preventing erosion, stabilizing hillsides and repairing roads.

Top 20 deadliest California wildfires (Cal Fire)

Red Flag Warnings are in effect across Southern California as gusty winds and low humidity have increased fire danger from Santa Barbara County down to San Diego County. Winds are expected to be strong, with gusts up to 55 miles per hour. In response to the increased fire conditions, Cal Fire has added extra staffing. Residents in Southern California are urged to be cautious outdoor to help prevent sparking a wildfire.

To learn more tips on how to be fire safe visit www.ReadyForWildfire.org.

Since the start of the October Fire Siege on Sunday, October 8, Cal Fire responded to 250 new wildfires. At the peak of the wildfires there were 21 major wildfires that, in total, burned over 245,000 acres, 11,000 firefighters battled the destructive fires that at one time forced 100,000 to evacuate, destroyed an estimated 8,400 structures, and sadly, took the lives of 42 people.

Fires of Interest:

**CAL FIRE Incidents**

CENTRAL LNU COMPLEX (3 fires)
In unified command with Santa Rosa Fire Department & Sonoma County Sheriff
CAL FIRE Incident Management Team assigned

Tubbs Fire
Sonoma and Napa Counties
Between Calistoga and Santa Rosa
36,793 acres, 94% contained
An estimated 5,300 structures destroyed
22 civilian fatalities

Pocket Fire
Sonoma County
North of Geyserville
17,357 acres, 84% contained

Nuns Fire
Sonoma & Napa Counties
East of Hwy 12 from east Santa Rosa to east of Sonoma
56,216 acres, 86% contained
An estimated 1,200 structures destroyed
1 civilian fatality & 1 private water tender operator in Napa County

SOUTHERN LNU COMPLEX (1 fire)
CAL FIRE Incident Management Team assigned
Atlas Fire
Napa & Solano Counties
South of Lake Berryessa and northeast of Napa
51,624 acres, 89% contained
An estimated 741 structures destroyed
6 civilian fatalities

MENDOCINO-LAKE COMPLEX (2 fires)
CAL FIRE Incident Management Team assigned
Redwood Valley
Mendocino County
North of Hwy 20 in Potter Valley and Redwood Valley
36,523 acres, 95% contained
An estimated 540 structures destroyed
8 civilian fatalities

Sulphur Fire
Lake County
Clearlake Oaks
2,207 acres, 96% contained

**Unified Command Incidents**

Bear Fire
Santa Cruz County
Bear Creek Canyon Road, northeast of Boulder Creek
391 acres, 50% contained

**Federal Incidents**

Wilson Fire
Los Angeles County
Mount Wilson, Mount Wilson Observatory
50 acres, 70% contained

Buffalo Fire
San Diego County
Camp Pendleton
1,088 acres, 80% contained

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