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Wildfires Force More Evacuations As Death Toll Rises

CALIFORNIA — Firefighters continue to battle nearly two dozen wildfires across the state as more people are evacuated from their homes and officials attempt to locate hundreds of persons reported as missing.

Overnight fire conditions were very active on several fronts, forcing additional evacuations across Northern California.

There are now 22 large wildfires actively burning, that have charred nearly 170,000 acres.

At this time, 21 people are confirmed to have died in the wildfires this week, with 11 of those deaths in the Tubbs Fire alone, making it the 6th deadliest fire in our state’s history.

While damage assessment continues on all the fires, it is estimated that at least 3,500 homes and commercial structures have been destroyed by the fast-moving wildfires.

As the fires continue to grow, some have burned into each other and are now designated as “complexes” (see below). Many still have zero percent containment.

Emergency Declarations have been proclaimed by Governor Brown for Napa, Sonoma, and Yuba Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Nevada, Orange and Solano counties.

Firefighters are bracing for the winds to shift this evening and increase in speed.

Red Flag Warnings have been issued for much of Northern California starting today, due to gusty winds and low humidity. While these winds may hamper the efforts of firefighters, they will also increase the risk for new wildfires.

Residents are urged to remain prepared for wildfires and have an evacuation plan in place. Learn more by visiting www.ReadyForWildfire.org.

The cause of these fires remains under investigation.

**Cal Fire Incidents**

Southern LNU Complex (6 fires)

Cal Fire Incident Management Team assigned

Atlas Fire

Napa & Solano Counties
South of Lake Berryessa and northeast of Napa
42,349 acres, 3% contained
Significant structures destroyed

Partrick Fire

Napa County, west of Napa
9,523 acres, 2% contained

Nuns Fire

Sonoma County
Highway 12 north of Glen Ellen
7,626 acres, 2% contained

Norrbom Fire

Sonoma County east of Boyes Hot Springs
1,831 acres

Pressley Fire

Sonoma County, East of Rohnert Park
473 acres

Adobe Fire

Sonoma County near Kenwood
8,202 acres

Mendocino-Lake Complex (2 fires)

Cal Fire Incident Management Team assigned

Redwood Valley

Mendocino County
North of Highway 20 in Potter Valley and Redwood Valley
29,500 acres, 5% contained
Significant structures destroyed

Sulphur Fire

Lake County
Clearlake Oaks
2,500 acres, 40% contained

Wind Complex (4 fires)

Cal Fire Incident Management Team assigned

Cascade Fire

Yuba County, Loma Rica area
12,349 acres, 20% contained
Significant structure destroyed

Lobo Fire

Nevada County
Rough and Ready area
857 acres, 30% contained
Multiple structures destroyed

McCourtney Fire

Nevada County southwest of Grass Valley
76 acres, 65% contained

LaPorte Fire

Butte County, Bangor area
3,700 acres, 15% contained

OTHER FIRES

Point Fire

Calaveras County
Highway 26 & Higdon Road, West Point
130 acres, 70% contained

Cherokee Fire

Butte County, north of Oroville
8,360 acres, 45% contained

Honey Fire

Butte County, southwest of Paradise
90 acres, 40% contained

37 Fire

Sonoma County
Highway 37 & Lakeville Highway near Skaggs Island
1,660 acres, 70% contained

Ridge Fire

Lake County, west of Indian Valley Reservoir
87 acres, 75% contained

Jones Fire

Shasta County
40 acres, 100% contained

**Unified Command Incidents**

Central LNU Complex (2 fires)

In unified command with Santa Rosa Fire Department
Cal Fire Incident Management Team assigned

Tubbs Fire

Sonoma and Napa Counties between Calistoga and Santa Rosa
28,000 acres
Significant number of structures destroyed

Pocket Fire

Sonoma County

Pocket Ranch Road and Ridge Ranch Road, Geyserville
1,800 acres

OTHER

Canyon 2 Fire

Orange County
Highway 91 & Gypsum Canyon Road, Anaheim City
8,000 acres, 45% contained
Unified command with Cal Fire, Orange County, Anaheim and City of Orange

**Federal Incidents**

Ice Fire

El Dorado County  NEW

13 miles east of Camino
US Forest Service – El Dorado National Forest
25 acres, 30% contained
Cal Fire is assisting

Pozo Fire

San Luis Obispo County
3 miles west of Pozo
US Forest Service – Los Padres National Forest
35 acres, 100% contained

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