Live updates: North Bay fires grow to a combined 124,100 acres with no containment
Check here for latest updates on the fires burning in Sonoma, Lake and Napa counties:
10 PM: Evacuation orders extend into Lake County, south of Middletown
Residents of southern Lake County were told to evacuate late Wednesday, a Cal Fire news release said.
The evacuation orders encompassed areas east of Highway 29 beginning at Napa County’s northern border to the southern intersection of Highway 29 at St. Helena Creek Road in Lake County.
All of St. Helena Creek Road, from Highway 29 until the Butts Canyon Intersection, was also under evacuation. Middletown was excluded from the order, fire officials said.
8:30 PM: Healdsburg residents warned they may need to evacuate
Healdsburg officials issued an evacuation warning Wednesday night, telling residents they may be ordered to evacuate as the Walbridge fire in the hills to west continues to grow.
The alert was issued at about 8:13 p.m. through Nixle. It asked residents to not wait to gather their belongings and to check on neighbors to make sure they knew about the warning.
People who feel they are in danger were asked to leave the area in advance, the notice said. Officials warned residents to drive slowly and to yield for emergency personnel.
There was no immediate threat to Windsor residents, located one town over, Windsor officials said Wednesday night.
8 PM: Napa County orders additional evacuations, including St. Helena Hospital
Officials ordered additional evacuations in northern Napa County Wednesday evening, among them the St. Helena Hospital and the community of Angwin.
The new evacuation orders spanned:
– East of Highway 29 from the Lake County line to Silverado Trail.
– East of Silverado Trail from Highway 29 to Highway 128.
– Northwest of Highway 128 to Chiles Pope Valley Road and northwest of Pope Valley Road to Butts Canyon Road.
They also included the residential communities of Angwin and Deer Park east of St. Helena.
A complete list of the evacuation orders in Napa County as of Wednesday night were available on the Napa County Office of Emergency Services’ Nixle page.
7:40 PM: Fires in Sonoma, Napa and Lake counties reach combined 124,100 acres in size
A group of lightning-sparked fires in Sonoma, Napa and Lake counties continued to grow Wednesday, totaling a combined 124,100 acres in size with no containment, Cal Fire said.
Firefighters were seeing short and long range spotting of the blazes, as well as fires that were moving in multiple directions, Cal Fire said. Four civilians had been injured as a result of the fires, the agency said.
The largest fire, the Hennessey fire in Napa County, had spread to 100,000 acres. Three other blazes, the Gamble, Green and Markley fires, were merged with the Hennessey fire, Cal Fire said.
The nearby Spanish fire was at 4,100 acres and the Morgan Fire, which straddled both Napa and Lake counties, was at 3,500 acres, Cal Fire said.
Sonoma County’s Walbridge fire grew to 14,000 acres Wednesday afternoon, up from the 1,500 acres reported Wednesday morning. Near the Sonoma Coast, the Meyers fire north of Jenner that measured 25 acres Wednesday morning had grown to 2,500 acres by 7 p.m., Cal Fire said.
6:30 PM: Evacuation-related school closures announced in Sonoma County
Four west Sonoma County school districts have canceled distanced learning through the end of the week, citing fire-related evacuations.
Online classes at the Guerneville School District, Monte Rio School District, Montgomery School District were postponed through Friday, the Sonoma County Office of Education said.
The Forestville Union School District planned to have students pick up supplies on Friday and start classes on Monday, Superintendent Renee Semik said.
6 PM: Additional evacuation warnings issued along the Sonoma Coast
The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office issued an additional evacuation warning along the Sonoma Coast Wednesday afternoon.
The new warning included areas east of the Sonoma Coast to the south fork of the Gualala River and south of Kruse Ranch Road and Howser Bridge Road to Fort Ross Road. It was designated as zone 1C1 on the county’s evacuation map.
5:30 PM: No rolling blackouts on Wednesday night
The California Independent System Operator announced that it does not expect to trigger any rolling blackouts on Wednesday night to protect the state’s electrical power grid.
Conservation, imported energy and wind production were key factors in averting the blackouts. A Flex Alert remained in place until 9 p.m. Wednesday.
“Thanks to everyone for conserving power and & avoiding power outages. We don’t need outages on top of wildfires,” state Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, tweeted Wednesday.