North Bay Fires Nearly Contained

Cal Fire advises people to not let their guard down as it prepares for more potential fires.

A man bikes across Mendocino O/C with his daughter as a large plume of black smoke is seen in the distance in Santa Rosa, Calif. Monday, October 9, 2017 as multiple fires break out across Sonoma, Napa and other North Bay counties. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

At 99 percent containment each, the end of the Tubbs and Nuns fires is nearly in sight.

The Tubbs Fire burned 36,807 acres and destroyed about 5,300 structures while the Nuns Fire scorched 56,556 acres and destroyed an estimated 1,200 structures, Cal Fire says Monday. Both are in Sonoma and Napa counties.

Another Sonoma County blaze, the Pocket Fire north of Geyserville, is also 99 percent contained after burning 17,357 acres.

In the three weeks since the “October Fire Seige,” as Cal Fire calls it, the North Bay fires claimed the lives of 43 people as 11,000 firefighters battled 21 major wildfires that destroyed an estimated 8,900 structures, and counting. About 1,000 firefighters are still battling five active wildfires and aren’t letting their guard down, Cal Fire says Monday. 

Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency earlier this month in the counties of Butte, Lake, Solano, Napa, Sonoma, Yuba, Mendocino, Nevada or Orange for the destruction each faced in the fires. As residents return home, Brown also issued an executive order to enlist the help of the Environmental Protection Agency to clean up hazardous waste materials.

 

 

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