Some evacuation orders in Santa Rosa and Calistoga have been downgraded to warnings.
SONOMA COUNTY, Calif. — Every firefighter who could work came to work and most are still out there, Santa Rosa Fire Chief Tony Gossner said during a press conference Tuesday.
As firefighters that haven’t slept since Sunday, worked to protect homes and mop up hot spots, homeowners like Leo Sheerin are breathing a sigh of relief.
“I don’t know I guess it’s God’s grace that we still have a house to live in,” Sheerin said. “So many people lost their homes.”
He stayed behind during evacuations, just like he did during the Tubbs Fire in 2017.
“No, you can’t sleep during that when you see that whole ridge across burning,” Sheerin said. “No, you’re not going to get any sleep knowing how fast it moves.”
Meanwhile, many Santa Rosa homeowners that did chose to evacuate on Sunday returned on foot to check on their homes two days later.
Eighty structures, described by Cal Fire as “single-family residences” have been destroyed across two counties, as 28 of those structures are in Sonoma County.
“Seeing it standing is kind of important, but we’re just thankful we’re still alive!” Karen Jones, an evacuee said.
Jones and her family came back to pull out valuables, basic essentials and even something for their dog.
“He wouldn’t leave the house without the dog bed!” she said.
Still, she says her family has become all too familiar with evacuations like these that continue to happen, year after year.
“California has had a lot of stuff happen in the last couple of years and it’s just unfortunate that it keeps happening,” she said. “It’s just like, how much more can one state take?”
Jones is hopeful her home will be ok, this time around, even though evacuation orders are still in place. There is no word yet on when they’ll be allowed back in for good.
“Just wait, that’s all we can do is wait,” she said.
Some evacuation orders and warnings in Santa Rosa have been lifted, according to a tweet from Cal Fire.
Effective immediately, the following evacuation orders have been downgraded to warnings:
- Summerfield: All
- Spring Lake: All
- Northeast 1: All
- Northeast 3/Middle Rincon: All
Calistoga: South/Skyhawk, for the following areas within this zone:
- West and North of Mountain Hawk Drive between Highway 12 and San Ramon Way
- West of San Ramon Way
Melita: For the following areas within this zone:
- West of Calistoga Road
- South of Melita, North of Montgomery Drive and all homes accessed from Violette
The following evacuation orders have been lifted:
More evacuation orders have been issued as the Glass Fire has grown to more than 42,000 acres with no containment. The fire spans both Sonoma and Napa counties.
Eighty structures, described by Cal Fire as “single-family residences” have been destroyed across the two counties, as 28 of those structures are in Sonoma County and 52 are in Napa County. Thirty two “minor structures” have also been destroyed, 15 of those structures are in Sonoma County and the remaining 17 are in Napa County.
According to Santa Rosa Police Chief Ray Navarro, multiple people who have been reported missing have all been found.
Santa Rosa Fire Chief Tony Gossner said during the press conference that every firefighter who could work, came to work and most are still out there. He urges everyone to do their part in times like this.
“Take a deep breath, take care of yourself,” Gossner said. “Take care of your neighbors and do everything you can to be part of the solution.”
The Glass Fire started around 4 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, according to Cal Fire LNU Unit Chief Shana Jones, who added that those in evacuation areas need to leave.
“A garden hose is not going to protect your home,” Jones said. “You need to leave so that we can protect you.”
She added that her unit’s first priority is life safety. She also worries that this isn’t the only fire crews will have to fight this year.
“This could happen again,” Jones said. “I pray to God it does not, but we still have a lot of fire season to go.”
Destruction left behind by Glass Fire in Napa, Sonoma counties
Cal Fire provided updates to emergency crews’ responses to the Glass Fire over Facebook Live Monday.
You can watch live by clicking on the video below. If that does not work, click here.
An evacuation warning in Napa County has been upgraded to an evacuation order, according to a tweet from Cal Fire Tuesday morning.
The evacuation order includes the following areas:
- South of Chiles Pope Valley Road
- Eat of Ink Grande Road
- West of Pope Valley Cross Road
- All evacuation warnings in the Angwin area have been upgraded to an evacuation order.
Firefighters say they hope dying winds will allow them to bear down on a wildfire that’s exploded in the Northern California wine country. The Glass Fire tripled in size Monday, with about 70,000 people under evacuation orders, including the entire town of Calistoga.
The Glass Fire is located at North Fork Crystal Springs Road and Crystal Springs Road. It has burned roughly 43,000 acres with no containment. Nearly 8,500 structures are currently threatened, while at least 100 have been destroyed.
- Cross Walk Church: 2590 First Street, Napa
- A Place to Play (Temporary Evacuation Point) 2375 West 3rd Street, Santa Rosa
- Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds (accepting sheltering in cars and RVs. Not ready for congregant sheltering at this point.) 175 Fairgrounds Drive, Peteluma
- Petaluma Veteran’s Building (Temporary Evacuation Point and shelter) 1094 Petaluma Blvd. South, Petaluma
- Sonoma Raceway (Temporary Evacuation Point, car sheltering and camping) 29355 Arnold Dr.
On Monday, California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an emergency proclimation for Napa, Sonoma, and Shasta counties because of the impacts the Glass and Zogg Fires, which includes thousands of acres burned, buildings and homes destroyed, and the evacuation of residents.
So far in this year’s historic fire season, more than 8,100 California wildfires have killed 29 people and destroyed 7,000 buildings.
An evacuation map and details on evacuations and evacuation shelter for the Glass Fire are available on the Napa County website HERE or on the map below.
A Sonoma County evacuation map is available below. Temporary evacuation points have been set up at the Santa Rosa Vets Hall and Petaluma Vets Hall. The Santa Rosa Fairgrounds
Roads are closed in the area of the fire.
Tap here to see a list of current road closures in Napa County
Tap here to see a list of current road closures in Sonoma County
If you live in a wildfire-prone zone, Cal Fire suggests creating a defensible space around your home. A defensible space is an area around a building in which vegetation and other debris is completely cleared. At least 100 feet is recommended.
The Department of Homeland Security suggests assembling an emergency kit that has important documents, N95 respirator masks, supplies to grab with you if you’re forced to leave at a moment’s notice. The agency also suggests signing up for local warning system notifications and know your community’s evacuation plans to best prepare yourself and your family in cases of wildfires.
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