Interactive Fire Maps: Mandatory evacuations in Santa Rosa

 

(KRON) KRON4’s Henry Wofford is reporting as of 11 a.m. that the fire in Santa Rosa is now burning away from homes.

On Saturday, an unknown number of additional structures burned down in a rural area, said Daniel Berlant, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Judy Guttridge, who was evacuating for the second time this week, said her daughter saw flames advancing over the side of a hill around the same time Bordigioni did and told the family to get out.

“I have good insurance, everything,” she said. “All the kids, grandkids, great-grandkids are fine. I’m OK with that.”

Firefighters spent much of the last week digging defense lines to keep the flames from spreading. On Friday, they tried to fortify the edge of Sonoma using bulldozers and other heavy equipment.

But if winds push the flames over that barrier, neighborhoods including some of the town’s costliest homes were in the path, along with a historic central plaza built centuries ago when the area was under Spanish rule.

The renewed strength of the winds was “testing the work that we accomplished,” Berlant said. The greatest risk was that winds would blow embers across the firebreaks and ignite new blazes.

Winds gusting up to 40 mph were expected to continue throughout the day and into the evening.

Earlier Saturday morning there were new evacuations in Sonoma County.

From Santa Rosa Police/Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office:

This includes both sides of Hwy 12 and any/all side roads in between. Everybody needs to evacuate westbound on Hwy 12 to Santa Rosa immediately.

If you live in these neighborhoods, evacuate your homes immediately, head westbound toward Santa Rosa, southbound on Farmers Ln, westbound on Highway 12 to Finley Community Center or Sonoma County Fairgrounds, which are current evacuation center.

Oakmont remains a mandatory evacuation area. Police ask that you evacuate your homes immediately, westbound toward Santa Rosa. It is recommended to head toward Finley Community Center or Sonoma County Fairgrounds, which are current evacuation centers.


This includes all of Skyhawk, Oakmont, and much of Rincon Valley.

Buses available to take you to evacuation centers. Locations: Sonoma Vets Bldg, 126 First Street, W. AND Highway 12 & Calistoga Rd (St. Francis Shopping Center)

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The scale of the disaster also became clearer as authorities said the fires had chased an estimated 90,000 people from their homes and destroyed at least 5,700 homes and businesses. The death toll rose to 35, making this the deadliest and most destructive series of wildfires in California history. The deaths were briefly tallied at 36, but authorities said one was double-counted.

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