SONOMA COUNTY, CA — The Glass Fire continued to grow Tuesday in Napa and Sonoma counties, engulfing 46,600 acres by 7 p.m. with 2 percent containment.
“Firefighters continue to focus on structure defense in both Sonoma and Napa Countiestoday while also building and reinforcing containment lines,” Cal Fire’s Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit said in an evening update. “Changing winds led to some areas of increased fire activity. Some evacuations in the City of Santa Rosa were downgraded. Firefighters will continue to aggressively fight the fire overnight. Aircraft operations were inhibited by smoky conditions and poor visibility. Hot dry weather is anticipated over the next several days.”
Some 22,310 structures remain threatened by the Glass, Shady and Boysen fires burning in the two North San Francisco Bay Area counties. Cal Fire confirmed at least 52 residences have been destroyed by the blaze in Napa County, while 28 homes have been lost in Sonoma County.
The blaze sparked early Sunday in the Deer Park area outside St. Helena, then spread to Sonoma County and into the city of Santa Rosa.
A state of emergency was declared for the two counties Monday by California Gov. Gavin Newsom, who also requested a presidential major disaster declaration in order to bolster response to the Glass Incident and other destructive wildfires across the state.
Sonoma County officials said 68,000 residents were under mandatory evacuation orders Monday, with at least six evacuation shelters operating, including at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma and at the Petaluma Veteran’s Building.
Late Tuesday, the number of Sonoma County residents under mandatory evacuation orders was 14,388, while 19,655 were under an evacuation warning.
Sonoma County Director of Emergency Management Chris Godley said shelters may soon be consolidated, specifically in Petaluma.
Some Evacuation Orders Lifted In City Of Santa Rosa
At 3 p.m. Tuesday, Cal Fire, the Santa Rosa Fire Department and Santa Rosa Police Department lifted evacuation warnings and downgraded some evacuation orders.
Evacuation warnings were lifted and residents of the following areas may return home at this time:
“Please keep in mind that you may be returning home to areas where fire-related power outages occurred,” Santa Rosa police said.
Meanwhile, evacuation orders were downgraded to warnings for the following zones in the city of Santa Rosa:
- Summerfield: All
- Spring Lake: All
- Northeast 2: All
- Northeast 3/Middle Rincon: All
- Calistoga Evacuation Zone in Santa Rosa – South / Skyhawk, for the following areas within this zone: west of San Ramon Way; west and north of Mountain Hawk Drive between Highway 12 and 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 remain in place in the city of Santa Rosa:
- Calistoga Evacuation Zone in Santa Rosa – South / Skyhawk Zone, for the following areas within this zone: east and south of Mountain Hawk Drive between Highway 12 and San Ramon Way; east of San Ramon
- Melita, for the following areas within this zone: east of Calistoga Road; north of Melita Road between Queen Anne Drive and Montgomery Drive
- Calistoga North Evacuation Zone in Santa Rosa
- Oakmont South
- Oakmont North
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