Fire Hits Just Above the Belt: Overview of the Fires Burning From Mendocino to Sonoma

Map of fires in California

Crop of a map showing the many fires currently burning in California. [Click here for an interactive version]

Last night thousands of acres caught fire across California. The vast majority of those acres occurred above the narrow area which stretches from the San Francisco Bay to Lake Tahoe. The pink area of the map above indicates that the kind of weather conditions that make fires more likely exist there.

The pink area of the map above indicates that the kind of weather conditions that make fires more likely exist there. The dark red areas are roughly where hot spots were photographed by satellite early this morning. At this point, we do not have more exact maps.

The Fires That Started Burning in Northern California Since Yesterday Afternoon:

Tubbs Fire: Updated: October 09, 2017 7:33 am
County: Napa County
Location: off of Hwy 128 and Bennett Ln, Calistoga
Acres Burned – Containment: 20,000 acres
Nuns Fire: Updated: October 09, 2017 7:33 am
County: Sonoma County
Location: Hwy 12, north of Glen Ellen
Acres Burned – Containment: 300 acres
Patrick Fire: Updated: October 09, 2017 7:33 am
County: Napa County
Location: off Patrick Rd, west of Napa
Acres Burned – Containment: 100 acres
Atlas Fire: more info… Updated: October 09, 2017 8:42 am
County: Napa County
Location: off of Altas Peak Rd, south of Lake Berryessa
Acres Burned – Containment: 5,000 acres
Evacuation Info: Napa County Sheriff Evacuation Information
Redwood Fire: more info… Updated: October 09, 2017 9:24 am
County: Mendocino County
Location: North of Hwy 20, west of Mendocino National Forest, south of Black Bart
Acres Burned – Containment: 4,500 acres
Evacuation Info: Evacuations are in place for Redwood Valley.Evacuation centers: Ukiah High School and Willits City Hall.
The large animal evacuation center is at Ukiah Fair Grounds.
Cherokee Fire: more info… Updated: October 09, 2017 6:13 am
County: Butte County
Location: off Cherokee Road and Zonalea Lane, Oroville
Acres Burned – Containment: 1,000 acres
Evacuation Info: Evacuation orders issued for Red Tape Rd. West to the Sand Mine. Table Mtn Ranch east of Table Mtn Rd. Table Mountain Blvd from the Cottonwood Rd. to Hwy 70, Table Mountain Ranch & Coal Canyon & Roads off of those streets.
Evacuation Warnings: East side of Cherokee Rd. from Red Tape Rd. to Derrick Rd. All of Coal Canyon Rd. Nelson Ave. from the bridge over the Forebay west to Wilbur Rd.
McCourtney Fire: Updated: October 09, 2017 6:36 am
County: Nevada County
Location: McCourtney Rd and Hwy 20, Grass Valley
Acres Burned – Containment: 200 acres
Potter Fire: more info… Updated: October 09, 2017 8:58 am
County: Mendocino County
Location: Busch Lane, Potter Valley
Acres Burned – Containment: 1,500 acres
Point Fire: more info… Updated: October 09, 2017 8:42 am
County: Calaveras County
Location: Hwy 26 and Higdon Rd., West Point
Acres Burned – Containment: 150 acres
La Porte Fire: Updated: October 09, 2017 9:03 am
County: Butte County
Location: La Porte Rd and Oro Bangor Hwy, Bangor
Acres Burned – Containment: 3,000 acres
Cascade Fire: Updated: October 09, 2017 6:31 am
County: Yuba County
Location: Cascade Way and Marysville Rd, north of Collins Lake
Acres Burned – Containment: 2,500 acres
Blue Fire: more info… Updated: October 08, 2017 6:31 pm
County: Humboldt County
Location: off of Blue Lake Blvd and Hwy 299, east of Eureka
Acres Burned – Containment: 20 acres 50% contained No structures destroyed.

The Roads:

Caltrans reports as of 9:22 a.m.,

With U.S. Highway 101 closed by wildfires in Mendocino County, we’ve arranged for the federal contractors on Route 36 to allow traffic queues through the work site on Buck Mountain in Humboldt County to improve access to and from Interstate 5.[The crosed out area is not accurate.]

Additionally, Route 299 reopened to one-way controlled traffic on a 24/7 basis at the Helena Fire closure near Junction City in Trinity County. Motorists should anticipate approximately 60 minutes of delays between Arcata and Redding.

Route 20 in Lake County has not been closed by fire activity yet, but changing conditions could result in a closure at any time. Some local roads which intersect with Route 20 *have* been closed, which resulted in some miscommunications earlier this morning. Route 20 remains open at this time.

There is still no estimated time to reopening U.S. Highway 101 near Redwood Valley.

UPDATE 10:48 a.m.: One Dead, Multiple Structures Burned, Numerous Injuries, One Looter Arrested in Redwood Complex Fire




  • What an insane night. The “perfect” firestorm. Following with the MODIS satellite imagery, some of these fires were growing at a rate of 50+ acres PER MINUTE into residential areas. Incredibly long range spotting with the high winds.

    Thanks for the updates Kym

  • Why did so many fires start at more or less the same time? Seems a little odd…..Any information on this other than speculation?

    • The areas where we have fires saw very windy conditions last night. I’ve seen quite a few pictures this morning of trees knocked over and topped in western Nevada County. It’s safe to assume these are mostly power line related.

    • My understanding is a combination of ferocious winds, trees into swaying power lines, arcing electrical fire, wind carrying sparks and ash many miles from source fires and starting new fires…

  • I’ve been watching these fires since 4am.PLEASE PRAY for everyone this is a really bad one. Lots of winery’s gone,community’s gone it’s heartbreaking.🙏🙏🙏🙏watching evacuations from the Sutter hospital with flames shooting out behind them.same at kaiser!devastating

  • Time to put the power lines underground.

  • Just called Cal Trans & they’re (as of about 1130 hours) listing Hwy 101in Santa Rosa area closed. So, if Hwy 20 does close and 101 Willits is closed, alot of folks are unable to get out or home. Call before you leave. Santa Rosa is under Central California on Cal Trans information line.

  • It’s partrick. Not Patrick.

  • I’m saddened for those being affected by the fires. Trinity County understands the fear, shock, and loss you are experiencing. Many amazing firefighters helped our community, and I know that they are putting forth their best efforts for you, as well.

  • My brother lives in Sonoma city, the area looks like a scene from a horror movie, Armageddon

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