[UPDATE 8:24 p.m.] Valley Fire Forces Evacuations in Three Counties as It Continues to Grow
As seen from the air, a wall of flames and smoke moved across Lake County this week. [Photo provided by CalFire]
As of 7 this morning, Cal Fire estimates the Valley Fire is 70,000 acres and 30% contained. That is an increase of 9000 acres since yesterday morning. Lake, Napa, and Sonoma county residents have all been affected by evacuation orders.
Showers predicted for today could help crews slow the fire’s spread. However, less than a quarter of an inch is forecast, which is unlikely to significantly squash the flames. However, for evacuees now living in tents, the wet weather will increase their misery. In addition, higher winds are expected, which could be problematic.
Cal Fire has almost 2800 personnel on the inferno, which destroyed over a thousand structures, injured four fire fighters and took at least one life. The agency posts the latest evacuation and road closure information here.)
To help you stay abreast of the most current information, the sidebar to the right has the latest tweets about the #ValleyFire. And we have the most current maps available as of 7 a.m.
Here are four of the best:
- Zoom into this one (Cal Fire public information map) or this one (Cal Fire Ops Map) to get lots of detail but they take time to load. (From images taken at 11:10 p.m. on the 15th.)
- A 3D Google Earth Map–you’ll need Google Earth for this (Click here to get a feel for what the landscape of the fire is like.) (From images taken at 11 p.m. on the 15th.)
- A geometric shape map that gives you the basic areas and is usually the most current. See below.
Just In – The #ValleyFire in Lake, Napa & Sonoma counties is now 70,000 acres & 30% contained.
— CAL FIRE PIO Berlant (@CALFIRE_PIO) September 16, 2015
UPDATE 8:24 p.m.:
Just In – The #ValleyFire in Lake, Napa & Sonoma counties is now 70,200 acres & 35% contained. Over 3,100 firefighters battling the fire.
— CAL FIRE PIO Berlant (@CALFIRE_PIO) September 17, 2015