Here is the latest news on the fire in and around Sonoma County:
Homes burned in Oakmont Tuesday night but numbers and locations weren’t available early Wednesday from fire officials.
“We do have information, we do have some structures that have been destroyed in Oakmont,” said Paul Lowenthal, a spokesman for the Santa Rosa-area fire.
Lowenthal said he understood the homes lost were in the higher elevations of the senior community. Oakmont, east of Santa Rosa, abuts Trione-Annadel State Park, where an arm of the Nun’s fire has been burning since Monday.
Lowenthal, at the fire’s base camp at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds, noted the smoke had cleared in central Santa Rosa. “The sky is clear, the moon is clearly visible but I can see the orange haze over that side of town,” he said, referring to the view east toward Oakmont.
Early Wednesday, the fires calmed with the cooler temperatures and lack of wind. But winds were expected to increase later in the day. Gusts have been predicted to reach more than 40 mph.
“The concerns now are the transition from the cold still morning to the heat of the day and where the winds are going to take us,” Lowenthal said.
Officials during the night also increased the number of fatalities to 17 from the area fires, adding one more death to the Tubbs fire in Santa Rosa, bringing that total to 11.
At the other end of the Tubbs fire, closer to where it started, flames early Wednesday were threatening the greater Calistoga area.
The north end of Calistoga was evacuated overnight and the south end of town could also be evacuated, depending on the wind direction, Lowenthal said.
An undetermined number of houses in Oakmont were destroyed overnight.
Mandatory evacuation orders now include parts of the Sonoma Valley near Agua Caliente outside of Sonoma, plus portions of Geyserville.
The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office has scheduled a news conference for 9 a.m. for more updates.
12:45 a.m., Oct. 11
Parts of the Sonoma Valley are now under MANDATORY EVACUATION:
Residents of Moon Mountain Road, Mission Way, London Way, Martin Road, Cavedale Road and Adobe Way along Highway 12 approaching Agua Caliente must evacuate.
The Sheriff’s Office recommends Agua Caliente residents between Madrone Road and Agua Caliente Road have a bag packed and be ready to evacuate, if needed.
10:37 p.m., Oct. 10
The following areas are now under MANDATORY EVACUATION:
On Highway 128, every residence between 1922 Hwy 128 and the Russian River, and Nutter Road, Sellers Road, River Road, Fay Ranch Road, Ridge Oaks Road, Fox Ridge Road, Vineyard Road, Woodridge Road, Deerpath Drive, Ram Hill Road, Rockmouth Road, Colony Road and Lakewood Lane.
The following areas are UNDER ADVISORY and should consider readying for evacuation, if needed: downtown Geyserville, Palomino Road, Asti Ridge Road and Highland Ranch Road.