Updated on Oct. 6, at 5 p.m.
What You Need to Know
A force of more than 2,700 firefighters are battling the Glass fire in Sonoma and Napa counties after fast winds, in combination with extremely dry conditions, fanned flames on Sunday, Sept. 27.
As of Tuesday the fire had engulfed 66,840 acres, according to Cal Fire, and has been contained by 50%.
The cause of the fire is still unknown. Cal Fire officials are investigating ignition sites of the three fires which merged together.
Resources are stretched thin due to other fires burning in the state. Across California, more than 18,700 firefighters were battling 27 major wildfires, officials said Wednesday, Sept. 30.
At its peak, more than 50,000 Sonoma County residents were under evacuation warnings and orders. Now, many are able to return to their homes in evacuation areas.
As of Tuesday, structural losses included 314 homes in Sonoma County and 290 in Napa County.
Red flag warnings over the weekend concerned fire crews in terms of containment. Luckily, there is a 25% chance of a quarter-inch of rain in Sonoma County this coming week, which could make the fire season less destructive.
Air quality in the North Bay varies by day and location, but it’s important to continue checking to keep track of whether or not it’s safe to go outside.
Local residents are encouraged to stay indoors as much as possible with windows and doors closed until the smoke subsides and air quality improves.
The information above was sourced from our sister publication The Press Democrat.
Listed below are links to useful resources.
Live Updates and Maps
Read live updates regarding evacuations, containment and fire locations here.
To see a map of fires in Sonoma and Napa, click here.
Click here for a live map of air quality in the North Bay. Search for your address or zip code to find information specific to your location.
A real-time map and forecast of wind gusts in the area are available here.
Evacuation Zones and Evacuation Centers
View an interactive map of evacuations in Sonoma County and the North Bay here.
For information about evacuation areas in Sonoma County, click here.
For Evacuees and Survivors
Temporary evacuation centers are provided by the county. Click here for locations in Santa Rosa, Petaluma and Sonoma.
Even if you haven’t been ordered to evacuate yet, consider packing a bag so you have time to gather the necessary items. Click here for a list of recommended items to pack with you in case of an evacuation.
For large animal evacuations, visit the Sonoma County Fairgrounds website here. Instructions on what to pack for large animals are also available there. More information is also available on the Sonoma County website here.
Redwood Empire Food Bank has a “Food Finder” service to search for pantry items, hot meals and other food resources.
In case of a power outage, PG&E will update its website here. All PG&E customers received a notice on Monday to alert them of potential rolling outages. If power outages do happen, PG&E will put an estimated time that power will return on the website.
Coronavirus and Mental Health Resources
The North Bay is now battling wildfires amid a pandemic. For information about the novel coronavirus, such as the most recent regulations, and resources, such as how to access healthcare and testing and where to locate meals, housing and financial support, visit socoemergency.org/emergency/novel-coronavirus.
If you are feeling anxious, stressed or depressed due to these unprecedented circumstances, here are a few helpful articles and resources:
211 Sonoma County: A free, confidential, 24/7 information and referral service and online database. Dial 2-1-1 or text your zip code to 898-211 for more help. 211sonoma.org/mental-health
Sonoma County Crisis Stabilization Unit: 707-576-8181
Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741 (for those who are more comfortable texting than talking)
Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Psychology Today Therapist Finder: Look up therapists in your area and filter by your insurance and/or type of issue you are dealing with. Most therapists are offering phone or online sessions during this time. psychologytoday.com/us/therapists
Sonoma County Online Meetups for Alcoholics Anonymous: sonomacountyaa.org/online-meetings
National Domestic Violence hotline: Staying home may not be the safest option for those experiencing domestic violence. Call 1-800-799-7233 or text LOVEIS to 22522 for support. thehotline.org/2020/03/13/staying-safe-during-covid-19.
Headspace and Insight Timer: Meditation apps with guided meditations for all levels, including meditations focused on dealing with feelings related to coronavirus.