Here are the latest updates from the fires burning in the region:
The number people who died in the massive fire burning in Santa Rosa rose to 11 Tuesday, Sonoma County sheriff’s officials said.
The fatalities were spread along the fire’s destructive path.
One person died on rural Mountain Home Ranch Drive in the hills off Petrified Forest Road leading into Calistoga, close to where the fire started just north of town.
Three people died in rural hillside community along Mark West Springs Road, on Crystal Court and on Sundown Trail off Riebli Road.
In Larkfield, authorities confirmed people died on Angela Drive, Mark West Springs Road and Wikiup Bridge Way.
Two people were found dead in Santa Rosa’s tree-and-sidewalk Coffey Park neighborhood, one on Coffey Lane and another person on Hemlock Street.
Their identities were not released.
The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office said there are no planned evacuations for Windsor.
The office published a statement saying a previous notice that the area near Esposti Park and Shiloh Road was under evacuation was “a miscommunication.”
The fire above Shiloh Ranch Regional Park continues burning, but fire personnel are remaining at the site.
Fire engulfed a home on Trail Ridge Place abutting Trione-Annadel State Park in Santa Rosa’s Oakmont community as dusk fell Tuesday, despite a long effort by firefighters trying to keep the blaze from spreading into the community of about 4,500 residents on Santa Rosa’s eastern outskirts.
The fire was throwing embers into adjacent homes and setting embers into eucalyptus trees on nearby Crestridge Place. Firefighters were battling to keep the fire from taking hold.
Residents in the Annadel Heights area bordered north by Parktrail Drive and west by Summerfield Road were ordered to evacuate by the Santa Rosa Police Department.
With the heavy smoke lifting and breezes increasing Tuesday evening, fire flare-ups and spread led to additional evacuations of thousands of area residences, according to Santa Rosa Fire Chief Tony Gossner.
Evacuations launched late Tuesday afternoon by the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office included people near Bennett Valley Golf Course, Annadel Heights and north of Geyserville along Ida Clayton Road.
“We’re not taking any chances. We don’t know what the wind is going to do. We’re concerned for sure,” said Gossner, who is helping manage the mammoth Tubbs fire burning in several areas of Santa Rosa.
Numerous residents in a variety of areas began calling for help Tuesday afternoon, fearing fire in their general area and law enforcement officers sent to those areas to check on the situation helped result in the sheriff’s evacuation calls.
“After what happened to Santa Rosa the other day we’re not going to take any chances,” Gossner said, referring to how the Tubbs fire swept into northern Santa Rosa and then spread into numerous neighborhoods, leveling blocks of homes and businesses from Coffey Park to Larkfield to Skyfarm.
Massive last‑minute evacuations forced firefighters to focus on knocking on doors and aiding evacuations instead of fighting flames. Gossner said if people evacuate ahead of any possible trouble Wednesday with the predicted return of erratic winds and heat, firefighters will have an easier time.