Tuesday updates: Residents northwest of Calistoga ordered to evacuate
7:58 PM: New evacuation orders issued near Calistoga, fire grows to 46,600 acres
Activity on the Glass fire prompted new evacuation orders in Napa County northwest of Calistoga Tuesday evening, officials said.
They spanned all areas west of Route 29 at Highway 128 to the Sonoma County line between Diamond Mountain Road and Petrified Forest Road, the Napa County Office of Emergency Services announced in a Nixle Alert sent out at 7:43 p.m.
Flames were pushing northwest, west of Highway 29, creating “an imminent danger” to the residents there, said Erick Hernandez, a Cal Fire spokesman.
Backburning was underway to keep the fire from entering the town, as well as Petrified Forest and Franz Valley School roads, he said.
Crews were also monitoring the area east of the Silverado Trail for spot fires.
“We have crews in the area to make sure it doesn’t come into the town of Calistoga,” Hernandez said.
The Glass fire grew to 46,600 acres by Tuesday afternoon, consuming roughly 4,000 acres over the course of the day, Cal fire said.
Fire crews also claimed 2% containment over the blaze on Tuesday, establishing control on a portion of the fire for the first time since it sparked early Sunday.
Homes and other buildings that came under threat of the flames continued to be a priority for firefighters working on the blaze, as were building new containment lines and reinforcing lines they’ve already carved out, Cal Fire said.
Smoky conditions and poor visibility continued to prevent aerial firefighting on Tuesday. Hot and dry weather is forecast in the next several days, Cal Fire noted.
Highway 29 was closed in all directions at Tubbs Lane and Deer Park Road, as was Highway 128 at Petrified Forest Road, the Napa County Office of Emergency Services announced earlier Tuesday afternoon.
7:15 PM: 14,600 still without power in Napa and Sonoma counties
Crews have restored power 7,000 customers in Sonoma and Napa counties Tuesday as the Glass fire continued to burn, though about 14,600 remained without power as of 5 p.m., a PG&E spokesman said.
The power outages were a result of damage from the Glass fire itself or because the utility has proactively turned off electricity at the request of fire officials, the company said.
Of those without power, about 8,400 customers are in Sonoma County and the remaining are from Napa County.
6:40 PM: More than 19,000 remain under evacuation orders in Sonoma County
An estimated 19,000 people in Sonoma County remained under evacuation orders due to the Glass fire Tuesday afternoon, nearly 13,000 of which live within the Santa Rosa city limits and the rest from unincorporated Sonoma County, according to information provided by Sonoma County Director of Emergency Management Chris Godley and Santa Rosa city spokeswoman Adriane Mertens.
Tuesday’s evacuation totals were a fraction of the 68,000 residents countywide who had been told to leave their homes by Monday afternoon.
All but 173 of the 22,631 people cautioned they may need leave their homes due to the Glass Fire within Sonoma County were from Santa Rosa.
The number of people staying at evacuation shelters throughout the county also dipped from 350 on Sunday night, when the blaze rolled into Sonoma County from Napa County, to 275 Monday, Godley said during a Tuesday evening news conference.
The decline and downgraded evacuation orders in east Santa Rosa has led county officials to consider consolidating the number of shelters operating in the county, he said.
“We’re seeing some individuals not only being able to find other locations but now being able to return home, especially in Santa Rosa,” Godley said.
Since the start of the Glass fire, the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office has contacted five people in evacuated areas who “had no business being there,” Sonoma County Sheriff’s Sgt. Juan Valencia said during the news briefing.
Of the five people arrested for entering an area closed by evacuation orders, one person additionally had an outstanding warrant and another person was found to be in violation of their probation, Valencia said.
The agency, which runs the county’s coroner’s office, has not learned of any fatalities as a result of the Glass fire, Valencia added.
Santa Rosa Police Chief Ray Navarro said the department has received some reports about missing people since the start of the Glass fire, though the department’s officers have been able to locate those individuals.
People with concerns about missing Santa Rosa residents can call the department at 707-528-5222, he said.
Editor’s Note: Estimates for the number of people under evacuation orders and warnings in Sonoma County due to the Glass fire Tuesday were updated to reflect new information provided by Santa Rosa officials.