Monday updates: Gov. Newsom issues state of emergency for Northern California wildfires
Here is the latest information on the Sonoma County fire, now called the Glass fire, which broke out Sunday night on the western side of the Napa Valley and burned into Santa Rosa. Check back for updates throughout the day:
10 PM: Gov. Newsom issues emergency proclamation for Glass, Zogg fires, requests federal aid
Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday issue a state of emergency proclamation for two wildfires burning in Northern California, including the Glass fire in Sonoma and Napa counties.
The proclamation additionally covers the Zogg fire burning in Shasta County, which together with the Glass fire has led to the destruction of tens of thousands of acres and several homes, a news release from Newsom’s office said.
Newsom also sent a letter to President Donald Trump on Monday requesting he authorize a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration, which provides federal assistance to the state and local governments during emergencies.
The request sent to Trump was for wildfire response and recovery efforts in Fresno, Los Angeles, Madera, Mendocino, San Bernardino, San Diego and Siskiyou counties, the news release said.
8:20 PM: More than 100 buildings destroyed by Glass fire
The Glass fire has destroyed 113 buildings and damaged two others as of Monday night, Cal Fire said.
Nearly 1,500 personnel were on the ground battling the blaze, which had tripled in size since Monday morning, when it had consumed 11,000 acres. About 8,500 buildings remained threatened by the 36,200-acre blaze Monday night.
Above-average temperatures were expected overnight Monday with little added humidity, Cal Fire said.
6:45 PM: Evacuation orders extended to entire city of Calistoga
The entire of Calistoga in Napa Valley was placed under an evacuation order Monday afternoon.
City officials announced the expanded order at 6:21 p.m. via a Nixle alert. Route 29 in both directions and Highway 128 north were designated evacuation routes, the alert said.
An evacuation shelter was set up at the Crosswalk Church at 2590 First Street in Napa and evacuees were asked to wear masks if they went to the location.
6:05 PM: Local blazes have merged, growing to 36,200 acres with 0% containment by Monday night
The Glass fire and two blazes that stemmed from its falling embers overnight Sunday, the Shady and Boysen fires, have grown to a combined 36,200 acres Monday afternoon with no containment, CAL Fire Division Chief Ben Nicholls said during an evening news briefing.
They’ve since merged to create a single footprint and he expected the blazes would be folded together under and collectively named the Glass fire in the future, Nicholls said.
The thick smoke that covered the region was a sign that winds have died down since Sunday night, conditions that will favor firefighters battling the blazes overnight, Nicholls said.
While estimates for property damages caused by the fires were not available, Nicholls said the majority of the destruction happened before daybreak.
“The fire did make it to Oakmont and into (Trione-Annadel State Park) early this morning but there was a valiant firefight by our local fire firefighters and our Cal Fire firefighters here on the east side of Santa Rosa to save as many home as they could,” Nicholls said. “The statement I heard was that they saved a lot more than they lost.”
A 17-year-old teen was arrested Monday afternoon after he was seen hopping a residential fence near Maria Carrillo High School, which was under mandatory evacuation, said Spencer Crum, a Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office spokesman.
Deputies determined the teen, who was detained in the backyard of a nearby home, had no legal reason for being in the evacuated area, Crum said.
He was cited on suspicion of entering a closed emergency area and released to his parents, Crum siad.
Both the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office and officers with the Santa Rosa Police Department were patrolling areas under mandatory evacuation, officials said.
“We’re taking a zero tolerance approach to this,” Santa Rosa Police Chief Ray Navarro added.
5:45 PM: Over 25,000 PG&E customers in Sonoma and Napa counties have lost power due to wildfires
More than 25,000 Pacific Gas & Electric customers are currently without power due to the wildfires burning in Sonoma and Napa counties.
In Sonoma County, 14,996 customers have lost electricity. In Napa County, that number is 10,455, according to the utility.
PG&E initiated most of the outages at the request of Cal Fire to protect the safety of firefighters and first responders in the area, said utility spokesperson Tamar Sarkisian. Some customers may also have lost power when flames damaged PG&E equipment.