Sonoma County death toll from fires climbs to 11
With the heavy smoke lifting and breezes increasing Tuesday evening, fire flare-ups and spread became a problem Tuesday evening, leading 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 thousands of people from Bennett Valley, northern Larkfield, 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 in a huge area of Santa Rosa.
In Oakmont, where flames from nearby Trione-Annadel State Park continued to threaten homes in the upper residential reaches, firefighters continued to hold the line and Gossner knew of no homes lost as of late Tuesday afternoon.
In the hills above Windsor, a fire that has burned in the Shiloh Park area also kicked up, and evacuations were ordered in the area of Montebello Road and the south side of Shiloh Ranch Regional Park.
Immediate evacuation orders were in effect for the Annadel Heights neighborhood bordering Trione-Annadel State Park. Santa Rosa police issued the order for the area bordered by Parktrail Drive to the north and Summerfield Road to the west.