Wildfire contained north of Windsor
Fire crews aggressively attacked a 1-acre fire that burned between a cluster of luxury homes outside Windsor on Saturday, dousing two houses with fire retardant and evacuating several households threatened by flames.
The fire at the gated Shiloh Estates broke out just before 3 p.m. in a hilly, rural area north of the Mayacama Golf Club, perched on the rim of the area burned by the massive 2017 Tubbs fire, Cal Fire Battalion Chief Marshall Turbeville said.
The fire was contained by 3:39 p.m. and no longer posed a threat to homes in the area, the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office said.
Though the flames ignited in hot, dry conditions, firefighters had no wind to battle, Turbeville said. As a result of late season rain, vegetation in the area also had more moisture than it might otherwise at this time of year, he said.
But rising terrain drove the fire uphill toward three neighboring homes after it first started burning near a residence on Shiloh Canyon, Turbeville said. Flames spreading toward Shiloh Ridge Road went right to the edge of two other homes, he said.
The cause of the blaze remained under investigation, Turbeville said.
Shiloh Estates is located east of Windsor, north of the golf club and Shiloh Ranch Regional Park.
“It is very close to the footprint of the Tubbs fire,” said Turbeville, who was posted there the night extreme winds drove that destructive fire across the Mayacamas Mountains from Calistoga to Santa Rosa through the Mark West Creek area.
Saturday’s fire was viewable online at alertwildfire.org/northbay/index.html, which provides public access to a network of fire detection cameras mounted at high elevations around the county.
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