Overnight rains have little impact on Sonoma, Napa county fires

Inmate Don'jai Hilbert of Cal Fire Mt. Bullion Inmate Crew 2 helps extinguish a hot spot at the Oakmont fire in Santa Rosa, California on Tuesday, October 17, 2017. (Alvin Jornada / The Press Democrat)


Overnight rains didn’t give a significant boost to containment numbers for the Napa and Sonoma county fires, yet all blazes continue to near full containment.

“The rain is obviously very helpful, but we still need to build containment line on the ground,” said Santa Rosa Assistant Fire Marshal Paul Lowenthal.

Sonoma County received two-tenths to a half an inch of rain, Lowenthal said, with the Pocket fire — between Cloverdale and Geyservile — receiving the most precipitation.

The Atlas fire in Napa and Solano counties is 87 percent contained after burning 51,624 acres and destroying 445 homes, Cal Fire reported Friday morning.

The Nuns fire, which has torched 54,382 acres from Santa Rosa to Napa County, stands at 85 percent containment, Cal Fire said.

The Pocket fire is 82 percent contained after blackening 16,552 acres, Cal Fire said.

While the fire received the most rain overnight, there are “a couple islands of fire they need to clean up and burn out,” Lowenthal said.

The deadly Tubbs fire is 93 percent contained after burning thousands of homes and 36,432 acres from Santa Rosa to Mount St. Helena, Cal Fire said.

“It’ll take two days for the full drying process,” Lowenthal said. “We’re trying to take advantage of the weather and button-up as much as we can.”

Mendocino County’s fire in Redwood and Potter valleys now is 95 percent contained, having burned 36,523 acres, according to Cal Fire Friday.

You can reach Staff Writer Nick Rahaim at 707-521-5203 or On Twitter @nrahaim.