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Red Flag Warning
Thursday 1 PM to Friday 6PM

The type of weather patterns that can cause a warning include low relative humidity, strong winds, dry fuels, the possibility of dry lightning strikes, or any combination of the above.

During heightened fire danger, CAL FIRE will place additional firefighters on duty, staff more fire engines and keep more equipment on 24 hours a day to be able to respond to any new fires. CAL FIRE urges Californians to be extremely cautious, especially during periods of high fire danger. It's important all residents and visitors take steps to prevent wildfires. One less spark could mean one less wildfire.  More info.

Update on Fires 

48,440 acres, 2% contained 
43 structures destroyed (down from 80 yesterday due to damage assessment), 2099 (1474 yesterday) personnel on the fire.

New this morning: 

EVACUATION ORDER

  • All areas between Silverado Trail and Highway 29 from Larkmead Lane to Zinfandel Lane including areas within the city of Saint Helena
  • All areas West of Highway 29 from Whitehall Lane to Madrona Avenue including the areas within the city of Saint Helena
  • All current Evacuation Orders and Evacuation Warnings remain in effect

EVACUATION ORDER

  • The previously issued evacuation warning for all areas west of SR29/128 (Foothill Blvd) to the county line, between Diamond Mountain Road and Petrified Forest Road has been upgraded to an evacuation order.

EVACUATION WARNING

  • West of Highway 128 (Foothill Blvd) to the county line
  • North of Petrified Forest Road to the county line

NOTES: SAFETY MESSAGE – The public is reminded to stay vigilant on current fire conditions. Please continue to adhere to road closures and any evacuation warnings or orders. A reminder to drive slowly and yield to emergency personnel in the area. There will be smoke in the respective areas as firefighters continue firefighting operations. If at any time you feel unsafe, please call 911.

Residents may experience very smokey conditions as the firefight continues. Smokey conditions can be unhealthful to many people especially children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems.

GLASS FIRE 9/29 PM

The fire burned actively throughout the night due to low humidity and above average temperatures. Crews experienced active fire behavior, and continue to focus on structure defense in both Sonoma and Napa Counties while building and reinforcing containment lines. Heavy dead and down fuels continue to threaten the fire line. Hot dry weather is anticipated over the next several days.

NEWINCIDENT-WITHIN-INCIDENT (IWI): SHELTER DEPLOYMENT 

At approximately 11:45 p.m. on Sunday September 27, 2020, two firefighters assigned to the Glass Incident were involved in a fire shelter deployment. The firefighters were working on an active portion of the fire in Napa County when intense fire conditions, fueled by gusty off-shore winds, forced them to take refuge in their fire shelters (aluminized cloth tents that offer protection by reflecting radiant heat and providing a volume of breathable air). The two firefighters were evaluated by emergency medical professionals at scene and it was determined they were uninjured. Several transport support vehicles were damaged. 

Evacuation:

Napa County Evacuation Informationhttps://local.nixle.com/napa-county-oes/

City of Calistoga Evacuation Informationhttps://local.nixle.com/city-of-calistoga/

Sonoma County Evacuation Informationhttps://local.nixle.com/sonoma-county-sheriffs-office/l

Santa Rosa Evacuation Informationhttps://local.nixle.com/santa-rosa-police-department/

Evacuation Shelters:

Napa County Evacuation Center

  • Cross Walk Church: 2590 First Street, Napa, CA

Petaluma

  • Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds (Room for parked cars and RV's) 175 Fairgrounds Drive
  • Petaluma Veteran’s Memorial Building(Shelter and TEP) 1094 Petaluma Blvd. South
  • Petaluma Community Center (Limited Space Available) : 320 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma, CA 94954
  • Rohnert Park: Sonoma State University (Congregate shelter and non-congregate dorms with non-congregate dorm priority given to COVID-vulnerable residents) Parking Lot G, Gymnasium, 1801 East Cotati Avenue

Santa Rosa

  • A Place to Play (Temporary Evacuation Point) 2375 West 3rd Street
  • Finley Community Center (Must pre-screen at a TEP prior to admitting) 2060 W College Avenue
  • Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building (Shelter and TEP) 1351 Maple Avenue

Sonoma

  • Sonoma Raceway (Temporary Evacuation Point, car sheltering and camping) 29355 Arnold Dr

Road Closures:

Sonoma County

Local Emergency Operations Center Information:



A joint Sonoma County/Santa Rosa/Cal Fire media briefing will be held at 5 p.m.
The media briefing also will be streamed live on the County of Sonoma's Facebook page at facebook.com/CountyofSonoma. A Spanish version will be streamed live on the County of Sonoma's YouTube channel at youtube.com/CountyofSonoma. ASL interpretation will be provided.
Here is a link to the Sonoma County briefing from yesterday. Here is a link to the County YouTube channel so that you can follow for updates and recordings.

Sonoma County Sheriff has briefings at 11AM. Here are links to this morning's briefings in English and Spanish. These will likely continue at this time of day until the fire has more containment. 

Karl Van Amberg from News in the NorthBay has some great videos and short updates. You can follow him on Facebook.

Sonoma County: Find your evacuation zone on this interactive map and search your address. Road closures map.

Napa County Info: Here is an evacuation map for Napa and the fire incident map for Napa. Napa County Fire Dept website updates. Napa Road Closure map. 

Press Democrat article with updates for today. Aggressive air support today! 

Information about Air Quality from Purple Air or EPA

Go to socoemergency.org  for more educational materials and information or call 2-1-1 if you have any questions.  

Here is the evacuation checklist from Sonoma County Dept of Emergency Management.
 
COPE Advocacy and Policy Issues
From Congressperson Jared Huffman:

Link to whole newsletter.

Last November, I introduced the Wildfire Defense Act with Senator Kamala Harris to help local communities defend themselves from the growing danger of wildfires. This bill provides funding to design and implement new Community Wildfire Defense Plans driven by community members, first responders, and relevant state agencies. The bill supports science-based methods to prevent and mitigate wildfires such as clearing brush and other fire hazards, making critical infrastructure more resilient, and improving access for first responders.  

 

ImageMy keystone public lands bill, the Northwest California Wilderness, Recreation, and Working Forests Act, which passed the House earlier this year, also includes several fire-prevention provisions: it requires federal agencies to develop a coordinated approach to fire management in new wilderness areas, and it designates a new 730,000 acre restoration area where a fuels reduction program can reduce the danger of severe fires.

I also added fire emergency planning provisions to the Disaster Recovery Reform Act in the last Congress, later signed into law. The new law will allow states to apply for Hazard Mitigation Grants for wildfire prevention and mitigation efforts, and includes a new planning provision that I worked on with Sonoma County based on our experience in recent years: in planning for evacuation in response to disasters, FEMA needs to consider special needs populations who might need additional help such as individuals with disabilities, homeless, and the elderly. 
The work continues. Just last week, I voted to pass the Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act, which addresses the threat of wildfires on multiple levels by calling for: 

  • Federal mapping of wildfire risks around utilities for purposes of grid hardening, vegetation management, and more. 
  • EPA research into wildfire smoke emissions modeling and smoke forecasts. 
  • Data collection on the influence of building materials on structure fires. 
  • Weatherization enhancement programs to cover the use of heat and fire resistant materials for vulnerable low-income households. 
  • A program to provide rebates to homeowners to defray the cost of retrofitting homes to be wildfire resistant. 

Guided Imagery for Relaxation

Over the past 40 years, the effectiveness of guided imagery has been validated by research, demonstrating its positive impact on health, wellness, attitude, behavioral change and peak performance.

  • Less than 10 minutes of hypnotic guided meditation can reduce stress, blood pressure, cholesterol and hemoglobin A1C levels in the blood.
  • It can heighten short- term immune cell activity, and it can speed up healing from fractures and burns.
  • It’s been shown to reduce blood loss during surgery and opioid use after it.
  • Guided imagery lowers anxiety and pain.
  • It increases athletic mastery at skiing, skating, shooting, golf and tennis; and skill and confidence at writing, acting, singing, test-taking and public speaking.
  • It increases purposeful weight loss and smoking abstinence.
  • And it has been proven invaluable during medical procedures like chemotherapy, radiotherapy, ventilator weaning, biopsy and dialysis.
  • Regular use of guided imagery can heighten access to emotional depth, humor, responsiveness to music, spirituality, intuition, creativity, abstract thinking and empathy.

Here is a link to a sample.

Take good care, Priscilla 
 
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