Update October 23: According to the Press Democrat, the Sonoma County wildfires will be fully contained by Wednesday. Also of note: “More than 30 road closures remain in effect throughout charred areas, including many roads off Highway 12. For information on closures, go to roadconditions.sonoma-county.org.”
Also, by law landlords are prohibited from raising rent prices more than 10 percent on housing for 30 days after a declared state of emergency (i.e., a fire). If you have experienced price-gouging, please contact your local District Attorney's office or report it to the CA Attorney General's office.
Update October 19: Despite the fires still roaring, wineries in Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino have reopened.
As for full containment, SFGate reports: “[F]ull containment of the calamity’s most destructive wildfires in Sonoma County has been pushed back from Friday to Tuesday, according to the latest estimates from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, also known as Cal Fire.”
Update October 18: “More than 42,000 Sonoma County residents return to homes still standing after wildfires,” reports the San Francisco Chronicle. Meanwhile, Cal Fire reports full containment on some of the wildfires in the North Bay, with the Nuns and Tubbs fires contained at 80 and 91 percent, respectively.
According to the Press Democrat, the death toll has climbed to 42.
Update October 16: The death toll climbed to 40. Several of the fires have merged into each other, with a few small fires breaking out south of San Francisco in Silicon Valley. In better news, containment levels also rose over the weekend.
Update October 12: Cal Fire links to this Google Map (see below) to keep residents updated about the location and status of fires statewide. As of Thursday morning, only the Ridge fire near the southern tip of Mendocino National Forest is marked as 100 percent contained.
Press Democrat also has a comprehensive map using continually updated data provided by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group.
According to the weather report, there's a new red-flag fire warning issued for Wednesday and Thursday, with gusty winds predicted for the area. New blazes have also spread across the region.
“State fire officials said at least 22 wildfires were burning Wednesday across the state ... while destroying up to 3,000 homes and businesses, most of them on the north edge of Santa Rosa,” reports SFGate.
Here’s a map of the fires currently in progress in the state. Note the cluster of blazes in the North Bay representing the wildfires:
Update October 10: The death toll has climbed to 15, with hundreds of missing persons reported.
The North Bay wildfires, which are believed to have begun Sunday night in Napa, have caused widespread destruction throughout wine country and beyond. An estimated 1,500 structures have already been destroyed, while more than 65,000 acres burned as of Monday morning.
Most offices and schools are closed for the day. Roughly 20,000 residents have been evacuated.
According to SFGate, “Mandatory evacuation orders were in place for certain residential areas of Santa Rosa and surrounding cities. The latest order came at 10:45 a.m. It was for Rincon Valley—all areas north of Montecito Boulevard from Brush Creek Road to the eastern city limits—and all of the Oakmont area, east of Melita Road.”
The series of blazes, none of which have been contained as of Monday afternoon, have spread throughout several counties in Northern California—specifically, Napa, Sonoma, Solano, Lake, Nevada, Butte, Calaveras, Shasta, and Yuba.
Here’s a map of the Santa Rosa evacuation area (dated October 9)
Satellite footage shows what the fire and smoke look like from above, captured by the NOAA National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service:
CalFire has also provided a map of the Northern California wildfires: