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Sunday Updates: Crews Make Progress, More Evacuation Orders Lifted

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Rubble was all that remained of some buildings in Santa Rosa on October 12, 2017, in the wake of the Tubbs Fire.

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Fire Numbers
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Last updated Saturday, October 15 7:49 p.m.

CAL FIRE Public Information Lines:

Solano, Sonoma, Lake and Napa counties: (707) 967-4207

Nevada, Yuba counties : (530) 823-4083

Mendocino County: (707) 467-6428 


Evacuation And Shelter Hotlines:

Butte County Fire Information Line: (530) 538-7826

Yuba County Fire Information Line: (530) 749-7700

Nevada County Fire Information Line: (530)265-1218


UPDATE 5:56 p.m.: (AP) - An evacuation order was lifted for the 5,000 residents of Calistoga as of 2 p.m. Sunday.

Authorities called for hurried evacuations early Wednesday when winds shifted, threatening homes and businesses there. They hadn't been allowed in since the order was implemented, leaving the usually bustling city a smoky ghost town.

The Oakland Raiders say they will donate $1 million toward the relief and recovery effort in California wine country.

The NFL team trains in Napa, and long before that, in Santa Rosa, during the offseason.

Team owner Mark Davis says the cities served as the Raiders' summer home for more than 40 years, and the team has built long-lasting relationships with the people and businesses there.

UPDATE 1:40 p.m.: (AP) - As of noon Sunday, all evacuation warnings in Butte County were lifted and all evacuation centers are closed.

In Napa, an emergency evacuation advisory within city limits was lifted on Sunday.

Parts of Napa had been under an evacuation advisory. But the city's 80,000 residents were not under orders to leave their homes.

Officials said on social media that residents should remain on alert because emergency vehicles will continue to be on the roads.

State officials say firefighters made progress battling more than a dozen active fires Saturday night, and they have turned a corner a weeklong fight against flames burning wine country and other rural parts of Northern California.

UPDATE 12:09 p.m.: (AP) - The Mendocino County Sheriff Department says people in some parts of the county can start returning to their homes around noon as the threat from deadly wildfires eases.

The sheriff's office said Sunday that safety information and protective equipment will be available for returning residents at controlled entrances.

The office said evacuation orders are being lifted, but residents should be prepared to leave if conditions change.

A Napa County supervisor said the area hit hard by wildfires is switching to recovery mode.

Supervisor Belia Ramos said Sunday the county expects no more evacuations.

Other authorities at Napa County's daily briefing said roads will remain closed until workers can clear them of downed trees and power poles.

UPDATE 9:06 a.m.:  (AP) -  A state fire spokesman says it appears firefighters are making good progress on deadly wildfires that started a week ago, devastating wine country and other parts of rural Northern California.

Daniel Berlant, spokesman for California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, said Sunday that some of the area's most stubborn fires are more than 50 percent contained.

Berlant said weather conditions are much better than they were 24 hours ago, and winds expected to kick up overnight did not materialize.

Sunday Oct. 15, 8:53 a.m.: (AP) - The Sonoma County Sheriff's Office said the county will begin assessing evacuated areas for damage, which is a necessary step for lifting evacuation orders.

The office also said Sunday that county workers will be driving vehicles emblazoned with the county seal and all assessment workers with have IDs.

Looting has been a serious worry among residents since wildfires broke out a week ago.

On Saturday, the sheriff's office reported it had arrested two men and one woman suspected of "cruising" the Boyes Hot Springs area of Sonoma.

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