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For Immediate Release

Valley Fire Update - 9/15/2015 - 2:30 PM

Board of Supervisors thanks emergency responders and provides support to County employees impacted by disaster

Santa Rosa, CA  –  September 15, 2015  –  The Board of Supervisors received an update today on how emergency response agencies throughout Sonoma County are responding to the Valley Fire, which began in Lake County at approximately 1:30 pm on Saturday and crossed into Sonoma County on Sunday morning. The impacted region of Sonoma County is the Geysers area near the Lake County border and the Big Sulphur Creek drainage. The fire spread further into Sonoma County last night, and fire boundaries have been set north of Knights Valley and east of Alexander Valley.

The Valley Fire has burned 67,000 acres, is 15% contained, and 2,362 fire personnel from across the state are involved in the response. The public is advised to avoid the area in order to facilitate emergency response.

The Board of Supervisors approved supporting all County employees impacted by the disaster with a Disaster Leave Program which allows employees to share accrued leave time with those employees impacted by the disaster, and supported other administrative leave options that will assist impacted employees as they continue recovering from this event.

Advisory Evacuations

Advisory evacuations remain in effect as ordered by CAL FIRE for the following locations:

  • Pine Flat Road, addresses 5000 and above
  • Geysers Road out of Healdsburg, addresses 6000 and above
  • Geysers Road out of Geyserville, addresses 9400 and above

Advisory evacuations notify residents that existing conditions dictate that a Mandatory Evacuation Order MAY be given in the near future, but that the threat to lives is not yet imminent. Due to the potential for rapidly changing conditions to develop into a serious threat, residents who are included in an advisory evacuation order should prepare to evacuate, and those with special evacuation needs should leave as soon as possible.

Residents in the surrounding area are urged to stay vigilant, and prepare for possible evacuation. It is recommended that all residents prioritize their personal safety, and do not wait for an evacuation notification if they feel that their safety is at risk.

Soft Road Closures:

  • Geysers Road at Red Winery Road
  • Geysers Road at River Road east of Cloverdale
  • Pine Flat Road at Red Winery Road
  • Ida Clayton Road at Hwy 128

Soft road closures allow those with residences or businesses in the area to access them, but prevent others from entering the impacted area. Any individuals who choose to enter the area are encouraged to use caution.

Supporting Lake County Disaster Response

Sonoma County is supporting the disaster response in Lake County. Two fire strike teams (each consisting of five Type 2 engines) have been deployed to Lake County, as well as some additional support vehicles. A Task Force consisting of equipment and personnel from Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park, Valley Ford, Cloverdale, Windsor, Rincon Valley and Geyserville was formed, and is performing wildland fire operations and structure protection in the Geysers area. The Sheriff’s Office is providing evacuation support, and Health Services has sent Animal Services personnel and Public Health nurses to assist as well. Sonoma County has initiated a partial activation of the Emergency Operations Center to monitor the situation in Sonoma County and to support ongoing efforts by Sonoma County agencies responding to the Valley Fire. The Red Cross has set up evacuation centers in response to the Valley Fire.

Public Health Advisory

Exposure to smoke can trigger life threatening respiratory events in people that are sensitive or who have underlying heart or lung conditions. If you see or smell smoke, keep in mind the following:

  • Consider staying inside and keeping windows and doors closed to avoid breathing smoke particles.
  • Run your air conditioner, making sure to keep the fresh air intake closed and the filters clean.
  • Do not run swamp coolers. They will pull smoky air in from outside.
  • Masks do not protect your lungs from smoke particles.

Donations

While grateful for the generous response by the community in offering donations of material goods, emergency responders are not able to process items at this time and have requested that donors hold onto these items for now. Donations of goods will be needed in the coming weeks. Monetary donations are the best way to provide assistance to displaced individuals at this time.

Financial donations can be made to the following:

Resources and Information

General Information and Updates

Fire Information

Volunteer Information

Sonoma County 2-1-1 is operating as an information line for neighboring counties:

Fire Donations/Volunteering

Red Cross Safe and Well:

Animals:

  • Evacuated residents that need to check on the status of pets and other animals can call Lake County Animal Care and Control at (707) 263-0278.

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Contact Information

Sonoma Fires: Central LNU Complex

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