For Immediate Release

Valley Fire Update- 9/16/2015 - 4:00 PM

Sonoma County urges people to avoid road closure areas

Santa Rosa, CA  –  September 16, 2015  –  Emergency responders continue to make progress in combating the Valley Fire in Sonoma County, which is impacting the Geysers area, located near the Lake County border and the Big Sulphur Creek drainage. Emergency responders report that while the fire continues to burn in the Geysers area, they have created significant fire breaks and have removed hazards that were impeding fire crews. The fire remains active and is subject to changes. A map of the fire area can be found at http://sonomacounty.ca.gov/Public-Safety/2015-Valley-Fire/Map/. Road closures and an evacuation advisory remain in effect for the Geysers area.

Emergency responders also urge people wishing to assist with the Valley Fire to stay away from the fire area and to check for road closures before attempting to help (go to http://calfire.ca.gov/communications/ActiveFiresList.php for a current list of Valley Fire closures). Several roads remain closed in Lake, Napa and Sonoma counties and other roads are only open to residents and businesses in the affected areas. Unauthorized vehicles that attempt to enter closed areas will be turned away by law enforcement. While well-intentioned, volunteers who attempt to enter closed areas can block emergency vehicles, encounter hazards and possibly be stranded if there is no safe place to turn vehicles around.

Volunteers are urged to contact North Coast Opportunities, a local organization coordinating the volunteer response to the Valley Fire - North Coast Opportunities - https://www.ncoinc.org/ or (707) 462-1954 or Toll Free 1 (800) 606-5550.

Sonoma County Road Closures

Road closures remain in effect for the following areas:

  • 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

For your safety, please avoid these areas. Individuals with residences or businesses in the area are allowed access these roads but are encouraged to use caution when entering.

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.

Donations

While grateful for the generous response by the community in offering donations of material goods, emergency responders are not able to process items and have requested that donors hold onto these items for now. Monetary donations are the best way to help at this time.

For a list of organizations accepting financial donations and other assistance, please go to http://sonomacounty.ca.gov/Public-Safety/2015-Valley-Fire/How-You-Can-Help/

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.

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:

Local Assistance:

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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