See Bear Fire burning parts of 271 acres in Santa Cruz County
This story was updated at 11:25 a.m. Thursday.
Cal Fire reports Thursday morning that the deadly Tubbs Fire that has ravaged Napa and Sonoma counties is 92 percent contained, as low overnight winds and increased humidity helped firefighters hold and increase containment lines.
Rain forecast for Thursday in Northern California should help firefighting efforts. The Nuns and Tubbs Fires, which have burned more than 90,000 acres combined, could be fully extinguished with the right amount of rainfall, said Brian Mejia, a National Weather Service meteorologist in the Bay Area, as could the 85-percent contained Redwood Valley Fire in Mendocino County.
Redwood Valley is expected to receive 0.38 inches of rain Thursday afternoon and evening, according to the weather service, while the Santa Rosa area will get a quarter-inch to a half-inch.
On Wednesday, Sonoma County Sheriff Robert Giordano said the death toll in the county has risen by one, to 23. At least 42 people have died in the series of fires that have struck Northern California since last week.
The fires have destroyed an estimated 6,900 structures and wiped out entire neighborhoods in and around Santa Rosa. State fire Deputy Director Daniel Berlant said collectively this is the deadliest series of simultaneous fires in the state in recorded history.
More than 15,000 people remain out of their homes because of the fires. Residents returning home are urged to be cautious as hazardous conditions may remain, Cal Fire reports. For tips on how to return home after a wildfire, go to www.fire.ca.gov.
As of Thursday morning, more than 10,000 firefighters are battling nine large fires in the state, Cal Fire reports.
Here is a closer look at the major fires, with a Cal Fire map, below, in the state.
Tubbs and Pocket fires (Napa and Sonoma counties)
Tubbs and Pocket fires (Napa and Sonoma counties) The Tubbs Fire (Central LNU Complex) between Calistoga and Santa Rosa was at 36,432 acres and 92 percent contained. This complex is comprised of the Tubbs Fire and the Pocket Fire, north of Geyserville. The Pocket Fire has burned 16,552 acres and containment is 73 percent contained.
Redwood Valley Fire and Sulphur Fire
The Sulphur Fire at Clearlake Oaks in Lake County remains at 2,207 acres and 96 percent contained. The Redwood Valley Fire (Mendocino County) has burned 36,523 acres and is 85 percent contained.
Oakmont Fire (Sonoma County)
The Oakmont Fire east of Highway 12 near the Oakmont community in Sonoma County is now part of the Nuns Fire.
Nuns Fire (Sonoma County)
The Nuns Fire, north of Glen Ellen in the Southern LNU Complex, has burned 54,423 acres and is 82 percent contained. The Southern LNU Complex consists of Atlas, Nuns, Adobe, Norrbom and Pressley fires. Find more information on the LNU Complex fires here. The Adobe Fire and Partrick Fire merged with the Nuns Fire on Friday.
Atlas Fire (Napa and Solano Counties)
Atlas Fire, north and west of Napa and Solano counties, is at 51,624 acres and 85 percent contained. Details for this fire can be found here.
Lobo Fire (Nevada County)
The Lobo Fire, near Rough and Ready, burned 821 acres and is 100 percent contained.
Cascade Fire (Yuba County)
The Cascade Fire in the Loma Rica area, burned 9,989 acres burned and is 100 percent contained.
La Porte Fire (Butte County)
The La Porte Fire, off La Porte Road and Oro Bangor Highway, near Bangor, burned 6,151 acres and is 100 percent contained.
Bear Fire (Santa Cruz County)
The fire, in the area of Bear Canyon and Deer Creek roads in Boulder Creek, started late Monday. Cal Fire reported that it has burned 320 acres and is 30 percent contained. The fire has destroyed four structures and is threatening 300 others. Seven injuries have been reported.
Anthony Sorci: 916-321-1051.