Sonoma and Napa counties will welcome light rainfall Thursday into Friday morning after wildfires scorched more than 100,000 acres over the past week.
Northernmost towns such as Cloverdale, Angwin and Venado will get the most precipitation from a low-pressure system dropping south out of the Gulf of Alaska, according to the National Weather Service’s Bay Area office. Just under 0.2 inches of rain is expected to fall on Santa Rosa, where Mayor Chris Coursey said the 60 percent-contained Tubbs Fire has caused more than $1 billion worth of damage, as well as the partially-evacuated city of Napa.
Up to a half inch of rain is expected Thursday farther north, in Mendocino County, where at least eight people have died. Parts of the Sacramento Valley is expected to get a half-inch as well.
Winds are expected to stay below 15 miles per hour in both cities this week, aiding firefighters’ efforts to control existing blazes and keeping new ones from spreading.
Schools in Napa County will remain closed until Wednesday. Some Sonoma County school districts will begin re-opening Monday, while others – including Santa Rosa City Schools – plan to stay closed all week.