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Redwood Valley Fire 100 percent contained. Other Northern California fires near full containment

Digging through the ashes near Coffey Park

Chris Bipes, his wife, Kim, and his neighbor, Craig Lowry, dig through the ashes of his home near Coffey Park in hopes of finding valuables such as his coin collection and other items on Monday in Santa Rosa.
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Chris Bipes, his wife, Kim, and his neighbor, Craig Lowry, dig through the ashes of his home near Coffey Park in hopes of finding valuables such as his coin collection and other items on Monday in Santa Rosa.

The Redwood Valley Fire in Mendocino County, which has burned 36,523 acres and claimed eight lives, is 100 percent contained, Cal Fire reported Thursday morning.

The fire, which began Oct. 8 north of Highway 20 in Potter Valley and Redwood Valley, destroyed an estimated 540 structures. At least 42 people died this month in wind-driven blazes across Northern California, making this the deadliest series of fires in state history.

More than 3,000 firefighters remain on the frontlines of the state’s active wildfires, many of which are projected to be fully contained by the end of this week, Cal Fire reports. Firefighters continue to extinguish hot spots and perform fire suppression repair work.

Temperatures across the state remain warm and dry. Cal Fire is urging Californians to take actions to prevent sparking a new wildfire. Learn more tips on how to prevent a wildfire at www.ReadyForWildfire.org.

Here is an update on other Northern California wildfires, as of Thursday morning, as reported by Cal Fire:

▪ Tubbs Fire (Sonoma and Napa counties, between Calistoga and Santa Rosa): 36,807 acres, 95 percent contained, an estimated 5,300 structures destroyed.

▪ Pocket Fire (Sonoma County, north of Geyserville): 17,357 acres, 94 percent contained.

▪ Nuns Fire (Sonoma and Napa counties, east of Highway 12 from east Santa Rosa to east of Sonoma): 56,556 acres, 94 percent contained, an estimated 1,200 structures destroyed

▪ Atlas Fire (Napa and Solano counties, south of Lake Berryessa and northeast of Napa): 51,624 acres, 97 percent contained, an estimated 785 structures destroyed.

▪ Bear Fire (Santa Cruz County, Bear Creek Canyon Road, northeast of Boulder Creek): 391 acres, 95 percent contained.

Northern California’s Oct. 8 wildfires were among the most destructive in U.S. history, and in Sonoma County, they uprooted an entire school system.

Anthony Sorci: 916-321-1051.

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