Central County Fire Supports Sonoma, Napa Fire Suppression Efforts
On Monday, the Central County Fire Department (CCFD) deployed nine personnel and two fire engines to support fire suppression and relief efforts for the Tubbs Fire in Napa and Sonoma counties. The fire, which started Sunday night around 9:45 p.m., has burned more than 27,000 acres and destroyed 550 homes. Currently, more than 650 personnel and 84 fire engines from multiple agencies are supporting fire fighting and relief efforts between Santa Rosa and Calistoga, where the Tubbs Fire is located.
“Napa and Sonoma are being ravaged by fires and we are doing everything we can to help get people to safety, said Central County Fire Department Chief John Kammeyer. “Unfortunately, high winds and dense, dry vegetation are fueling this fire, and suppression crews are working to create defensive barriers around residential and commercial properties until they can get in and fight the fire.”
In addition to the Tubbs Fire, there are five other fires destroying other parts of Napa and Sonoma counties. In total, the six fires (Atlas, Nuns, Patrick, Pocket, Tubbs, and 37) have destroyed more than 60,000 acres of land, and threatens more than 15,000 structures. Currently, winds out of the Southwest and heavy vegetation are fueling the fires. Suppression efforts are being focused to help people evacuate safely and prevent the fires from hitting homes and structures.
“Because this is occurring so close to home, this fire has become personal. One of our battalion chiefs lives in Santa Rosa and his home is being threatened by the fire. Unfortunately, his sister, who lives near him, lost her home. This is not about saving wine country, it’s about saving lives, homes and jobs,” said Kammeyer.