Posted by on September 26, 2016
Categories: Bay Area


(BANT) – A wildfire in unincorporated Sonoma County that started late Sunday morning has grown to 1500 acres and has fire crews concerned due to a hot forecast and plenty of fuel.

Cal Fire officials say the Sawmill Fire began around 11 a.m. Sunday near Geysers and Geysers Resort roads, about 10 miles east of Cloverdale.

The fire is 10 percent contained. Fire crews say it’s in steep, challenging terrain with difficult access. Fuels are heavy and the vegetation is extremely dry due to the past five years of drought conditions. They also say some structures are being threatened. Temperatures in the area today are expected to be around 100 degrees.

Twenty to 30 homes have been evacuated and a shelter has been set up at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church at 1402 University St. in Healdsburg, according to Sonoma County sheriff’s officials. Mandatory evacuations have been ordered by the sheriff’s office for the Cloverdale side of Geysers Road from Pine Mountain Road to Geysers Resort Road.

No injuries have been reported and no structures have been damaged or destroyed. The cause is under investigation.