Three Large Wildfires Continue to Burn Without Containment in Napa County (VIDEO)
(BayAreaNewsTalk.com) – Three large wildfires are continuing to burn in Napa County without any containment this morning, county officials said at a news conference.
The Tubbs Fire, which started off of state Highway 128 and Bennett Lane near Calistoga, has burned 27,000 acres as of this morning, while the Atlas Fire that started Sunday night off of Atlas Peak Road south of Lake Berryessa has burned 25,000 acres, according to Cal Fire.
The Partrick Fire, which started off of Partrick Road west of Napa, has burned an estimated 1,000 acres this morning.
County officials, speaking at a 9 a.m. news conference today, said all three fires remain at 0 percent containment.
“There’s a lot of devastation that’s gone on,” Napa County Fire Chief Barry Biermann said.
Sheriff John Robertson released the names of two elderly people who were found dead in the area of the Atlas Fire.
Charles and Sara Rippey, 100 and 98, died and “our thoughts are certainly with the family at this time,” Robertson said.
About 27,000 PG&E customers are without power in the county, and many evacuees have gone to shelters set up at places like the Napa Valley College gym at 1088 College Ave. in St. Helena and the CrossWalk Community Church at 2590 First St. in Napa.
Biermann urged patience for evacuees who might want to return to their homes, saying crews still need to secure utilities and vegetation in the fire-damaged neighborhoods.
“It’s a process we’ve already started to work on,” he said. “We ask that people please be patient, the fires are still out there.”
Biermann also urged people to not use any drones in fire areas since that will prevent firefighters from flying to put out the flames.
County residents are encouraged to register at www.safeandwell.org to let their loved ones know they are safe. Residents can also check the county’s website and social media channels for updates on the fire.