Sawmill, Sonoma County

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  • Incident Name: Sawmill, Sonoma County
  • State: CA
  • Lead Agency: CAL FIRE LNU
  • Size (acres): 1,547
  • Percent Contained: 95%
  • Estimate of Containment: September 30, 2016
  • Personnel: 241
  • Structures Destroyed: 0

Sawmill, Sonoma-Lake Napa Unit, Cal Fire. Nine miles northeast of Geyserville, CA. Brush and tall grass. Minimal fire behavior.

September 29, 2016 at 7:34 AM

Firefighters continue to mop up and patrol the fire perimeter. Demobilization/or reassignment of resources.

September 27, 2016 at 7:51 AM

Minimal fire behavior observed.

September 26, 2016 at 10:26 PM

All mandatory evacuation orders and road closures have been lifted as of 6:00 P.M. Firefighters made good progress today increasing the containment line and have begun working on pockets of unburned fuel within the fire perimeter. Firefighters will continue to work on improving the fire line. Temperatures will remain warm through the evening with possible gusty southwest winds.

September 26, 2016 at 8:28 AM

Fire behavior remained active over night. Evacuations of orders remain in place.Threat remain to Geysers Geo-Thermal facility.

September 25, 2016 at 9:54 PM

Humidity is expected to be in the low 20’s through the night. Structures are threatened. Additional resources have been ordered and are en route. A water tender rollover accident occurred on Geysers Rd this afternoon while responding to the incident. No injuries were reported.

September 25, 2016 at 9:03 PM

CAL FIRE PIO Scott McLean update via video.

September 25, 2016 at 6:11 PM

Latest CAL FIRE estimate puts the fire at 1,500 acres, now 10% contained.

September 25, 2016 at 5:54 PM

The American Red Cross has opened an evacuation center, located at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Healdsburg, 1402 University St. Healdsburg. The center opened at 5:00 PM and will provide water, food and shelter if necessary.

Residents in the surrounding Geysers area are urged to stay vigilant, and prepare for possible evacuation. It is recommended that all residents prioritize their personal safety, and do not wait for an evacuation notification if they feel their safety is at risk.

The public is advised to avoid the area in order to facilitate emergency response and evacuations.

September 25, 2016 at 5:22 PM

240 firefighters on scene, more resources are en route.

Total Fire Engines:    23
Total Fire Crews:    7
Total Airtankers:    8
Total Helicopters:    2
Total Dozers:   6
Total Water Tenders:   3

Cooperating agencies: CAL PINE, Napa County Fire, Cloverdale FPD, Geyserville FPD, Healdsburg FD, Windsor FPD, Sonoma and Lake County Sheriff’s Office, CA Highway Patrol, CA Dept. of Corrections and Rehabilitation

September 25, 2016 at 4:30 PM

The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office has ordered a mandatory evacuation for Geysers Rd on the Cloverdale side from Pine Mountain Rd to Geysers Resort Rd due to the fire in the Geysers area.

September 25, 2016 at 4:24 PM

Photo courtesy Julie Sanger.

Photo courtesy Julie Sanger.

The Sonoma County Sheriff has ordered a mandatory evacuation for Geysers Rd on the Cloverdale side from Pine Mountain Rd to Geysers Resort Rd.

There is also an evacuation warning for the area of Geysers Rd on the Geyserville side from Geysers Resort Rd to Anderson Ranch Rd, Ridge Oaks Rd and Monkey Rock Rd and Pocket Ranch Rd.

September 25, 2016 at 4:17 PM

The fire is moving at a moderate rate of spread and is in steep, challenging terrain with difficult access. Fuels are heavy, with areas of grass and pockets of oak woodland. The vegetation is extremely dry due to the past five years of drought conditions. Temperatures are in the high 90’s with low relative humidity. Structures are currently threatened. Additional resources have been ordered and are en route.

September 25, 2016 at 4:16 PM

Red Cross CalNW will be activating a standby shelter in Healdsburg, at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

September 25, 2016 at 3:16 PM

Fire in the Geysers. Photo by Rancho Adobe Fire @RafdFire

Fire in the Geysers. Photo by Rancho Adobe Fire @RafdFire

Per CAL FIRE: Approximately 36 homes off Geysers Rd are evacuated due to the 300 acre #SawmillFire east of Cloverdale in Sonoma County.

The fire is burning in a northerly direction.

September 25, 2016 at 2:42 PM

Geyers Road @ River Road is now closed to ALL traffic due to fire.

September 25, 2016 at 2:16 PM

Per CAL FIRE: Evacuations in Cloverdale, approximately 50 residents under mandatory evacuations. Evacuations are in progress for Cloverdale Geysers Road.

September 25, 2016 at 2:09 PM

Fire now estimated at 250-300 acres.

September 25, 2016 at 2:04 PM

Washington Ridge crews on order, immediate need, with additional resources from CAL FIRE NEU en route to the incident.

September 25, 2016 at 1:38 PM

#Sawmillfire in #LakeCounty as seen from Siegler Mtn - where the Prather family stopped #ValleyFire on their property. Photo by Mary Prather via Terre Logsdon @terreal

#Sawmillfire in #LakeCounty as seen from Siegler Mtn – where the Prather family stopped #ValleyFire on their property. Photo by Mary Prather via Terre Logsdon @terreal

Short-ranger spotting and gusty winds.

September 25, 2016 at 1:25 PM

Mandatory evacuations for Geyserville Road in Cloverdale. The fire is burning in heavy timber and brush in very steep terrain. Red Flag Warning is in effect.

U.S. Forest Service providing firefighting aircraft, local agencies and CAL FIRE resources on scene.

The fire is burning at a moderate rate of spread. Two large air tankers on order and numerous out of the area resources en route. Grass Valley Air Attack Base is sending Tanker 89 to the incident and one helicopter.