LOCAL CALIFORNIA

The death toll from the fires has hit 41, and officials believe that number will rise as searchers make their way through the neighborhoods in Santa Rosa that burned down as well as mountain communities across wine country.

What you need to know:

  • Officials said Monday they are making good progress on the massive Tubbs and Atlas fires, which are both more than 60% contained.
  • Crews have also achieved 50% containment on the Nuns fire, but a smaller adjacent blaze near the Oakmont neighborhood of Santa Rosa continues to cause trouble.
  • Mandatory evacuation orders for Calistoga residents east of the Tubbs fire and locals living south of Lake Curry east of the Atlas fire have been lifted. Orders remain in place for several communities to the Atlas fire's north, east and south flanks.
  • Over the next few days, weather conditions are expected to improve significantly.
  • Northern California fires have scorched more than 220,000 acres since they began Oct. 8. As many as 10,000 firefighters from throughout California and surrounding states have battled the fires around the clock.
Sonoma

Evacuation shelters will not ask immigration status, Sonoma County sheriff says

Sonoma County Sheriff Rob Giordano speaks to reporters. (Phil Willon / Los Angeles Times)
Sonoma County Sheriff Rob Giordano speaks to reporters. (Phil Willon / Los Angeles Times)

Shelters opened for fire evacuees in Sonoma County will not ask anyone's immigration status, Sheriff Rob Giordano said Wednesday night. 

"There’s a rumor out there that people are checking immigration status in shelters and that is not true,” he told reporters at a news briefing. 

“Immigration status will never be asked of you." 

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