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.
The Sonoma County Sheriff's office has received about 150 missing-person reports as a series of fires continue to burn in wine country.
"We have received about 150 missing-persons reports. We are confident that many of these people will be found safe and reunited with loved ones, but unfortunately we are preparing for further fatalities," the department said in a Facebook post.
The department said 4,991 residents spent the night in one of the 24 evacuation centers open in the county.
The department said there had been calls of suspicious vehicles but no reports of looting and no arrests in the evacuated areas.
At least 11 people have died in Northern California fires that continue to ravage multiple counties, while the Anaheim Hills fire in Southern California has scorched between 5,000 to 6,000 acres.