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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.
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The Tubbs fire is now one of the five deadliest in California history

Wildfire is visible Tuesday from a vineyard near Kenwood. (Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
Wildfire is visible Tuesday from a vineyard near Kenwood. (Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

The death toll from the Tubbs fire in Napa and Sonoma counties rose to 15 late Thursday, making it one of the five deadliest wildfires in California history. 

Two other wildfires, including the 2003 Cedar fire in San Diego, each claimed the lives of 15 people. 

Here's a look at the deadliest blazes in state history in addition to the Tubbs fire: 

  • The Griffith Park fire burned only 47 acres in October 1933, but took 29 lives.
  • The Oakland Hills fire killed 25 people in October 1991. The fire burned 1,600 acres and destroyed 2,900 structures. 
  • The Cedar fire in San Diego scorched 273,246 acres in October 2003 and claimed the lives of 15 people. 
  • The Rattlesnake fire in Glenn County in July 1953 burned 1,340 acres and killed 15 people. 

 

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