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.
Two Santa Rosa hospitals — Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital and Kaiser's Santa Rosa Medical Center — were evacuated as the Tubbs fire spread from Calistoga into Sonoma County late Sunday and early Monday.
“Imagine there’s a wind-whipped fire ... burning department stores, burning box stores, impacting hospitals," Cal Fire Director Ken Pimlott said during a press conference Monday.
"We have safely evacuated the Santa Rosa medical center due to fires burning in the area. Many patients were transported to Kaiser Permanente in San Rafael and other local hospitals," Kaiser spokeswoman Jenny Mack said in an email. "All scheduled appointments and surgeries have been cancelled for the day in Santa Rosa and the Napa Medical Offices."
Mack added later that the Santa Rosa and Napa medical offices were not damaged, and that families seeking information on Santa Rosa hospital patients could call 855-599-0033.
"All Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital patients are safe and have been transferred to other area hospitals," Sutter Health spokeswoman Liz Madison said in an email Monday morning. "Due to road closures, Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital is inaccessible at this time."
“We’ve had hospitals that have required evacuation ... all of those take significant amount of coordination and assets to ensure... that special needs populations and others that require special assistance are taken care of," said Mark Ghilarducci, director of the governor’s Office of Emergency Services. "That will remain our priority."
1:28 p.m.: This article was updated with news about a hotline for locating Kaiser's patients.
This article was originally published at 1:10 p.m.