100 Percent Local
Safari West north of Santa Rosa resumed its tours Monday, six weeks after the Tubbs Fire burned small outbuildings and a few vehicles but spared the African animal species.
A flash flood watch has been issued for the North Bay valleys and mountains for Wednesday afternoon through Thursday morning.
Cal Fire officials said the Tubbs Fire and the Nuns Fire in Napa and Sonoma counties are 99 percent contained.
Santa Rosa Fire Chief Tony Gossner said this afternoon 42,000 people have been "repopulated" to their homes in areas formerly evacuated.
Some residents who had been evacuated in both Napa and Sonoma counties area being allowed to return homes.
Napa officials made it clear that this is "the day we have dreamed of" since savage wildfires sparked there a week ago.
Twenty-one fires across California have killed 26 people, destroyed thousands of structures and burned nearly 200,000 acres.
Thursday’s weather offers no help to firefighters battling 22 major wildfires across the North Bay.
Santa Rosa police have arrested three suspected looters since Monday in areas evacuated because of the Tubbs Fire.
Five major wildland fires have now burned more than 39,000 acres in Sonoma and Napa counties.
There are roughly 87,000 utility customers without electrical service in the North Bay, with the majority of those customers in Sonoma and Napa counties.
The Sonoma Raceway is opening its 50-acre campground this afternoon to evacuees from the several wildfires currently burning in the North Bay.
A price-gouging alert was issued Monday by the California attorney general to remind residents and business owners that California law prohibits price gouging during a state of emergency.
Seven fire-related deaths in Sonoma County and two in Napa brings the total number in the Bay Area to nine.