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Lightning Complex Fires trigger evacuation of 30,000 in Sonoma County; 10-4 Fire at 1,500 acres

ABC 7 San Francisco logo ABC 7 San Francisco 8/20/2020 Cornell Barnard

Officials say 30,000 people have evacuated from wildfires that burned at least 43,000 acres in Napa County and Sonoma County.

The largest active fire in western Sonoma County is the 13-4 Fire at 1,500 acres and 0% containment.

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Officials say 30,000 people have been evacuated from communities along the Russian River, including Guerneville. CAL FIRE is calling for more air support to be deployed to Sonoma County.

Overnight, the 13-4 Fire turned towards northwest Sonoma County causing thousands to evacuate.

Corina Amato was told to leave her home Tuesday night as the Wallbridge Fire slowly moved towards Guerneville. Many people left and much of downtown was an empty ghost town. But Amato is staying put until she she gets word from the fire chief himself.

"He told me if you see fire, go. that's what people are doing who live here," said Amato.

The fire was visible, only miles from Guerneville, a ridge was exploding in flames as the fire marched on.

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As of Wednesday afternoon, the fire had burned 1,500 acres and was zero percent contained.

Fire was creeping on to Sweetwater Springs Road, we found a Cal Fire crew making a stand, pushing back the flames. So much dry brush, burning within seconds.

The blaze is part of three main fires now being called the LNU Lightning Complex Fires.

At least 50 structures have burned and four people have been injured in the fires.

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Officials say there are six wildfires burning in Napa County and two burning in Sonoma County, as firefighters were going door to door doing checks, making sure people evacuated.

Firefighters, who are clearly stretched to the limit, needing more resources.

"Resources are important but we need weather to cooperate. That's our biggest challenge high temps, low humidity and winds," said Cal Fire spokesperson Paul Lowenthal.

Cal Fire is encouraging people to follow orders:

"Residents that are in the evacuation order area we hope have heeded to those warnings and moved out of the area especially in those rural remote single-lane windy roads. We need those individuals evacuated and out of the area so our firefighters can move in and out easily and not have to worry about oncoming traffic," said Paul Lowenthal, Cal Fire.

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Evacuation centers are set up in the communities of Bodega Bay, Santa Rosa, and Healdsburg. Large animals can be taken to the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, where protocols are in place for COVID-19.

By 10 am Wednesday, there were a dozen horses and Michael Huffstutter's goats and lots of chickens.

"We got animals loaded up, spent the night in the truck, we brought them here where they'll be cared for," said Michael Huffstutter.

Dozens of animals have also been rescued by the Napa Community Animal Response Team. At least 75 horses along with goats and sheep have been saved. This team not only keeps them, they help evacuate them. Officials have halted the rescues today due to the high fire danger, but hope to resume. If you would like assistance, contact (707) 666-3598.

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