Point Fire causes evacuations, burns 900 acres

The Point Fire that broke out Sunday in Sonoma County has burned more than 1,000 acres, destroyed some structures and prompted evacuation orders near its point of origin, Lake Sonoma, officials said. authorities.

The fire also appears to be heading toward several wineries in the area.

Cal Fire reported the fire was first reported at 12:33 p.m. in an area about 12 miles northwest of Healdsburg, west of Geyserville. It is one of more than a dozen wildfires ravaging the state.

As of 10 p.m. Sunday evening, the state fire agency reported the fire had grown to 1,013 acres and was 15 percent contained. No significant injuries were immediately reported, but Cal Fire wrote in a social media post that “we have confirmed reports of destroyed structures and are working on damage inspections on the type and number of structures”.

The post also said the fire had spread south toward Mountain View Ranch Road, placing several wineries located on and south of that road in the path of the fire.

Evacuation orders have been issued for residents of Fall Creek Road, Stewarts Point-Skaggs Spring Road and West Dry Creek Road. Evacuation warnings – alerts telling residents to be ready to leave – have been issued for areas extending south of Lake Sonoma.

Cal Fire said Sunday evening that “crews are hopeful the threat to structures along the upper Dry Creek Valley will diminish as the sun sets.”

Following the fire, air quality was recorded as unhealthy from Healdsburg to Napa, according to online readings from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. The National Weather Service predicted that smoke from the fire overnight would follow the same path from northwest to southeast.

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