Point Fire Update: Evacuations in effect near Healdsburg in Sonoma County

As of Monday morning, the Point Fire in Sonoma County is about 1,100 acres and 20% contained.

SONOMA COUNTY, Calif. — Evacuations are still in effect as the Point Fire burns near Lake Sonoma in Sonoma County on Monday.

The fire started Sunday around 12:30 p.m. near Stewarts Point Skaggs Springs Road in Healdsburg, according to Cal Fire.

As of Monday morning, the blaze is about 1,100 acres and 20% contained. An evacuation order is in effect for zone SON-2E2  and an evacuation warning is in effect for zone SON-2E3. find a map of the evacuation zones HERE and below.

Cal Fire said there is a potential Monday for the fire to spread further, so people in nearby areas should take measures to prepare for the fire.

Areas like Suisun City and Vacaville might be smelling smoke for a while due to the Point Fire in Sonoma County. According to the National Weather Service, northwesterly winds were pushing wildfire smoke into the delta and northern San Joaquin Valley on Sunday.

Vacaville Fire Department, Suisun City Fire Department and Fairfield Fire Department all posted to Facebook, saying there were no fires burning in their cities. Instead, they all said residents were experiencing drift smoke from the Point Fire.

The cause of the Point Fire is under investigation.

STAY INFORMED

EVACUATIONS

An evacuation order is in effect for zone SON-2E2  and an evacuation warning is in effect for zone SON-2E3. Find a map of the evacuation zones HERE and below.


FIRE MAP

This map from the National Interagency Fire Center shows fire activity (this may take a few seconds to load):


WILDFIRE PREPS

According to Cal Fire, the 2022 fire season was quieter than previous years, but there were still several significant fires. January 2022 saw just one major incident with the Colorado Fire in Monterey County burning 687 acres. Fires picked up in May when the Lost Lake Fire burned through 5,856 acres. The largest fire in 2022, the Mosquito Fire, started in early September. It burned through more than 76,000 acres in El Dorado and Placer counties. 

Overall, 331,360 acres burned in 2022 from 7,477 wildfires — well below the five-year average of 2.3 million acres. Over 870 structures were affected and nine people were killed, all civilians.  

If you live in a wildfire-prone zone, Cal Fire suggests creating a defensible space around your home. Defensible space is an area around a building in which vegetation and other debris are completely cleared. At least 100 feet is recommended.

WATCH: What you need to know to prepare, stay safe for wildfires

The Department of Homeland Security suggests assembling an emergency kit that has important documents, N95 respirator masks, and supplies to grab with you if you’re forced to leave at a moment’s notice. The agency also suggests signing up for local warning system notifications and knowing your community’s evacuation plans best to prepare yourself and your family in cases of wildfires.

Some counties use Nixle alerts to update residents on severe weather, wildfires, and other news. To sign up, visit www.nixle.com or text your zip code to 888777 to start receiving alerts. 

Read more: Are you wildfire ready? Here’s what to do to prepare for fire season.

PG&E customers can also subscribe to alerts via text, email, or phone call. If you’re a PG&E customer, visit the Profile & Alerts section of your account to register.

What questions do you have about the latest wildfires? If you’re impacted by the wildfires, what would you like to know? Text the ABC10 team at (916) 321-3310.

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