Fire 13-4

Fire 13-4

Though I’ve been gone for over a year, I monitor Sonoma County (California) emergencies because my mother is still there:
FireShot Capture 262 - County of Sonoma Fire Incident Application - experience.arcgis.com
Fig. 1. Screenshot of Sonoma County evacuation map, taken by author, August 19, 2020, 2:09 am EDT (August 18, 11:09 pm PDT).

Unlike the Kincade Fire last year, Fire 13-4 (figure 1), as they’re calling it, is west of Highway 101, but in remote, rugged terrain of northern Sonoma County. This is pretty much as remote as it gets in the county. It got my attention especially because the evacuation zones are starting to get closer to my mother’s house.

It’s on the other side of the Russian River from her, but the river isn’t particularly wide here; it is wooded on both sides. And if the fire were to spread south towards Forestville, and indeed to jump the river, it would be in the very patch of forest I worried about last year.

It’s got a ways to go before that happens. But the only areas here that aren’t bone dry are the river itself and vineyards. The latter line Westside Road, which is currently part of the southern boundary of mandatory evacuation zones.


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