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Point Fire crews hold the line in Sonoma County; all evacuations lifted

Wildfire in Sonoma county brings up past trauma for nearby business
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Fire crews battling the Point Fire in Sonoma County kept the wildfire at 50% containment and lifted all evacuation order and warnings, Cal Fire said.

The agency said in a social media post Wednesday that crews kept the fire at 1,207 acres and 50% containment. Overnight, fire behavior remained moderate, and crews noted there was little fire activity. The favorable weather conditions on Tuesday had allowed firefighters to increase containment of the fire and allowed crews to continue to fortify control lines. 

They will continue to work on heat sources inside the perimeter and mitigate any hazards.

At 6:26 a.m. Tuesday, Cal Fire said acreage burned in the wildfire held steady at 1,207 acres, while containment increased to 40%. Hundreds of people have been evacuated from Zone SON-2E2, while Zone SON-2E3 remained under an evacuation warning.

By the evening, Cal Fire said they had increased containment to 50%, with acreage burned remaining the same.

On Monday evening, Sonoma County declared a state of emergency because of the Point Fire, which will allow for state and federal disaster aid. The county Board of Supervisors was to meet within a week to ratify the proclamation.

The wildfire began at about 12:30 p.m. Sunday above Dry Creek Valley near Stewarts Point-Skaggs Springs Road. The location is nearly the same as the 2020 Walbridge Fire, which destroyed 156 homes and 293 structures in the hills west of Healdsburg and north of Guerneville.

Point Fire in Sonoma County
A Cal Fire helicopter prepares to drop water on Point Fire in Healdsburg, Calif., on Monday, June 17, 2024. Scott Strazzante/San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images

At least two structures have been destroyed in the Point Fire. On Monday, Cal Fire said one firefighter suffered a neck injury from a falling tree branch. 

The cause of the fire was still under investigation.

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