Help for Victims of the Tubbs Fire
The Tubbs Fire started near Calistoga and is one of 18 wildfires that broke out in northern California starting on October 8, 2017. The fire affected various locations throughout Sonoma County, burning 36,807 acres. If you’re one of many people the Tubbs Fire has affected, there are lawyers available at the Wine Country Wildfire Consortium to help with recovery.
Tubbs Fire Facts
The Tubbs Fire has destroyed 6,957 buildings and damaged 486 more. There have been 22 civilian fatalities attributable to the Tubbs Fire. It is the most destructive wildfire in California’s history, as well as one of the deadliest. Mandatory evacuations from the Tubbs Fire began on October 8th.
Here’s how the Tubbs Fire spread:
- It started at 9:43 p.m., off Highway 128 and Bennett Lane in Calistoga.
- By 10:30 p.m., the edge of the fire had already spread almost a mile outward.
- By 11:00 p.m., Tubbs Fire had spread about 4.5 miles from its origin point southwest. It had already killed one person at this time.
- The fire traveled downhill at unusually high speeds due to winds of up to 50 miles per hour.
- By midnight, the fire reached past Porter Creek Road and into Santa Rosa.
- Firefighters evacuated the entire area between Calistoga and Santa Rosa by 11:58 p.m. on October 8th.
- At 1:12 a.m., firefighters told citizens of eastern Santa Rosa that Tubbs Fire would reach them within an hour.
- By 2:00 a.m., the fire had spread into the Fountaingrove area. Multiple deaths had occurred by this time.
- At 3:00 a.m., the fire reached Coffey Park. From there, it traveled toward San Francisco.
The extreme conditions in the area caused the fire to spread with such rapidity that many people hardly had time to escape their homes by the time the first emergency alerts sounded. Some never made it out alive. Officials have released the names of some of the deceased including 27-year-old Christina Hanson, who used a wheelchair and was unable to escape her apartment. By October 14th, the Wine Country fires had burned more than 210,000 acres and destroyed 5,700 buildings. .
Affected by the Tubbs Fire? Help Is Available
On October 7, 2017, the day before the fire began, the National Weather Service issued a red flag warning throughout northern California for extremely volatile conditions. Winds were high and the weather was hot and dry. On the evening of October 8th, the Diablo winds kicked up and over one dozen wildfires began to break out that night in the affected areas. The Tubbs Fire affected Napa and Sonoma counties, destroying numerous homes and buildings in the Fountaingrove area, including the historic Fountaingrove Inn, a Hilton resort, and Round Barn. Contact the Wine Country Wildfire Consortium for help as a Tubbs Fire victim.