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Ash falling from sky in Sacramento Valley from nearby fires

Several fires burning near Napa are sending ash into the Sacramento Valley bringing unhealthy air and hazy skies
Credit: Sharon Schwarz

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Several fires burning in Northern California are producing hazy, smoke-filled skies to the area.

On Monday evening, the smoke was so thick, ash started falling from the sky from nearby fires in the Napa area. Winds pushed the smoke plume east from the area into the Sacramento Valley.

Winds are expected to bring smoke into the valley through Tuesday and possibly until there's better containment on the fire lines. The tweet link below shows a timeline of where the smoke is headed through early Tuesday. The thickest smoke is shaded in purple. Lighter smoke is blue.

The combination of fires is being called the LNU Lightning Complex, which includes the Hennessey, Gamble, 15-10, Spanish, Markley, 13-4, and 11-16 fires. According to Cal Fire, extreme fire behavior with short and long-range spotting is continuing to challenge firefighting efforts.

From Cal Fire as of 8/18/2020 10:00 p.m.:

Napa County:

  • Hennessey Fire: Hennessey Ridge Road in Napa County, Califonia. The fire is current 10,000 acres and 0% contained. 1 structure, 2 outbuildings have been destroyed.
  • Gamble Fire: Berryessa Knoxville Road, West of Brooks. Fire is currently 10,000 acres and 0% contained.
  • 15-10 Fire: Near Putah Creek Bridge / Berryessa Knoxville Rd. Fire is currently 8,000 acres and 0% contained.
  • Spanish Fire: Near Spanish Flat. Fire is currently 1,000 acres and 0% contained.
  • Markley Fire: Near Monticello dam. Fire is 2,500 acres and 0% contained.

Sonoma County:

  • 13-4 Fire: West of Healdsburg. The fire is currently 500 acres and 0% contained.
  • 11-16 Fire: North of Jenner. The fire is currently 25 acres and 0% contained.

Several roads are closed and evacuation orders remain in place.

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