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Black smoke rises over Santa Rosa, Calif. Monday, October 9, 2017 as multiple fires break out across Sonoma, Napa and other North Bay counties. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
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Cal Fire officials Tuesday morning released new containment numbers for several wildfires still burning in the North Bay, with the three largest fires being at least two-thirds contained.

The largest fire in the region is now the Nuns Fire, which started near state Highway 12 north of Glen Ellen on Oct. 8 and has burned 52,894 acres. It was 68 percent contained as of Tuesday morning, according to Cal Fire.

What was previously the largest of the North Bay wildfires until Tuesday — the Atlas Fire — has burned 51,064 acres and was 77 percent contained Tuesday. It also started Oct. 8 off of Atlas Peak Road south of Lake Berryessa.

The Tubbs Fire, which started off of state Highway 128 and Bennett Lane near Calistoga and spread to Santa Rosa and elsewhere in Sonoma County, was 82 percent contained after burning 36,432 acres, Cal Fire officials said.

Other smaller wildfires continued to burn in the area, including the 12,430-acre Pocket Fire near Geyserville that was 58 percent contained as of Tuesday morning, and the Oakmont Fire that has burned 1,029 acres and is 16 percent contained, according to Cal Fire.

At least 22 people have died in the fires in Sonoma County, while at least six have died in Napa County.

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