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Lack of strong winds overnight help crews get containment on fires

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A charred car sits on the side of the road after the Atlas Fire raged along Atlas Peak Drive in Napa, Calif. Wednesday, October 11, 2017. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
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Four days after several wildfires sparked in the North Bay, fire crews were able to finally make some progress in battling the blazes overnight, Napa County officials said Thursday.

“The wind event predicted to blow through the night didn’t materialize quite as predicted, and that allowed us to have more containment,” Napa County Fire Chief Barry Biermann said at a briefing Thursday morning.

“We’re hoping that the weather continues to cooperate,” Biermann said.

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The Tubbs Fire, which started Sunday night near Calistoga and has spread to Santa Rosa and elsewhere in Sonoma County, has burned 34,270 acres and is 10 percent contained as of this morning, according to Cal Fire.

The largest of the wildfires, the Atlas Fire, has burned 43,762 acres and is threatening part of Solano County. It is 3 percent contained. There are several other wildfires in the area that have collectively burned tens of thousands of acres.

“It’s the beginning of day four and we’re beginning to contain this fire, that’s the story of the day,” Napa County Board of Supervisors chair Belia Ramos said.

“We’re in this together, you’re well supported, we’re going to get through this together,” Ramos said.

Calistoga Mayor Chris Canning said although his entire city was ordered to evacuate as of Wednesday afternoon because of approaching flames, fire crews have kept them at bay and no damage has been reported within the city limits.

Canning warned any residents trying to return to mandatory evacuation areas that they will be distracting from the firefighting effort.

“If you are not a first responder, you are not welcome,” he said.

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