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Two North Bay fires merge overnight

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Smoke rises over Journey’s End mobile home park in Santa Rosa on Monday as multiple fires break out across Sonoma, Napa and other North Bay counties. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
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Two of the wildfires burning in the North Bay merged together overnight and have combined to burn nearly 15,000 acres, Cal Fire officials said Thursday.

The Nuns Fire, which started Sunday night near state Highway 12 north of Glen Ellen, combined with a blaze that sparked Wednesday afternoon east of Boyes Hot Springs and has been named the Norrbom Fire.

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The fires together have burned 14,698 acres and were only 3 percent contained as of 7 a.m. Thursday, according to Cal Fire.

The two fires are part of what Cal Fire has called the Southern LNU Complex, which also includes the Atlas Fire that has burned 43,762 acres, the Partrick Fire that has burned 10,817 acres and is only 2 percent contained, the Adobe Fire that has burned 7,955 acres and the Pressley Fire that has burned 473 acres.

The Southern LNU Complex fires have collectively destroyed 191 structures, damaged 25 others and are still threatening 5,000, according to Cal Fire. Those numbers don’t include the deadly Tubbs Fire that started near Calistoga and then spread west, ravaging Santa Rosa and other parts of Sonoma County.

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