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Camp Fire (Butte County) Started 11/08/2018, updated 11/09/2018

Strong northeast winds diminished around midafternoon and ushered in the return to a typical
diurnal pattern. The fire area is still under the influence of low relative humidity’s, dry fuel
moistures. Moderate to extreme fire behavior was observed over the fire area including
spotting, wind and fuel driven runs. The fire will continue to burn to the northwest impacting
the communities of Magalia and Paradise Lake. Fire crews conducted structure defense and
perimeter control. The community of Stirling City is still threatened. The fire continued to burn
to the northeast on both sides of Highway 70. The fire continued to burn to the southwest into
the east Chico city limits and Highway 32. The fire is holding to the south at highway 99 and
highway 149. The fire will continue to burn to the southwest toward Big Bend and Berry Creek.
Crews continued tactical patrols in the communities of Paradise and Concow. The fire will
continue to threaten buildings and infrastructure in the communities of Town of Paradise,
Chico, Magalia, Concow, Stirling City, Yankee Hill, Butte Creek Canyon, Butte Valley, Honey
Run, Helltown, Forest Ranch, and Oroville.

Small Animal: County Hospital at 2279 Del Oro and Mono, Suite E
Large Animal: Butte County Fairgrounds, 199 E Hazel St, Gridley, CA 95948

Bad air shuts down schools
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Bad air shuts down schools

Lungs and nerves rattled by heavy smoke and ash

Schools across the county are closed today as poor air quality and bad memories plague Sonoma County. The smoke and ash is blowing in from a considerable distance, from the Camp Fire currently scorching 70,000 acres in Butte County, roughly 100 miles  northeast of Sonoma County.

Starting around 5:30 a.m. school officials from districts across the county checked the Air Quality Index and discussed the possibilities. In addition to the health issues, administrators were cognizant that the smoke and ash carries a mental toll for students as well, with memories of our own firestorm so fresh.

“With a priority on the physical and emotional health and safety of our students and staff, all schools will be closed today,” read a statement from Windsor’s Superintendent Brandon Krueger.

“The first thing to know is that each school district is autonomous and makes this decision on their own, based on conditions in their area,” said Jaime Hansen, director of Communications for the Sonoma County Office of Education. “Air quality can really differ from region to region. There’s no cutline where the state says ‘If it’s like this, you need to cancel school.’ Each district made their decision based on the Air Quality Index readings in their area.”

Sonoma County’s 40 school districts make independent decisions whether to close school based on the air quality conditions in their area,” said Dr. Steven Herrington, Sonoma County superintendent of schools. “In our role coordinating the announcement of school closures to the public, SCOE advises districts to err on the side of caution in protecting student health when making decisions to close because of air quality. This is because children, especially young children, have still-developing lungs and a higher rate of activity, which makes them more susceptible to the impacts of smoke.

“At 5 a.m. this morning, the air quality reading was quite poor and was predicted to decline rapidly, which has since happened. Based on this prediction, all Sonoma County school districts made the decision to close school,” finished Herrington.

Though public schools all shut their doors for the day, several local private and independent schools stayed open. The Town of Windsor’s preschool program was open, and the public library system is open and offering a smoke-free respite from the conditions. Cloverdale, Healdsburg, Windsor, Sebastopol and Guerneville branches are all open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Forestville branch is open from 3 to 6:30 p.m.

In addition, all county offices are open for business as usual.

At 10:20 a.m. on Friday, the Air Quality Index for Windsor, Healdsburg and Cloverdale was 179, and between 142 and 160 in west county. 101 to 150 is considered “Unhealthy for sensitive groups (including children) and 151 to 200 is considered “Unhealthy.”

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The Air Quality Index – https://airnow.gov/aqi/aqi-basics

Poor Air Quality Prompts Sonoma County School Closures Today
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Poor Air Quality Prompts Sonoma County School Closures Today

As of 7:45 am, The Sonoma County Office of Education reports all school districts in Sonoma County are closed either due to air quality concerns or for pre-scheduled staff development days. Dunham and Liberty school districts in Petaluma are closed for staff development.

In addition to the campuses of Santa Rosa Junior College and Sonoma State University, here is the updated list of all school districts and other K-12 programs that are closed for Friday, November 9th:

Alexander Valley Union, Healdsburg

Bennett Valley Union, Santa Rosa

Bellevue Union School District

Cinnabar, Petaluma

Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District

Cloverdale Unified, Cloverdale

Forestville Union, Forestville

Fort Ross Elementary, Cazadero

Geyserville Unified, Geyserville

Guerneville School District, Guerneville

Gravenstein, Sebastopol

Harmony Union, Occidental

Healsdsburg Unified, Healdsburg

Horicon

Kashia, Stewarts Point

Kenwood School District, Kenwood

Mark West Union, Santa Rosa/Larkfield

Monte Rio Union, Monte Rio

Montgomery, Cazadero

Oak Grove Union,  Santa Rosa

Old Adobe Union, Petaluma

Petaluma City Schools, Petaluma

Piner-Olivet Union School District, Santa Rosa

Rincon Valley Union, Santa Rosa

Roseland School District, Roseland

Santa Rosa City Schools, Santa Rosa

Sebastopol Union, Sebastopol

Sebastopol Independent Charter, Sebastopol

Sonoma Valley Unified, Sonoma

Twin Hills Union, Sebastopol

Two Rock Union, Petaluma

Waugh, Petaluma

West Sonoma County Union High School District, Sebastopol/Forestville

Wilmar Union, Petaluma

Wright School District, Santa Rosa

Windsor Unified, Windsor

Independent Charters/Other Programs:

Kid Street Charter, Santa Rosa

Sebastopol Independent Charter, Sebastopol

Credo Charter, Rohnert Park

SCOE special education classes held within the school districts that are closed

SCOE Transition Program classes for 18-22 year olds

Amarosa Academy (SCOE)

Headwaters Academy (SCOE)

North Coast School of Education Classes at SCOE

SCOE offices closed except for essential functions

*SCOE will be closed except for key operational staff

UPDATE: Schools, Colleges Closed Today Due to Smoke from Butte County's 'Camp Fire'
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UPDATE: Schools, Colleges Closed Today Due to Smoke from Butte County's 'Camp Fire'

Due to the heavy smoke continuing today from the 20,000 acre ‘Camp Fire’ in Butte County, certain schools across Sonoma County will be closed today. This from Steve Herrington, superintendent of schools for Sonoma County, and Diane Kitamura of the Santa Rosa City School District.

The closure list includes the following schools:

As of 7:45am, all school districts in Sonoma County are closed either due to air quality concerns or for pre-scheduled staff development days. Dunham and Liberty school districts in Petaluma are closed for staff development. Following is the updated list of all school districts and other K-12 programs that are closed Friday, Nov. 9.

School Districts

Alexander Valley Union, Healdsburg
Bennett Valley Union, Santa Rosa
Bellevue Union School District
Cinnabar, Petaluma
Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District
Cloverdale Unified, Cloverdale
Forestville Union, Forestville
Fort Ross Elementary, Cazadero
Geyserville Unified, Geyserville
Guerneville School District, Guerneville
Gravenstein, Sebastopol
Harmony Union, Occidental
Healsdsburg Unified, Healdsburg
Horicon
Kashia, Stewarts Point
Kenwood School District, Kenwood
Mark West Union, Santa Rosa/Larkfield
Monte Rio Union, Monte Rio
Montgomery, Cazadero
Oak Grove Union, Santa Rosa
Old Adobe Union, Petaluma
Petaluma City Schools, Petaluma
Piner-Olivet Union School District, Santa Rosa
Rincon Valley Union, Santa Rosa
Roseland School District, Roseland
Santa Rosa City Schools, Santa Rosa
Sebastopol Union, Sebastopol
Sebastopol Independent Charter, Sebastopol
Sonoma Valley Unified, Sonoma
Summerfield-Waldorf School and Farm
Twin Hills Union, Sebastopol
Two Rock Union, Petaluma
Waugh, Petaluma
West Sonoma County Union High School District, Sebastopol/Forestville
Wilmar Union, Petaluma
Wright School District, Santa Rosa
Windsor Unified, Windsor

— Independent Charters/Other Programs

Kid Street Charter, Santa Rosa
Sebastopol Independent Charter, Sebastopol
Credo Charter, Rohnert Park
SCOE special education classes held within the school districts that are closed
SCOE Transition Program classes for 18-22 year olds
Amarosa Academy (SCOE)
Headwaters Academy (SCOE)
North Coast School of Education Classes at SCOE
SCOE offices closed except for essential functions

— SCOE will be closed except for key operational staff

Check back for the latest updates.

BREAKING NEWS: Schools, Colleges Closed Today Due to Smoke from Butte County's 'Camp Fire'
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BREAKING NEWS: Schools, Colleges Closed Today Due to Smoke from Butte County's 'Camp Fire'

Due to the heavy smoke continuing today from the 20,000 acre ‘Camp Fire’ in Butte County, certain schools across Sonoma County will be closed today. This from Steve Herrington, superintendent of schools for Sonoma County, and Diane Kitamura of the Santa Rosa City School District.

The closure list includes the following schools:

As of 7:45am, all school districts in Sonoma County are closed either due to air quality concerns or for pre-scheduled staff development days. Dunham and Liberty school districts in Petaluma are closed for staff development. Following is the updated list of all school districts and other K-12 programs that are closed Friday, Nov. 9.

School Districts

Alexander Valley Union, Healdsburg
Bennett Valley Union, Santa Rosa
Bellevue Union School District
Cinnabar, Petaluma
Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District
Cloverdale Unified, Cloverdale
Forestville Union, Forestville
Fort Ross Elementary, Cazadero
Geyserville Unified, Geyserville
Guerneville School District, Guerneville
Gravenstein, Sebastopol
Harmony Union, Occidental
Healsdsburg Unified, Healdsburg
Horicon
Kashia, Stewarts Point
Kenwood School District, Kenwood
Mark West Union, Santa Rosa/Larkfield
Monte Rio Union, Monte Rio
Montgomery, Cazadero
Oak Grove Union, Santa Rosa
Old Adobe Union, Petaluma
Petaluma City Schools, Petaluma
Piner-Olivet Union School District, Santa Rosa
Rincon Valley Union, Santa Rosa
Roseland School District, Roseland
Santa Rosa City Schools, Santa Rosa
Sebastopol Union, Sebastopol
Sebastopol Independent Charter, Sebastopol
Sonoma Valley Unified, Sonoma
Summerfield-Waldorf School and Farm
Twin Hills Union, Sebastopol
Two Rock Union, Petaluma
Waugh, Petaluma
West Sonoma County Union High School District, Sebastopol/Forestville
Wilmar Union, Petaluma
Wright School District, Santa Rosa
Windsor Unified, Windsor

— Independent Charters/Other Programs

Kid Street Charter, Santa Rosa
Sebastopol Independent Charter, Sebastopol
Credo Charter, Rohnert Park
SCOE special education classes held within the school districts that are closed
SCOE Transition Program classes for 18-22 year olds
Amarosa Academy (SCOE)
Headwaters Academy (SCOE)
North Coast School of Education Classes at SCOE
SCOE offices closed except for essential functions

— SCOE will be closed except for key operational staff

Check back for the latest updates.

Poor air quality triggers dozens of school closures in Bay Area
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Poor air quality triggers dozens of school closures in Bay Area

Bay Area skies are filled with smoke from the fire burning in Northern California’s Butte County.

Timelapse video from Atlas Peak in Napa shows a thick blanket of smoke rolling into the Bay Area on Thursday.

VIDEO: Smoke from Camp Fire in Butte County fills the air in Bay Area

Schools across the region are responding to the poor air quality.

All Santa Rosa City Schools and Petaluma City Schools have been canceled due to the unhealthy air.

In the West Contra Costa Unified School District, outdoor activities have been canceled at all 54 schools today. recess, lunch and PE class will all be brought inside.

“We put out a notice that while the air quality is unhealthy we want to keep them inside as much as possible. As winds change we may put out a new direction to our school sites,” said spokesperson Marcus Walton.

RELATED: Thousands evacuated from massive Camp Fire in Butte County

He said parents should also consider keeping kids home if that seems to be the best option.

“If they have concerns about their children’s health, they should consult with their healthcare provider and keep children home if they are more comfortable. The same thing goes for the staff. We don’t want them coming to work if the smoke is causing ailments or problems we want them to consult with their healthcare professional and take care of themselves,” he said.

RELATED: Wildfire masks: How to best protect yourself from smoke during a fire

Three High School football teams have playoff games this weekend. They will monitor the air quality and make a decision about practices and the games later in the day.

The Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified High School District has also released a list of school closures:

Alexander Valley Union, Healdsburg
Bennett Valley Union, Santa Rosa

Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District
Cloverdale Unified, Cloverdale
Forestville Union, Forestville
Geyserville Unified, Geyserville
Guerneville School District, Guerneville
Harmony Union, Occidental
Healsdsburg Unified, Healdsburg
Horicon
Kenwood School District, Kenwood
Mark West Union, Santa Rosa/Larkfield
Monte Rio Union, Monte Rio
Oak Grove Union, Santa Rosa
Piner-Olivet Union School District, Santa Rosa
Rincon Valley Union, Santa Rosa
Roseland School District, Roseland
Santa Rosa City Schools, Santa Rosa
Sebastopol Union, Sebastopol
Sonoma Valley Unified, Sonoma
Twin Hills Union, Sebastopol
Two Rock Union, Petaluma
West Sonoma County Union High School District, Sebastopol/Forestville
Wright School District, Santa Rosa
Windsor Unified, Windsor
SCOE special education classes held within the school districts that are closed
SCOE Transition Program classes for 18-22 year olds
Amarosa Academy (SCOE)
North Coast School of Education classes at SCOE

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