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4:50 p.m.

Three more deaths have been confirmed from the Redwood Valley fire in Mendocino County, raises the death toll from the North Bay blazes to 24, 11 of those from Sonoma County.

Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman had indicated the number was expected to rise.

The Redwood Valley fire stretches into Potter Valley and by late afternoon there were mandatory evacuations in Potter Valley, said sheriff’s Capt. Greg Van Patten.

4:35 p.m.

The 11 North Coast fires burning across five separate counties

3:55 p.m.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office has issued an ADVISORY EVACUATION notice for the Lake Pillsbury Basin area because of the Redwood/Potter fires in Mendocino County.

Residents should only use Elk Mountain Road while leaving the area.

An advisory evacuation is not mandated, but strongly recommended.

3:15 p.m.

A Cal Fire mandatory evacuation order has been issued for the city of Calistoga. All residents must evacuate as the Tubbs fire threatens the city of 5,000.

3:04 p.m.

The Sonoma County Sheriff has issued an ADVISORY EVACUATION for most of Boyes Hot Springs and the north side of Sonoma.

This area includes Arnold Drive from Madrone Road, south to Petaluma Avenue and east to East Napa Street and Lovall Valley Road.

Residents are advised to pack necessary belongings, medications, pets, personal items, cellphones, chargers, important papers and anything else deemed necessary. The best route out of town is south towards Petaluma.

Although not an official evacuation shelter, the Sonoma Raceway is offering space to meet temporary immediate needs of evacuees.

3:03 p.m.

The Pocket Fire jumped containment lines north of Geyserville and is moving south toward Moody Lane and Highway 128, Geyserville Fire reported on Twitter just before 3 p.m.

The fire has burned roughly 1,800 acres southeast of Cloverdale since Monday morning and has not been contained, according to Cal Fire reports.

2:22 p.m.

At least five people in Sonoma County have been arrested for suspected looting since fires began Sunday night, Sonoma County Sheriff Rob Giordano said.

Two arrests were made by Santa Rosa police, according to a spokeswoman. There have been 67 calls reporting looting since the fires began early Monday morning, said spokeswoman Adriane Mertens.

The three arrests by sheriff’s deputies Monday and Tuesday were for outstanding warrants and other violations. Giordano said the arrests were not for looting, but investigations connected the suspects, who were arrested on outstanding warrants and violations.

The Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch said earlier this week any looters apprehended “will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

2 p.m.

A large area of Agua Caliente now is included in VOLUNTARY EVACUATION orders due to encroaching fire.

Officials want residents to be able to leave now or be ready to leave in case evacuation becomes mandatory.

The area where residents are being told they could evacuate includes Agua Caliente particularly Park Avenue and Cavedale, Moon Mountain, Kearner, La Placita, Richards, Theordore, Hooker, Oak Tree, London and East Agua Caliente Roads.

1:56 p.m.

ADVISORY EVACUATION notices have been issued for specific areas of Healdsburg and Windsor Wednesday as officials want residents to prepare to evacuate as winds increase and the threat of a nearby fire remains.

John Hudgens

John lives in San Francisco, California and writes about politics and technology with his spare time. For his day job he builds backend applications for websites.

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