Thursday, September 29, 2016

USA, California: Geysers Geothermal Field Wildfire Almost Completely Contained

Sawmill fire burning in The Geysers 95 percent contained (Santa Rosa Press Democrat)

The four-day-old Sawmill fire burning in The Geysers was 95 percent contained Thursday morning, according to a Cal Fire news release.

Fire crews have been battling the blaze since it erupted Sunday morning in the drought-stricken hills in the northeastern part of Sonoma County. The fire’s footprint was reported at 1,547 acres, up from 1,500 acres due to better mapping of the blaze, a Cal Fire spokeswoman said.

Evacuation orders and road closures were lifted Monday evening and the fire didn’t damage any of Calpine’s geothermal facilities, officials said.

Three GRC Fieldtrips will visit The Geysers from the 40th GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+, October 23-26, in Sacramento, California, USA.