3:30 p.m. California State Parks opening campsites to evacuees in Napa, Sonoma wildfires: Sites at Bodega Dunes Campground, Wrights Beach at Sonoma Coast State Park and Woodside Campground at Salt Point State Park are open to displaced residents, but they are not official evacuation areas, according to California Department of Parks and Recreation officials. The campsites will offer showers, bathrooms, drinking water and trash bins. Those needing more comprehensive services such as food, bedding and personal aid should go to a designated shelter.
4:15 p.m. San Francisco State University classes canceled: All Thursday evening classes at San Francisco State University are canceled starting at 5 p.m., according to university officials. The main campus, the downtown campus and the Romberg Tiburon Center will be closed from 8 a.m. Friday through Sunday because of the bad air quality caused by wildfires buring in the North Bay. Mashouf Wellness Center, housing services and dining services will remain accessible to students as will vital personnel, according to a statement from the school.
5:33 p.m. More events canceled due to air: The Humane Society Silicon Valley canceled its Tails and Ales event scheduled for Saturday because of declining air quality. The organization said it would provide an update by Oct. 20.
Walnut Creek Downtown's Saturday Oktoberfest event is also canceled as part of Contra Costa County's cancellation of all outdoor activity over the weekend, issued by the Department of Public Health.
5:57 p.m. Unhealthy time for breathing: The Bay Area’s smoky air isn’t good for air-breathers’ health, and won’t get much better for at least a few days. Air quality was rated “unhealthy” for most of Thursday in San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland, Marin County and as far south as Redwood City, said Kristine Roselius, spokeswoman for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.
Farther south, she said, the air was classified “unhealthy for sensitive groups” for six to eight hours Thursday in San Jose, and for three hours in Gilroy. Napa, at the heart of the fires, had the worst rating on the air-quality scale, “hazardous.” Roselius said the forecast is for more of the same over the next few days.
6:53 p.m. Some evacuation orders downgraded: The voluntary evacuation order in the Eastridge neighborhood in Fairfield was downgraded to an advisory. Residents are allowed to return, but officials said they must be prepared to evacuate on short notice if fire conditions change.
Earlier, the mandatory evacuation order of Silverado Country Club, Monticello Park and The Avenues in Napa County was lifted Thursday at 5 p.m. The areas west of Silverado Trail between Hardman Avenue and Highway 128 were also no longer under mandatory evacuation. Affected residents were allowed to return to their homes, officials said.
7:26 p.m. New red flag warning for Friday night: The National Weather Service issued another red flag warning for the East Bay hills and North Bay mountains. The warning is valid from 5 p.m. Friday through 11 p.m. Saturday.
Rick Canepa, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said that forecasters expect the winds to pick up speed again while the humidity will remain low. Models predict north to northeast winds with speeds of 20 to 30 miles per hour, Canepa said, but gusts could reach 40 to 50 miles per hour. High resolution models have also predicted gusts of up to 60 miles per hour, Canepa said, with northern Sonoma and Napa county as particular areas of concern.
TUBBS FIRE (updated 12:26 p.m. Thursday)
Located off of Hwy 128 and Bennett Ln. in Calistoga
10 percent contained
15 people have been killed
2,834 structures destroyed
16,000 structures threatened
NUNS and NORRBUM FIRES (Part of the Southern LNU Complex, two fires have merged) (updated 9:09 a.m. Thursday)
Located off Hwy 12, north of Glen Ellen, east of Boyes Hot Springs
3 percent contained
PARTRICK FIRE (Part of the Southern LNU Complex) (updated 3:34 p.m. Thursday)
Located off Patrick Rd, west of Napa
2 percent contained
5,000 structures threatened
POCKET FIRE (Central LNU Complex) (updated 3:00 p.m. Thursday)
Located off Pocket Ranch Rd and Ridge Ranch Rd, Geyserville
0 percent contained
16,000 structures threatened