SONOMA (CBS SF) — A brush fire burning near downtown Sonoma early Wednesday evening forced some limited evacuations, but authorities say forward spread has been stopped.
Sonoma County issued an alert shortly after 4:30 p.m. regarding a vegetation fire near 1st Street West and Norrbom Road in Sonoma by the Ernest Holeman Memorial Dog Park.READ MORE: Tamarack Fire Update: Crews Brace for More Extreme Fire Behavior Near Hwy 395
Sonoma Police began a precautionary local evacuation of the surrounding park area after the fire was reported.
The Sonoma County Sheriff tweeted that about a dozen homes had been evacuated.
5:21PM. Fire crews on scene, including air support. Several road closures in place. Approx. a dozen homes evacuated. pic.twitter.com/GCENTfbnq7
— Sonoma Sheriff (@sonomasheriff) June 24, 2021READ MORE: Hail of Bullets Reported Near Oakland Preschool; Woman Grazed In Gunfire
Fire crews were reporting that the fire — being referred to as the Dream Fire — was at about 3-5 acres with a moderate rate of spread.
Cal Fire air support has been called in, with air tankers making fire-retardant drops and helicopters delivering water to the area.
As of around 5:40 p.m., authorities were saying that the forward spread of the fire had been halted.MORE NEWS: Critics Bid To Overturn Approval Of Tahoe Resort Expansion
Shortly before 6:30 p.m., the Sonoma County Sheriff tweeted that the evacuations would remain in place for at least a few hours while firefighters continued to work, but no additional evacuations would be necessary.