Sonoma Raceway not in immediate danger from grassland fires

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Sonoma Raceway announced it is not “at immediate risk” from grassland fires that are being battled near the road course in California.

Sonoma issued a statement from track president and general manager Steve Page on the status of the North Bay fires as of 12:30 p.m. ET.

“All of us at Sonoma Raceway extend our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to those who have been touched by the devastating North Bay fires. Our facilities team and a number of local fire companies have been battling grassland fires on Cougar Mountain and elsewhere around our property, and at this point it does not appear any of the raceway’s structures or other facilities are at immediate risk. We appreciate all of the good wishes that have flooded in from friends around the state and country.”

Source: Sonoma Raceway

The road course hosts the annual NASCAR Cup Series and K&N Pro Series West races in June as well as the season finale for the Verizon IndyCar Series.

According to the Napa Valley Register, the first major fire began in Atlas Peak area around 1 a.m. ET. A fire in Calistoga burned into Sonoma County and has burned 35,000 acres.

The paper reports hundreds of residents have been forced to evacuate and schools from Calistoga to Napa are closed Monday due to the “unprecedented nature of so many fires ringing the Napa Valley.”

Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency for Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties.

Napa County Fire Chief Barry Biermann that the counties of Napa, Lake and Sonoma have seven large fires combined.