Sport Sonoma Raceway not at 'immediate risk' as wildfire rages nearby

21:40  09 october  2017
21:40  09 october  2017 Source:   MSN

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Sonoma Raceway is not at ' immediate risk ' despite a wildfire raging near and around the facility.

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In this photo provided by the Sonoma Raceway, a wildfire burns behind the Sonoma Raceway on Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, in Sonoma, Calif. Wildfires whipped by powerful winds swept through Northern California early Monday, sending residents on a headlong flight to safety through smoke and flames as homes burned.© Steve Page/Sonoma Raceway via AP In this photo provided by the Sonoma Raceway, a wildfire burns behind the Sonoma Raceway on Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, in Sonoma, Calif. Wildfires whipped by powerful winds swept through Northern California early Monday, sending residents on a headlong flight to safety through smoke and flames as homes burned. Wildfires spread to the grounds of Sonoma Raceway overnight.

Track officials said the fire reached the 1,600-acre property around 3:00am Monday morning.

With the increasing number of fires spreading through Sonoma and Napa Counties, California Gov. Jerry Brown issued an emergency proclamation on Monday. Major arteries surrounding Sonoma Raceway including Highways 12, 121 and 37 were closed to public traffic.

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“All of us at Sonoma Raceway extend our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to those who have been touched by the devastating North Bay fires,” the track said in a release. “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.”

The track opened in 1968. The IndyCar Series debuted on the 2.52-mile course in 1970. NASCAR’s Cup Series first race at the circuit in 1989 and transferred to a 1.949-mile version in 1998. The Cup Series has run 29 races at the facility.

Just before 9:00 am EST, the City of Sonoma announced on Monday the opening of its Emergency Operations Center and is currently coordinating with Sonoma County.

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