Mandatory evacuations lifted following 3-alarm fire in Sonoma County

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SONOMA COUNTY (KRON) — Highway 121 along Arnold Drive has reopened following a 3-alarm fire in Schellville.

The reported 10 to 15 acre fire is fully contained after destroying three buildings, according to officials.

Homes and a wedding center were among those damaged.

Authorities said two weddings and a birthday party were in the building where the fire started.

Firefighters said it started in a ditch and quickly spread to the adjacent properties, fueled by gusty winds.

The “Arnold Fire” began around 4 p.m. and soon after, mandatory evacuations were ordered.

About 200 people were evacuated from homes and businesses.

Around 6:15 p.m., all evacuations were lifted.

The evacuations were in order within one mile of the three-way stop at Highway 116 and Highway 121, on Arnold Drive.

The fire is still under investigation.

There is no word on the cause, but officials said it doesn’t appear suspicious.

But fire officials said something as little as lighting a cigarette and tossing it on the road could spark a fire.

No injuries have been reported.

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