Wildfire Damage Contaminates Water for 13 Santa Rosa Homes

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The ruins of houses destroyed by the Tubbs Fire are seen near Fountaingrove Parkway on October 14, 2017 in Santa Rosa, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

SANTA ROSA (AP) — Officials have warned a small number of people to refrain from drinking or cooking with tap water because the water system was damaged by the recent Northern California wildfires.

The City of Santa Rosa issued the warning Friday to 13 homes in the Fountaingrove neighborhood, which was hit hard by last month’s fires.

The city says contaminants were found in the water in the areas of the 13 homes. The city did not say when the warning may be lifted.

Also Friday, the suspension of burn permits that has been in effect since the fires was finally lifted in most areas.

A statement from state fire officials says people with residential or agricultural burn permits can now resume burning in six counties: Sonoma, Lake, Napa, Solano, Yolo and Colusa.

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