A man died at the scene of a fire that scorched 63 acres before it was fully contained in west Sonoma County on Monday afternoon.
His exact cause of death is under investigation and his identification is being withheld pending notification of next of kin, according to the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office.
He was inside a skid steer construction vehicle on private property accessible by a curvy dirt road, which firefighters slowly navigated.
Cal Fire investigators said the cause of the blaze is under investigation and it’s too early to say whether the man died at its point of origin.
The Roblar Fire was reported in the area of Roblar Road and Canfield Road, southwest of Rohnert Park at about 2:30 p.m.
Driven by high winds, it spread east, said Cal Fire Public Information Officer Tom Knecht. “Wind always plays a role (in fires),” he said.
According to the National Weather Service, sustained winds reached 15 to 20 mph and gusts reached 25 mph in parts of western Sonoma County within the vicinity of the fire.