1:33 a.m. Santa Rosa water alert: Santa Rosa Fire Department officials are advising residents of the Fountaingrove neighborhood to boil their water to ensure it is safe to drink — if they have low or no water pressure.
11:49 p.m. More evacuations in Solano Co.: Residents in the Green Valley area west of Green Valley Road from Mason, north to Valley End Lane, are being told to evacuate now, according to Fairfield police.
11:31 p.m. New wildfire in Santa Rosa: City officials said that a new wildfire has moved from Annadel State Park into the Oakmont community, which is being immediately evacuated.
9:30 p.m. More than 100 missing: Sonoma County has received more than 100 missing-persons reports, said Scott Alonso, a county spokesman.
8:56 p.m. Solano County evacuations: Officials have issued mandatory evacuation orders for Twin Sisters Road and Joyce Lane in Solano County due to the Atlas Fire. These are the first mandatory evacuation orders for Solano County.
8:25 p.m. Tubbs Fire grows slightly: CalFire officials report that the fire has grown some 2,000 acres since Monday afternoon. The fire is now at 27,000 acres. Meanwhile, the Atlas Fire remains at 25,000 acres burned as of Monday night.
Iran made dozens of attempts to illicitly obtain missile and nuclear technology, even after it was bound by the nuclear deal with world powers, according to recent intelligence assessments by German regional states, Fox News reported Tuesday.
The German state of North Rhine-Westphalia found that Iran made “32 procurement attempts… that definitely or with high likelihood were undertaken for the benefit of proliferation programs.”
Iran engages in “spreading atomic, biological or chemical weapons of mass destruction,” the report said, and noted that Iran used front companies in the United Arab Emirates, Turkey and China to get around international restrictions on its nuclear and missile research.
The third report from state of Saxony-Anhalt, said Iran is continuing “unabated” in its missile program and could threaten Europe and beyond.
Spain's D-Day is here: the country's biggest political crisis since an attempted military coup in 1981 is about to get a resolution - one way or another - and as Bloomberg reports, Spanish police are ready to arrest Catalan President Carles Puigdemont "immediately" if he declares independence in the regional parliament, according to two people familiar with the government’s plans.
In what may be a preview of a possible upcoming civil war should today's event be handled incorrectly, Bloomberg writes that while a final decision on whether to act has not yet been taken, Spain’s National Police force has elite officers deployed in Catalonia who are prepared to join a raid if Catalan police try to shield Puigdemont. If Puigdemont makes a statement that falls short of immediate independence, the government in Madrid may stay its hand. Puigdemont has called a press conference for 1 p.m. in Barcelona.
The National Police and the Civil Guard "have sufficient officers in place to overcome any resistance they might meet" Bloomberg's sources note. A government press officer declined to comment other than to say that any such decision would have to be ordered by a judge.
Also today, Puigdemont is due to address the regional legislature at 6 p.m on Tuesday with many of his supporters looking for him to announce a new republic to follow through on the makeshift referendum held on Oct. 1. With his core supporters demanding he make good on the illegal vote for independence and officials in Madrid urging Rajoy to finally crack down on the separatist campaign, Puigdemont’s rebellion may be running out of road.
This evening at 6 p.m., Carles Puigdemont will appear before the regional parliament to discuss "the general political situation" in Catalonia. Most of the country expects that to translate as some kind of declaration of independence from Spain.
The precise wording of that statement, and to what extent it will be interpreted as a genuine declaration of independence by courts, prosecutors, the central government and Catalan separatists themselves, is unknown this Tuesday morning.
The size and reach of the Spanish state's response to any declaration of independence is also unknown: the options range from criminal charges of sedition or rebellion, through the suspension of home rule in Catalonia for an unspecified period of time and even to articles of the Spanish Constitution that allow for the declaration of a state of alarm or exception.