Sonoma County Update on Multiple Fires

Oct 11, 2017

Sonoma County Update on Multiple Fires 

Santa Rosa, CA  –  October 11, 2017 at 2:45 PM  –

Emergency response agencies throughout Sonoma County continue to fight numerous fires in the County. The County’s Emergency Operations Center remains active and is staffed around the clock. CAL FIRE continues to release fire activity and containment information at approximately 7:00am and 7:00pm daily at fire.ca.gov.. There are 11 confirmed fatalities from the emergency.

Missing People:

Residents can register that they are safe, and loved ones can look for someone who has registered themselves as safe on the American Red Cross site https://safeandwell.org/. Call (707) 565-3856 to report a missing person. If you report a person missing and then locate them, please call the hotline again to report the person found.

Current Evacuations: Mandatory Evacuation Information is available online at www.sonomacounty.ca.gov. Emergency Responders are actively performing safety assessments of burned areas to determine when evacuation orders will be lifted. The Sheriff has ordered all residents to remain out of mandatory emergency evacuation areas. These areas are unsafe and it is illegal to enter mandatory evacuation areas.

Law enforcement will maintain a heavy presence in evacuated areas to assist people and protect property. All looters will be arrested.

The evacuation order for Forestville Area to include, Guerneville Road, Highway 116 North, Mirabel Road, Laguna Road and Olivet Road was lifted on Tuesday evening, October 10. All other mandatory evacuations remain in place.

Evacuation Centers:

Evacuation Centers are open throughout Sonoma County. An updated list can be found athttp://sonomacounty.ca.gov/. Sonoma County has four evacuation centers with enhanced services, including Mental Health services. These include Sonoma Marin Fairgrounds, Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Elsie Allen High School, and the Santa Rosa Veterans Building. These centers are being prioritized for resources and all have cots, blankets, sheets, towels, and other resources for evacuees. We are encouraging evacuees in need of sheltering to go to these evacuation centers first.

Evacuation Centers are not checking immigration status – they are open to welcome and keep all members of our community safe.

Returning To Evacuated Areas:

Sonoma County is coordinating with CAL FIRE to determine when it is safe to return to evacuate areas. While evacuation orders remain in effect, areas are unsafe. Do not enter a road that is closed or attempt to return to your home before evacuation orders are lifted. Entering these areas are dangerous and may result in injury and require emergency resources to be pulled away from responding to this emergency.

Fire Updates:

CAL FIRE will be releasing information at 7 am and 7:00pm each day at http://www.fire.ca.gov/. A map of areas that have burned and current fire perimeters is available at: https://goo.gl/kYyx7h.

Power Outage Information:

PG&E is actively working to both restore power and gas where safe to do so and to de-activate power from some areas to assist with firefighting efforts. PG&E is restoring gas in Windsor today and in Santa Rosa tomorrow. Access to meters is critical in the gas restoration efforts. If your gas meter is behind a locked gate and you cannot be home to let a gas professional in, please call PG&E to let them know at 1-800-743-5000. To see areas with no power or to sign up for PG&E’s outage alerts visit https://m.pge.com/#outages

Natural Gas:

If you smell or hear gas escaping inside your home or business, get everyone outside to a safe location away from the building and upwind where you can no longer smell natural gas. Once outside, use your phone to call 911 and PG&E at 1-800-743-5000. Do not use electrical switches, appliances or telephones, because sparks can ignite gas.

ANIMALS:

A number of local animal shelters are accepting small pets and large animals can be taken to Santa Rosa Fairgrounds, Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds, and the Cloverdale Citrus Fair. If you need sheltering for your large animals or have a shelter location please call Sonoma County Animal Services at (707)565-7100. If you are in need of supplies or have donations to give please call animal services. Animal Services is adding a group on Facebook so that community members can report lost and found animals.

Medications:

Many healthcare agencies, including pharmacies, are operational in our county. In addition, during this emergency, pharmacies are authorized to refill prescriptions without renewed contact with your physician. In addition, for new health needs, we encourage people to contact their primary care provider. Available pharmacies can be found here:http://sonomacounty.ca.gov/Public-Safety/News/Medication-Needs-During-This-Emergency/

Air Quality:

Stay inside as much as possible to avoid breathing smoke particles. Masks do not protect against smoke particles.

Damage Assssments:

Sonoma County has requested damage assessment teams to fully account for the number and types of damaged and destroyed structures. We anticipate this will take several days. In the coming days we will be providing additional information for residents who have lost their homes or businesses.

Transportation And Roads:

Please continue to stay off the roads unless necessary, to allow access for public safety. If you need to drive, please proceed with caution. If you experience signal light outages, please proceed as a four-way stop.

Sonoma County Transit have restored service and will operate their Saturday schedule starting Wednesday, depending on road conditions. Visit http://sctransit.com/ for updates. Sonoma County Department of Transportation and Public Works Road Conditions website at http://roadconditions.sonoma-county.org/. Santa Rosa CityBus is also operating on Saturday schedule with no service in affected areas, information can found athttps://www.srcity.org/1661/Maps-and-Schedules. California Highway Patrol has additional information on roads athttps://www.chp.ca.gov/traffic

Water Supply:

The Sonoma County Water Agency continues to deliver drinking water to communities throughout the county. With the exception of boil water notices below, it is safe to drink and use tap water. Currently, systems are fully operational, and water production continues to meet firefighting demands. If you are experiencing low or no water pressure, please contact your local water utility.

Boil Water Notices:

State Water Resources Control Board and local agencies have issued Boil Water and Do No Drink Water notices.

  • The following Boil Water notices were issued related to the fires:
    • City of Santa Rosa, Fountain Grove neighborhood
    • Lawndale Mutual Water Company, Kenwood, 66 connections
  • The following Do Not Drink Water notices were issued related to the fires:
    • California American Water, Larkfield 2,359 connections
    • Kenwood Village Water Company, Kenwood, 307 connections

Prescription Information:

In an effort to ensure residents can meet their medical needs, open pharmacies have the option to assist with filling prescriptions. Residents who: evacuated without bringing their medication; typically visit a pharmacy that is closed; or do not have a refill and cannot contact their doctor, can refill vital prescriptions at participating pharmacies.

Visit http://sonomacounty.ca.gov/Public-Safety/Latest-News/ for an updated list of open pharmacies.

Donations:

The Sonoma County community has demonstrated great generosity with requests to donate goods. Due to the many unknowns we would encourage waiting for an assessment of need to be completed, or making a financial donation. The local Red Cross region is accepting financial donations, and the Redwood Credit Union is setting up a local donation system.

School Closures:

Many schools are closed this week. School closure information can be found at Sonoma County Office of Education website: http://www.scoe.org/

Unemployment Services:

Sonoma County Job Link can answer questions about unemployment insurance for those whose jobs have been affected by the fire. Information can be reached at http://sonomawib.org.

Mental Health Services:

Mental health services are available at the larger evacuation centers including Sonoma Marin Fairgrounds, Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Elsie Allen High School, and the Santa Rosa Veterans Building.

Where To Get Information:

If you do not have access to the internet or a phone, we recommend you tune into local radio stations. Some local radio stations are: KZST100.1, KCBS 740AM, KSRO 1350AM, KBBF89.1 (Spanish radio station).