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The County of Sonoma and City of Santa Rosa are working with state and federal partners to provide safe, immediate, transitional, and long-term housing to assist residents who were displaced by the recent tragic fires and stabilize the immediate housing crisis faced by residents. It is estimated that nearly 5,000 residential units were destroyed in the fires. At their meeting today, the Board of Supervisors approved leasing 80 existing Recreational Vehicle (RV) spaces at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds to house Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Temporary Housing Units.

 

Debris Removal Process and Frequently Asked Questions

In coordination with state and federal partners, the County of Sonoma will hold a community meeting from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 2. The meeting will be held at the Sonoma Veterans Memorial Hall located at 126 1st St. West, in Sonoma. 

 

Sonoma County residents and workers impacted by recent fires may be eligible for Disaster CalFresh benefits to provide funds for food purchases under temporary regulations from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (also known as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP). 

Disaster CalFresh applications will be taken at the following County of Sonoma Human Services Department Economic Assistance offices from Wednesday, October 25 through Wednesday, November 1, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Additional hours may be added):

 

  

  

The Local Assistance Center is a one-stop-shop with critical government services for residents who have been impacted by the fires. Replace lost or destroyed vital documents (ID, financial information, etc.) and get connected with financial support services such as insurance information and apply for FEMA aid. Disaster assistance is available to all members of our community. You will not be asked to show proof of legal citizenship to receive assistance.  

SANTA ROSA FIRE EMERGENCY INFORMATION  

Updated Thursday October 19, 2017 7:08 pm  

The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office and California Highway Patrol are removing a road closure.  Highway 12 is now open between Dunbar Road and Madrone Road, which means all of Highway 12 is open.  No evacuation orders have been lifted.  Glen Ellen is still closed and under mandatory evacuation.  The north and south side of Highway 12 (commonly called the east and west sides by locals) are still closed and under mandatory evacuation.

Advisory: City Prepares Residents for Return to Neighborhoods; Coffey Park & Fountaingrove

The City of Santa Rosa begins controlled re-entry for Fountaingrove residents to return and visit their property on Saturday, October 21 at 10am. Controlled re-entry into the Coffey Park neighborhood resumes on October 21.  

Based on public feedback, the controlled access re-entry period for both areas is extended at least through Sunday, October 29, 2017. More details will be provided in the coming days.  

Sonoma County Animal Services Update

 

Sonoma County Animal Services (SCAS) has been working around the clock since early Monday, October 9th, to rescue and shelter animals affected by the fires. Sonoma County Animal Services is a program of the Department of Health Services.  

SCAS will host a pet supply fair this Saturday, October 21st, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at our warehouse at 133 Aviation Blvd. in Santa Rosa to provide free animal care supplies to our community.  

Sonoma County Update on Multiple Fires

Update: October 13, 2017; 8:00 P.M.

 

SANTA ROSA, CA – 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 19 confirmed fatalities from the emergency.

UPDATED: Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 9:37 PM
Tubbs-Nuns Fire currently at 27,000 acres, 0% containment   Santa Rosa City Manager, acting as Director of Emergency Services has declared the fires in Santa Rosa as a local emergency.

Santa Rosa Public Information Line: 707-543-4511

For TDD, call 707-543-4536; or you may use the 711 Relay Service

For life-threatening emergencies dial 9-1-1  

SANTA ROSA CITYBUS UPDATE for WEDNESDAY, 10/11:  

CityBus will operate on a Saturday schedule on Wednesday as we continue to assist with emergency operations--Routes 2, 4B, 7, and 19 will not operate. 

Due to fire damage, the following detours will continue to be in effect: 

Route 1: Outbound from Transit Mall, the bus will turn left on Steele Lane to get to Coddingtown Mall, with no service to Bicentennial. The bus will return the same way. 

Controlled Burn Tests Eco-Benefits of Fire

May 30, 2017
Bruce Robinson / KRCB-FM

That plume of smoke rising from the Bouverie Preserve near Glen Ellen late Tuesday morning was a carefully watched experiment in applying a land management technique that goes back thousands of years.

The fire took about three hours to burn across the designated 17 acre area. That was ample time for any affected wildlife to leave the area or take cover underground, says ACR Fire Ecologist Sasha Berleman, while deer, when they return, will find a more hospitable landscape.

Voices from Valley Fire Evacuee Camp

Sep 16, 2015
Danielle Venton

The Valley Fire affecting Lake, Napa and Sonoma Counties continues to burn burning out of control. CalFire reports (as of September 16, 6:40 am) it covers 70,000 acres and is 30 percent contained. It's claimed at least one life and destroyed nearly 600 homes. Many other structures have burned as well, and up to 900 are threatened. 

Valley Fire Evacuee Image Gallery

Sep 14, 2015
Danielle Venton/KRCB

Predicting Fire Before it Hits

Jun 8, 2015
Flickr user bcgovphotos

From the Forest Service, to CalFire, to local volunteer departments, agencies are geared up for fire season. One kind of fire fighter is often overlooked---those who try to stop blazes before they break out. KRCB recently visited a fire meteorologist to learn more.

Fire Services: Many Districts, Tight funding

Oct 17, 2014

  Fire protection across Sonoma County is provided by 5 city fire departments plus 19 other independent fire districts, including 15 volunteer departments.  That provides a lot of cherished local control, but financially it’s a model carried over from the last century that may no longer be viable today.  A the direction of the county Board of Supervisors, a series of 10 public meetings to discuss the future of local fire services are being held at fire stations throughout the county.  Here’s what is expected to come out of all that.

Wildfires Cause Trouble for Sea Otters

Aug 1, 2014
courtesy Lizabeth Bowen/USGS

It's wildfire season, and the effects aren't limited to the land. As major fires rage around the state, researchers this week released a study indicating wildfires damage the health of marine mammals, such as sea otters. 

Fire Danger Persists Despite Rain

Feb 10, 2014

After a welcome wet weekend, we have standing water lingering in many areas, and some green swaths reappearing in the local landscape. That’s good news, but hardly enough to warrant dialing back on water conservation efforts. Nor is it time yet to relax our vigilance over fire danger.