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Authorities lifted evacuations in eastern Sonoma Valley, allowing residents to return to their damaged homes in Bennett Valley, Kenwood and Glen Ellen.
5 hours ago
Volunteer firefighters an unheralded, local force in disaster
Fountaingrove residents return, vow to rebuild
Departing firefighters hailed by grateful residents
Fund for North Bay fire victims tops $10 million in donations
Smith: Piece of Old Ironsides unscathed in Santa Rosa fire
Cloverdale officers shoot and kill suspected prowler
Family’s escape from flames began with their son’s rescue
Amid fires, Sheriff Giordano forges new profile as a county leader
At firestorm vigil, hundreds light up Courthouse Square

County faces long road to recovery

Will Sonoma County and Santa Rosa bounce back from the fires — as the “Sonoma Strong,” T-shirts say — or will they be scarred for decades to come? The answer depends much on who stays and how quickly the region can rebuild. As the last flames are put out, the race is on.

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Columnist Kerry Benefield revisits her childhood neighborhood, destroyed two weeks ago by fire, and tries to assess Santa Rosa’s unmeasurable loss.
An Oakmont resident was cleaning his yard when an engine company from Pasadena stopped at the curb and its crew took over.
A new map from Cal Fire shows the status of individual damaged and destroyed structures in Sonoma County.
A team of volunteers have been collecting reports of lost and found animals, working around the clock to help connect families with their pets.
After narrowly escaping her home with her family, and having it burn to the ground, Brittany Rogers-Hanson faced another crisis: saving her business and that of dozens of small contractors who make their living during peak wedding season.
Amputee Lilly Biagnini appeared on 'Ellen' this week with her mom to talk about their experience during last week's fire.
There are several good options in Santa Rosa including those with a washer/dryer, pool, workout center and more.
During evacuation, most local residents grabbed things they knew they would need. But a hole punch or light sabers? See some of the stranger things people grabbed.
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