Paul Gullixson - Editorial DirectorEditorial Director at The Press Democrat
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Gullixson: So many fire stories that have yet to be told
These are the kinds of stories that will fill our pages for years to come, stories of selflessness, generosity and just simple acts of kindness.
Gullixson: Message to fire victims: We need you to come back
We know we will get through this. We know Santa Rosa and Sonoma County will rebuild. What we don’t know is what we would be or who we would be without you.
Gullixson: Meanwhile, here’s what went on inside The Press Democrat
At 11:19 p.m. photographer Ken Porter was on the phone to Managing Editor Ted Appel. 'He said, 'Ted, this is going to be bigger than the Valley fire,' said Appel.
Gullixson: A firestorm that was either all or nothing
By day three in the Santa Rosa firestorm, the chaos, the frustration and the shortage of so many things, particularly information, was starting to take its toll.
Gullixson: It all happened so fast …
For us, it happened at 2:30 a.m. Moments later we were pounding on neighbors’ doors ourselves, loading the minivan with photos, computers and keepsakes and arguing over silly things like what shoes and food to bring. We brought bananas, raisin bread and premade salads. It made no sense. And then we were slipping into one of the many streams of red tail lights that ran throughout Sonoma County, ribbons of cars and trucks inching along, many filled with evacuees unsure where they were going.