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Special Coverage: Coffey Park Chronicles

Four months after fires devastated their neighborhood, a single new house has taken shape in Coffey Park. The time of rebuilding remains months away for many.
Elected and neighborhood leaders applauded the news, saying it opens the door for rebuilding homes.
Neighbors were startled to learn they, not the city, owned the walls burned in the October wildfire and are now responsible for costly replacements.
Henry Coffey and Morrice Schaefer saw opportunity in the land when it lay far outside Santa Rosa.
Students were welcomed back to campus, damaged in the October wildfires, with hot cocoa, donuts and stuffed bears Tuesday.
The project is the first in Santa Rosa to replace a home destroyed by the October wildfires.
Today, the final section of streetlights turns on in the neighborhood. 'It gives you a ray of hope,' said resident Lani Jolliff.
Christmas carolers and an impromptu nighttime carnival transformed an area where 1,300 homes burned.
Coffey Park fire survivors need builders. A number have now stepped forward to offer their services.
At night before silhouettes of burned evergreens, on ground newly cleared of ashes, May Salido and her three children set out a Christmas tree.
A Santa Rosa wrecking company is hauling away the destroyed vehicles for free.
For some neighbors, the organizing effort informally known as Rebuild Coffey Park has become crucial because the costs of replacing their houses may far exceed the fire insurance proceeds they expect to receive.
With more than 5,000 homes destroyed, an already squeezed rental market has been further constricted, leaving lower income residents most vulnerable to displacement.
Coffey Park residents are facing their first major test: how to clean up the largest concentration of burned properties in Sonoma County. The outcome could significantly influence the rebuilding of their neighborhood.
Residents with homes still standing near the destruction speak with awe at their neighbors’ losses.
Halloween used to be a big celebration in Coffey Park; now, it’s a reminder of what really matters.
These residents, who number in the thousands, are dealing with a past where much has been lost, a present with untold demands and a tenuous future, wrote one fire veteran.
Santa Rosa residents returned to find hundreds of homes burned to the ground in the subdivision west of Highway 101.