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Special Coverage: Coffey Park Chronicles

Two factory-built sections of home were set in place by a crane last week. Such rebuilds require less local labor and materials — both of which could be in short supply as Sonoma County begins to rebuild.
The October disaster in many cases claimed both homes and businesses for county residents. Their ranks include landscapers, painters, house cleaners and musicians, many operating from home.
City officials said the 5-acre park’s topsoil likely needs to be scraped before the space can be renovated.
A Florida debris removal company has offered to help Coffey Park residents solve a vexing problem: replacing the burned, cracked and sinking walls on Hopper Avenue.
Businesses surrounding the fire-ravaged Coffey Park neighborhood have experienced a drop in customers — and the emotional toll of working in the shadow of a burn zone.
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.