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A team of volunteers have been collecting reports of lost and found animals, working around the clock to help connect families with their pets.
How do we get back to work after the devastating fires that hit our community? Our career blogger shares tips on how to move forward after everything has changed.
The Sonoma County Fairgrounds has been converted to house evacuees, an animal shelter, the command center for Cal-Fire, a media center, temporary home to hundreds of fire fighters and their fire fighting equipment and so much more.
Hundreds of Sonoma County residents came out with signs, banners, balloons and flags to show their appreciation to firefighters and first responders on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017.
The famous 'Glass House' is no more after being destroyed in the fire that roared through Napa and Solano counties last week.
Overnight rains didn’t put out Napa and Sonoma county fires, yet all blazes continue to near full containment.
A growing number of Sonoma County residents are being permitted to return home as containment of the Wine Country fires improves.
An Oakmont resident was cleaning his yard when an engine company from Pasadena stopped at the curb and its crew took over.
An estimated 435 people still live in shelters this week, down from about 2,300 at the fires’ peak.
The wildfires that have devastated California this month caused at least $1 billion in damage to insured property and destroyed nearly 7,000 structures, officials said Thursday.
The Northern California fires affected all sectors of the burgeoning industry including cultivators, manufacturers and distributors.
For $1 an hour pay, California prisoners cut fire lines in Sonoma County
The fast-moving blaze caught most of its victims in their homes. Three people appear to have died as they were fleeing the blaze, investigators said.
As fires raged on three sides of Petaluma, the city remained untouched by the flames that destroyed whole communities, leaving many to wonder why this area was spared.
It was hugs all around when a team of inmate-firefighters returned to a Santa Rosa neighborhood to meet some of the people whose homes they saved.
Three ravaged neighborhoods to reopen Friday and rain has firefighters optimistic for a fast-approaching end to the fires.
About 42,000 people have been allowed to return home, most in the Santa Rosa area. Thursday meetings will discuss re-entry plans for residents of neighborhoods that burned.
'This was an effort by every officer, every fireman and every citizen to do their part. It was an effort by everyone,' said Santa Rosa Police Officer Chris Diaz, who lost his home in the Tubbs fire.
Hundreds came together Wednesday night to thank first responders and celebrate their return to campus.
People who need an emergency replacement passport can get help without an appointment Thursday in Santa Rosa or Friday in Napa.
There were about 1,200 PG&E repair workers in the field Wednesday throughout Sonoma County. Crews are putting in 16-hour days to restore power following widespread fire-related outages.
Anova, a Santa Rosa school for kids and young adults with high-functioning autism, was destroyed last week in the Tubbs fire.
'To look over and not see smoke, it feels safe finally,' said Skyhawk resident Matt Krebs, one of the thousands of evacuated Santa Rosa residents allowed to return home Wednesday.
The city will ask that the state manage the cleanup of hazardous waste and debris from the homes and businesses destroyed by fire.
With the oncoming rainy season, concern about toxic runoff entering the watershed has officials on edge.
When fire threatened her property, Glen Ellen resident Liz Bohan rounded up and evacuated her 24 sheep, then set up a Facebook group for people evacuating large animals and livestock. Within minutes, rescue resources started flooding in.
President Donald Trump, who has made four visits to hurricane zones in recent weeks, isn't rushing to survey the damage from California's wildfires.
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.
A video shot by Berkeley firefighters dispatched to the Santa Rosa fire shows just how shocking the scene was early Monday morning.
Firefighters from across the nation and globe and officers from across the state helped reinforce California National Guard troops and others called in to help in Sonoma County’s largest natural disaster.
The fires are still burning. But containment lines nearing completion, and the urgency of the fire fight already is giving way to the long and uncertain process of rebuilding.
The progress comes nine days into the firefight across Napa and Sonoma counties, where separate infernos have charred almost 103,000 acres.
The couple alleges Pacific Gas & Electric is responsible for the wildfire that destroyed their Coffey Park home and thousands of others in Sonoma County.
The California Department of Social Services is investigating the evacuations of Oakmont Senior Living’s Varenna and Villa Capri complex.
Told through interpreters, here are four stories of deaf survivors.
Once upon a time, this newspaper gave out physical medals for heroism. We’d need to buy a factory to keep up with all our heroes from the past week.
As of Tuesday afternoon, authorities said there are 53 remaining reports of missing people in Sonoma County, where 22 people died in the Tubbs fire.
No cleanup work will start until sites have been declared safe and secure, officials say.
Karl and Julie Wilber fled the Tubbs fire Oct. 9 as flames advanced on their Santa Rosa home. Five days later, Karl and his sons, Ryan and Andrew, returned to inspect the rubble.
Napa County officials have identified the victim of a fire-related water tender crash Monday as a volunteer firefighter from Missouri.
To encourage generosity toward Sonoma County's fire victims, Oliver's Market has pledged to match customer contributions of up to $25,000.
Boy Scout troops from around Sonoma County are working with Friedman's to build and distribute sifters that will be given away for free at the store's Santa Rosa location.
Tens of thousands of acres of wildlands and interface areas were blackened this past week and some are still burning, but there was also some good news on park lands that so far, have escaped unscathed.
Dan Berger looks at the ramifications of the October fires on the wines of the North Bay region.
Surprising as it was to residents, the destruction of Coffey Park wasn’t a mystery to fire scientists.
Wine Country evacuation orders are being lifted gradually, allowing residents to return where houses still stand. Others have slipped into burned neighborhoods to assess their loss.
Real estate brokers and lenders contend the fiery destruction of a few thousand properties here will make it harder for both buyers and renters to find new homes.
“I’m sorry for the loss of the gentleman driving the water tender. He was helping fight the fires,” CHP Capt. Mike Palacio.
Fires have displaced tens of thousands of people across Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino counties, making many vulnerable to short-term price hikes in goods and services.
Officials expect air quality to improve, but offer safety tips for returning evacuees.
County officials work to ease restrictions so vintners can get back into their wineries and onto their vineyard properties to finish harvest.
More than 1,000 people have stopped by the FEMA hub since it opened over the weekend to help victims of the devastating fires.
Maps of the area fires hanging on the press briefing board at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds are shaded more black than red, an indication of growing containment lines and further firefighter success.
Photos from the Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino county wildfires on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017.
In the path of the wildfire, a Santa Rosa family evacuated their Coffey Park home with everything they could grab in a few minutes, including their pony, Stardust.
With flames in the background, security cameras captured the moment Sutter Hospital evacuated its patients and workers on Oct. 9.
'She was very happy to see us,' Jack Weaver said of Izzy, a 9-year-old Bernese Mountain Dog.
As people are slowly allowed back into their homes in Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino counties, there are several safety issues for residents to remember.
North Coast residents seek normalcy as a way of enduring crisis.
Cal Fire saved 40,000 turkeys from incineration Monday to enable the Benedettis to conduct business as usual.