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Hundreds of bicycles, plus helmets and water bottles, were available to people with addresses inside the burn zone.
Unlike other debris heading to area landfills, concrete from driveways and foundations is being crushed and reused.
Coffey Park fire survivors need builders. A number have now stepped forward to offer their services.
Officials want everyone affected by the October wildfires in Northern California to register for assistance, regardless of how much insurance they have. Today is the deadline.
At least two dozen empty lots are now listed for sale in Coffey Park, Fountaingrove and Larkfield-Wikiup. A growing number of property owners are deciding not to rebuild.
Sonoma County park managers say visitors can once again enjoy the trails and views at the 850-acre park near Windsor.
As fires destroyed homes, Sonoma County prosecutors allege some landlords illegally increased prices by more than 30 percent.
A bill to be introduced next month by Sen. Mike McGuire and others would require cellphone alerts.
One contractor has rented out the Alexander Valley RV Park & Campground for the last six weeks to house 40 motor homes.
Some of comedy's biggest names are coming to Santa Rosa to raise money for North Bay fire relief.
The October fires have resulted in about $9 billion in insurance claims, according to new data released by the state, triple the figure from about a month ago.
The fires sweeping Southern California, like those here in October, are largely suburban wildfires, something climate experts say are likely to be more common.
A group of more than a dozen agencies, including several from Sonoma County, will investigate and prosecute fraudulent activity, the FBI announced Tuesday.
Sonoma County released recordings of 911 calls that poured into emergency dispatchers on Oct. 8, revealing new details about the chaos that unfolded as the flames spread.
Owners are slowly making repairs to damaged store fronts and destroyed restaurants, painfully visible along Highway 101 in northwest Santa Rosa.
The failure of cellphone and other privately owned systems crippled emergency-warning efforts, and the state lacks authority to order companies to strengthen their systems against disasters, the state’s top emergency manager said.
In the aftermath of the October fires families thought their pets were gone but volunteers have been reuniting them.
More than 150 workers and their families have started to receive more than $430,000 in financial support this week.
Some local lawyers who voluntarily assist fire victims, donate to disaster relief and practice civility.
From the first few hours of the devastating Tubbs fire, PD photojournalist Kent Porter was there, documenting the disaster. Here’s an up-close photo story of the Tubbs fire, from Kent’s point of view.
The event featured the works of some of the best chefs in San Francisco and Sonoma County.
Community group Glen Ellen Forum brought residents together to heal and beginning building ties.
The Nuns fire that tore through the upper Sonoma Valley has transfigured the multimillion dollar views that inspired writers like Jack London and Michael Ondaatje.
Local industry is grappling with how to fill jobs needed for rebuilding after the fires. One estimate places the need at 6,300 workers each year for the next three years.
After her own harrowing experience in October’s firestorm, a Santa Rosa woman is lobbying government officials to require backup batteries on garage doors, which impeded the escape of several fire victims.
The October fires destroyed more than 5,100 homes in Sonoma County, upending the lives of the families who lived in them and the workers whose jobs revolved around them.
Thousands who lost homes, jobs or wages during October’s wildfires will soon get additional money from the North Bay Fire Relief fund, officials said.
Safari West celebrated with a grand reopening Saturday amid outpouring of support for the 400-acre wildlife preserve burned in the Tubbs fire.
Legal papers filed Friday oppose moving PG&E suits to San Francisco.
The number of destroyed and damaged properties whose owners haven’t applied for either government or private cleanup has dropped to 21 in Santa Rosa.
At night before silhouettes of burned evergreens, on ground newly cleared of ashes, May Salido and her three children set out a Christmas tree.
The event is part of Help-Portrait day, an international day where photographers give back to their communities.
Anamaria Morales, the 19-year-old best known for the cheesecake business she started as a high schooler, is selling hats to raise money for SRJC students and employees who lost homes in the fires.
The city is considering allowing much denser housing construction in certain areas if affordable units are included.
The California Public Utilities Commission rejected San Diego Gas & Electric’s request to hike rates to cover $379 million in uninsured legal damages from three 2007 fires.
The agency will provide up to 70 units for people displaced by wildfires.
A Rincon Valley man wants to reassure children who lost their homes in the fires that, yes, there is a Santa Claus, and he knows where they live. Here's how you can help.
The North Bay Construction Corps program has accelerated and expanded its student training program to get more of them working in the industry as the region retools for a major rebuilding effort after the fires.
'We’re moving at a pretty good clip,' says a spokesman for the Army Corps of Engineers, the federal agency overseeing the project. The goal is to complete the job by early next year.
Individuals with project ideas, whether brand new and seeking seed capital or already underway and in need of continuation funding, are eligible for a $10,000 grand prize.
Michel Azarian died this week from burns he sustained last month fleeing his Mark West Springs home in the Tubbs fire.
The nonprofit is expanding its potential pool of aid recipients and making new partners to expand its homebuilding efforts after the fires.
'I can understand it a lot more — how it feels if somebody’s sad that they lost their home. Now I understand how they feel even more,' says Ian Rich, who founded the organization in 2014 to provide blankets for local homeless.
The sold-out Green Music Center event supported efforts by the North Bay Fire Relief fund and Noma Gives.
The 'Give It Away' singers are set to perform next month in San Francisco.
FEMA has received more than 15,800 valid Sonoma County registrations related to the October wildfires, and nearly 3,200 of those have been approved so far.
For years, Moon Mountain Christmas Tree Farm has been a Sonoma family tradition. This year, families will have to find a new tradition.
In all, 72 families who lost their homes in the fires will have their portraits taken at the Luther Burbank Home and Gardens.
From tireless volunteers to a renewed sense of community, take a look at some moments of humanity that make us proud to call Sonoma County our home.
The dump west of Cotati is the main disposal site for what local and state officials are calling the biggest debris removal from a wildfire in California history.
Mental health experts said they are bracing for a wave of issues stemming from the disaster as the region sees more cases of chronic anxiety and depression.
Firestorms that burned 142 square miles in Sonoma County left some homes standing in otherwise leveled neighborhoods. They remain islands in a sea of charred rubble.
Dozens of startled homeowners, hearing Sugarloaf Ridge State Park manager John Roney’s alerts, grabbed what they could and ran for their lives.
Rather than spending the holiday with their families, crews decided to keep working to cleanup Coffey Park.
The Sonoma County Office of Education and the Volunteer Center teamed up to provide laptops to K-12 teachers, school employees and students who lost their homes in last month’s wildfires.
With its 600 students scattered at four satellite campuses, Cardinal Newman High School is charting a course toward recovery as classes and sporting events continue.
More than 2,100 applications were processed for the disaster relief funds.
‘I didn’t save anything, but what I did save was my family and those babies,’ said Dr. Scott Witt, director of the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at Sutter Santa Rosa hospital.
Before people can rebuild their homes, many will need to rebuild the bridges to reach them. It’s an extra burden for dozens of rural homeowners.
The City Council signed a $9 million deal with a multinational firm to handing permits for rebuilding 3,000 homes.
Since the public deadline passed Nov. 13, the Board of Supervisors has established a process for dealing with property owners who chose neither option.
Without a plan for the wildfires that struck last month, county record keepers are intent on having one for when the next disaster strikes.
A Santa Rosa wrecking company is hauling away the destroyed vehicles for free.
Millions of dollars in property tax revenue were lost in the October fires, and Sonoma and other counties need help to keep services up.
The suit claims the seniors were abandoned by staff and escaped only because of the help of other residents’ families.
As of Nov. 8, residents have filed 4,700 claims for disaster unemployment benefits.
California's insurance commissioner says homeowners who lost their homes in last month's wildfires in Northern California have up to 24 months to collect insurance payments.
The images were captured on a wildlife camera by Sonoma County Regional Parks and shared on Facebook.
‘I looked out and everybody was in their cars already evacuating, honking their horns. Bushes appeared to be just randomly bursting into flames,” said caregiver Ed Corn, who raced into Heidi Kulick’s room, grabbed her wheelchair and said, ‘We’ve got to get you out of here.’
‘We were just going to ask about what supplies they needed, but they actually needed more help,’ Paige Williams, 15, remembers. ‘So we ended up stepping in and staying late. It turned into multiple days and weeks on end of almost living there.’
‘I just wanted to run up, see the house, and jam back out,’ Dr. Sean Wilson said. “But leaves were burning on my neighbor Val’s property, and fire was coming down the hill. I had to do something.’
'What got my attention,' Glen Hurley recalled, 'was the sound. It was different. Something wasn’t right.'
'When I got there, I saw there were no supplies except a broken glucometer, a box of gloves from my truck, some over-the-counter medications and half a bottle of Pepto-Bismol,' registered nurse Michelle Patino recalled. 'I immediately knew that we needed to get organized.'
As the flames flared through Agua Caliente, Glen Ellen Cal Fire Capt. Sean Jerry studied the situation and said, “OK, this is what we’re going to do.”
Through photos and our list of heroes, take a moment to give thanks for the hundreds of firefighting crews, law enforcement and paramedic providers that stepped into the line of fire in a heroic effort to save lives.
In this special Gratitude section, we recognize the brave and dedicated first responders who stood strong against a firestorm, and put our county’s worst nightmare to an end.
'We’ve all arrived,' Lori Barron writes. 'The man who fled in the night with four guinea pigs and his wallet. The youth with a set jaw and rolled-up sleeves, pushing a pit bull in a stroller. The girls from the rehab facility, knitting scarves before lights out....'
Neighbors of Shirley White shudder to imagine what might have happened had she not quickly attacked the midnight fire.
'We’re doing this because we believe that artists are the second responders,' said Creative Sonoma head Kirsten Madsen said. More than 50 artists have applied for grants to help them recover from last month’s devastating fires.
Members of the close-knit communities gathered at Roseland Elementary School to offer encouragement and financial support to 10 families who lost homes in the October wildfires.
Sonoma County’s largest school district plans to hold a series of community meetings to gather residents’ input on the shape of a new system to elect members of the school board.
The Santa Rosa man who shot the 8 mm film five decades ago never thought he’d live through an even more frightening fire.
As the holiday shopping season begins, business and civic leaders are trying to understand how Sonoma County’s retail landscape has changed after the most devastating wildfires in U.S. history.
The county's top emergency services executive was convinced long before the fires that push messages to wireless users would be ineffective in a disaster. So they weren't considered for warnings last month.
Jeff Kinney had a rapt audience in Petaluma as he talked to nearly 70 young students from Mark West Union School District.
Federal officials called the fire response job in Sonoma, Napa counties its largest of its kind in U.S. history.
October’s deadly wildfires sent shock waves through Sonoma County’s housing market. Prices rose to unprecedented highs, although sales dropped as fire-ravaged homes disappeared from the market.
Mario Chitwood left his $5,700 braille tablet behind in the rush to flee the flames consuming his neighborhood. The company that makes the device is stepping in to help.
Some have lost loved ones and most face very painful injuries that require specialized treatments and surgeries, occupational and physical therapy, and emotional and social adjustments that will be wrenching.
Sonoma County wineries, chefs and music stars will join together for an evening of wine, food, auction items and legendary musical artists.
If you’re feeling uncharacteristically overwhelmed or distracted at work after the Sonoma County fires, you’re not alone. Our career blogger shares ways workers may be affected, and how to take care of yourself.
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.
Economist Christopher Thornberg spoke to a gathering of business leaders Friday morning in Santa Rosa.
The COTS Mary Isaak Center homeless shelter is housing 10 new arrivals from Santa Rosa’s Finely Center, the last of the county’s emergency shelters to close.
The 101-year-old Santa Rosa resident is the latest of 23 Sonoma County victims to be named by coroner’s officials.
While homeowners worry about trees falling in winter storms, ecologists say many will survive and say let them stand until spring.
Efforts to stabilize the fire-scarred landscape against rain kicked into high gear Wednesday as a storm arrived in the region, raising the risk of mudslides, flash flooding and fallen trees.
The special passes, authorized Wednesday, are intended to help people whose lives were upended by the historic wildfires and businesses facing tough times in the wake of the disaster.
'These kids put in a lot of time. They weren’t asked to. They just did it because they felt it was the right thing to do,' said Assistant Principal Giovanni Napoli.
A judge ruled there is sufficient evidence for the charges against a Monterey County couple.
Researchers will test 175 firefighters who battled the catastrophic North Bay fires for evidence of exposure to toxins and potential health risks.
The City Council killed a stalled City Hall building project Tuesday to divert $2.3 million for recovery efforts. 'We are on track to significantly overspend our budget,' the chief financial officer said.
'I would rather lose my house than my cats and I imagine a lot of these people feel the same way,' said Jennifer Petruska, one of the volunteers helping to trap cats found wandering in fire-ravaged Coffey Park.
Supervisors encouraged staff members to increase public messaging about mental health resources and asked to hear a more detailed presentation next month.
'We want to wrap a nice, warm quilt around everyone who’s lost everything,' says Sonoma Valley quilter Mary Chelton who is spearheading an effort to provide handmade quilts for fire victims.
Lawsuits were filed on behalf of three couples who lost their homes in the fires, including former San Francisco Mayor Frank Jordan, and a couple hospitalized after surviving the fire in their pool while the fire raged around them.
'We are so happy to have him back,' said owner Jennifer Leigh Thompson. 'He’s just as sweet as he always was and he doesn’t leave my side at night. It’s truly a miracle!'
The deadline to authorize the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to clean up fire-ravaged sites expired Monday.
Water officials are gearing up for a long-term campaign to protect water resources and restore scorched watersheds in the wake of last month’s fires.
Friends from high school presented old photographs to a couple who lost their home to the flames.
With fire encroaching, residents took it upon themselves to provide neighbors with on-the-ground updates.
'We can’t expect public resources to save us from fires if we don’t make ourselves as fire safe as possible,' says Lagier Meredith vineyard co-vintner and Fire Safe Council volunteer Carole Meredith.
The video compilation by PD photographer Kent Porter shows what it was like the first few hours of the devastating blaze.
A man who lost his home in last month’s firestorms returned to the ruins of his rural Santa Rosa neighborhood and apparently took his own life.
Researchers are studying whether firefighters suffered any toxic exposure in last month's deadly Northern California wildfires.
The losses were far worse than any scenario firefighters had trained for, but could have been even greater if not for the quick efforts of the local fire department.
'It’s just what people need,' said resident Anna Pope, one of the organizers behind the daffodil project.
When fires erupted across Sonoma County last month, insurance companies deployed private crews to defend the homes of their clients.
The city has identified 28 sites in Fountaingrove that could be at risk during the coming rains, endangering hundreds of residents.
Local accountants suggest reaching out to them for advice, as the tax code is complex and the process for filing deductions related to natural disasters can be challenging.
Federal authorities knew technology used to broadcast official emergency warnings from cell towers was outdated years before deadly fires erupted last month.
With more than 5,000 homes destroyed, an already squeezed rental market has been further constricted, leaving lower income residents most vulnerable to displacement.
Thousands of people now face the same high-stakes decision with today's deadline to sign up for the Army Corps cleanup program.
Organizers say 115 families applied Saturday for the UndocuFund for Fire Relief, part of an initiative to help immigrant families impacted by the fires.
Questions about why many people were not warned about the fast-moving fires last month went unanswered by Sonoma County emergency services managers for the second consecutive week.
Firefighters from Santa Rosa, Rio Nido and Los Angeles helped a family recover cherished military belongings in the wake of the destructive Tubbs fire.
Most immediately, FEMA has reserved up to 80 spots at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds RV park, and it has at least 89 mobile homes ready to deploy in Northern California.
Signs have gone up across Sonoma County urging outsiders to stay away from burn zones. But others say witnessing the fires’ toll helps public understanding and could fuel a quicker, stronger recovery.
40,000 people jammed AT&T Park Thursday night to hear Metallica, Dave Matthews and other big names during an all-star benefit for North Bay wildfire relief.
In legal filings, PG&E lawyers noted that private power equipment was seized by Cal Fire investigators in the area where the deadly Tubbs fire is believed to have started.
Catholic Charities of Santa Rosa is launching a new effort to help provide housing for those left homeless by Sonoma County wildfires.
There are things homeowners can do to protect their properties by planting and maintaining a landscape with less-flammable plants and trees and maintained in such a way that will reduce the chance of fire spreading.
Catholic Charities took on the project of helping evacuees find temporary housing.
A month after the Redwood Valley fire took nine lives and destroyed 313 homes in Mendocino County, Sheriff Tom Allman identified several actions Thursday to improve the county’s ability to warn residents of future fires.
Celebrity chef, and Bay Area resident, Tyler Florence joins Outstanding in the Field for an al fresco Thanksgiving fundraiser for fire relief efforts.
‘We made a classroom where there was no classroom,’ said Heidi Facciano, a Hidden Valley Satellite teacher who set up one of the spaces.
California state park officials have reopened about 40 percent of the popular Sonoma County park.
The EPA is urging residents to beware of impostors asking for personal financial information, such as Social Security and bank account numbers.
The future remains uncertain for Journey’s End, where about 130 mobile homes were destroyed.
At a rare joint meeting Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors and the Santa Rosa City Council agreed to move forward with a pair of policy proposals to address housing development and homelessness.
Determining the health risks for people who live near burned home sites is tricky, in part because good data is hard to come by.
There’s a mix of optimism and worry in Sonoma County — and many unanswered questions — as the region recovers from the worst wildfires in state history.
A FEMA website said Tuesday that 3,732 applications for individual assistance, including the housing program, had been approved at a cost of nearly $8.7 million.
The animals paid a visit to John B. Riebli Elementary School on Tuesday, where more than one-quarter of the school's 456 students lost their homes.
The effort begins this Sunday with a full-page advertisement in The New York Times.
A reader asks: I had a pistol that was destroyed in the Santa Rosa fire. How do I cancel the registration of a gun that no longer exists?
An army of contractors is about to descend on Santa Rosa’s most devastated neighborhood.
Scores look to join the ranks of skilled volunteers with the Sonoma County Search and Rescue after the devastating fires.
In a rare joint meeting, Sonoma County and Santa Rosa officials will discuss the extreme shortage of housing options and a homeless rate more than three times the national average.
Affected homeowners don’t need to fill out any forms or make formal requests, according to a recorded message.
James Blair Robinson and Donna Jackson were just getting by before the fire; now everything is up in the air.
Seemingly no elected leader wants to raise the banner for reimagining Coffey Park, the tract housing neighborhood that saw the greatest toll in the historic firestorm.
Local psychologists tell us that kids coping with losses from the North Bay fires will need extra care and understanding. Here’s what to expect, and when to get extra help.
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.
The decision by the EPA means no one will be allowed into Journey’s End Mobile Park until appropriate cleanup efforts have been made.
The show by Sebastopol photographer Penny Wolin will be at Santa Rosa’s Calabi Gallery until Nov. 25.
So far, $11 million has been allocated for wildfire victims, and more than 3,000 people in Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino and Lake counties have received funds.
The shock among residents and firefighters, and the terrible toll of that night, are still too plain to witness in communities north of Santa Rosa.
Firms from coast to coast are descending on Sonoma County in search of clients who want to sue PG&E.
Even those who escaped with their lives by the narrowest of margins have sifted the ashes in search of just one little bit of memory.
On Oct. 12, the number of sheltered evacuees peaked at 4,162 people.
Residents with homes still standing near the destruction speak with awe at their neighbors’ losses.
The video, taken almost a month after the fires, shows the scale of the destruction.
Gov. Brown joined lawmakers to request $7.4 billion in federal funding for wildfire relief and recovery efforts.
Bay Area party band Pride & Joy and Santa Rosa country singer Pete Stringfellow are just a few of the favorites set for three fire benefits this weekend.
Air dropped fire retardant is messy and a danger to animals. Here's what you need know to clean it up.
'The fire effects that we’re seeing are across a full spectrum,' says Melanie Parker, natural resources manager for Sonoma County Regional Parks. 'It’s really fascinating to get out there. It’s not all heartbreak.'
The utility says an army of 4,300 workers helped restore power to 360,000 customers after the Northern California fires.
The brother of a paraplegic woman who was killed when the Tubbs fire destroyed her assisted living center in Coffey Park sued PG&E Thursday in what appears to be the first wrongful death claim connected to the wildfires.
Halloween used to be a big celebration in Coffey Park; now, it’s a reminder of what really matters.
The federal agency has done post-fire cleanups before, but ‘nothing of this magnitude,’ an official said.
Set to reopen Monday, the Luther Burbank Center announced four new shows, including country singer Easton Corbin and crooner Johnny Mathis, among others.
PG&E documented 10 sites with damaged power lines and equipment near where deadly fires started last month in Sonoma and Napa counties, according to reports released by regulators.
The deadline is part of an effort to motivate people to make up their minds about participating in the massive cleanup effort.
'In some ways, it might help my students feel better because I’m going through it, too,' said middle school teacher Nancy Blair, one of the 150 teachers countywide who lost their homes in the fires.
Many of the homes destroyed in the Sulphur fire are on hillsides and others are located along the shoreline.
Efforts to disband the 6th Street homeless camp are on hold while the city deals with disaster recovery.
'It’s a familiar thing for the community to do, that I believe is a real comfort for them in the middle of such unrest and tension,' says Pegi Ball, manager of the Santa Rosa Original Certified Farmers Market.
Cal Fire is out with a new tally of homes and businesses lost and damaged in Sonoma County’s three fires.
Lawyers say more than 100 people are suing the utility over fire-related damage and the number will reach thousands.
BottleRock Presents will put on three benefit concerts in Sonoma and Napa counties to aid victims of the recent North Bay wildfires.
Two South Bay canine handlers are helping Sonoma County fire victims locate cremation ashes in the ruins of their homes.
A coordinated effort is underway to prevent potentially toxic ash from burned lots from washing into local watersheds.
Noticing it taking a little longer to get around? May as well get used to it, traffic isn’t expected to go back to normal anytime soon, warns CHP.
If they opt out of the free government cleanup, homeowners will need to fill out an alternate application along with a work plan to county health officials.
The expanded food stamp benefits program applies to residents who were affected by the fires.
The Tubbs fire burned about one‑quarter of the Rincon Valley Fire Protection District.
The total of insured losses from Sonoma County alone has totaled $2.8 billion so far, surpassing the 1991 Oakland Hills fire, according to the Insurance Information Institute.
The largest three fires to burn in Sonoma County since the deadly Oct. 8 firestorm -- the Tubbs, Pocket and Nuns fires -- are all now fully contained, according to Cal Fire
'We’re one of the last parks still standing, so anyone — everyone — can come sit under a tree or take a hike,' says Tjiska Van Wyk, executive director of the 1,400-acre Glen Ellen park.
The Broadway Under the Stars performers are holding a one-night performance to help raise funds for victims of the Sonoma County fires.
Santa Rosa residents host trick-or-treaters burned out of neighborhoods by the fires.
If OK'd by county supervisors, farmers could rent out their dwellings to fire victims, including on properties covered by a state law restricting certain farmlands from development.
'There is beauty in the Pepperwood landscape now,' said Lisa Micheli, president of the foundation that operates the preserve located off Porter Creek Road. 'It is in a renewal process.'
A 17-year-old Redwood Valley girl whose younger brother was killed fleeing the massive blaze died of her injuries Sunday night.
Fire crews are mopping up and checking for hot spots in the Tubbs and Nuns fires, which are 99 percent contained.
A retired teacher appears to have been among those killed in the fire that roared through parts of Santa Rosa earlier this month.
Día de los Muertos drew 1,000 people, young and old, to Healdsburg Plaza.
Full containment of the devastating Wine Country fires is expected this week.
'A huge piece of American business history is gone,' said a former overseer of the archives.
After the most destructive wildfire in state history, how many fire victims will have the financial wherewithal and the willingness to rebuild homes?
Some are asking whether it’s wise to rebuild Fountaingrove as it was before the Tubbs fire, given that it has now burned to the ground twice in 53 years and wasn’t built according to city hillside rules to begin with.
Many were off-limits for days during the fires. At least one patch was burned. Finally, crowds started showing up last weekend as the smoke cleared.
The lucky and the unlucky are still in the phase where we are pondering whose voices to listen to and thus far we aren’t sure of anything, except that we need to keep sharing our stories.
'It’s events like these that teach us how fragile life is,' Sonoma County Sheriff Rob Giordano told the crowd of more than 1,000 gathered at SRJC on Saturday.
The Napa County fire was fully contained Friday as firefighters continue mop up of Sonoma County hotspots.
Aid applications for tens of thousands of disaster victims, including some in the North Bay, have been ensnared in scams using stolen Social Security numbers and other personal information.
The Santa Rosa Police Department worked for more than a week to collect new Halloween costumes for children affected by the fires.
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.
Although they were spared by the Santa Rosa fires, Riebli and Schaefer elementary schools remain closed. School officials say they are not safe for students and staff.
What to do now to stop erosion after a fire.
'People were standing around holding babies and had kids in PJs,' said Steve Elliott, owner of Fundemonium in Rohnert Park, of the morning the deadly fires roared through parts of Sonoma and Napa counties.
Phillies' Aaron Nola, whose own home burned down on his 12th birthday, is helping a Santa Rosa boy build up his memorabilia collection after the Tubbs fire.
Luther Burbank Center for the Arts will reopen its main theater building, which survived the Tubbs Fire in Santa Rosa, on Nov. 6.
While no one is downplaying the extent of the damage, many are looking toward a bright future, even in the face of devastating losses.
‘At times like these, it is very important that others know that as a community, we take care of each other, if someone is affected, we are all affected.’
Three more bands have joined the lineup for Band Together Bay Area fire relief benefit concert Nov. 9 at San Francisco’s AT&T Park.
If this recovery is going to succeed, and if Rebuild North Bay itself is going to succeed, it will depend on many people working together for the betterment of the region.
Teams of inspectors are painstakingly combing sites for possible clues on where and how the deadly fires started.
About 500 homeowners have submitted the necessary right-of-entry forms for the free cleanup.
About 1,000 Airbnb hosts have signed up to house displaced fire victims in their homes for free through a special temporary program.
Like thousands of Santa Rosa residents, cartoonist Brian Fies lost his home to the Tubbs fire. From the ashes came this graphic art piece that told his devastating story.
Firefighters came from over 14 states, Australia and Canada. Local police and fire staff worked tirelessly many having lost homes of their own. Click through our gallery honoring first responders.
Classes will resume at 13 Santa Rosa school campuses Friday, and the remaining 11 of the district’s 24 closed campuses will reopen Monday.
A look at the spread and devastation of the Tubbs fire, which killed at least 23 people in and around Santa Rosa.
Authorities say the man shot at crews earlier this month while there were on his property battling the deadly blaze.
Residents off Mark West Springs, Porter Creek and Calistoga roads can return to burned properties Friday, but firefighters won’t have blazes in Sonoma County fully contained until Tuesday.
We suggest adoption of a form of the Hippocratic Oath. If you can do no good — such as freeing up vacation rentals or cottages to victims of the fire — at least 'do no harm' by jacking up rents to unsustainable and unjustifiable extremes.
The organization’s goal is to help the area collaboratively address the gargantuan challenge of rebuilding the fire-ravaged area.
In Sonoma County, three fires that burned 110,720 acres were at 93 percent containment collectively.
City and county officials say workers entered a locked-down fire zone in Santa Rosa and began demolishing a Fountaingrove senior care facility before the ruins had been searched for bodies and toxic materials.
After the fires, the journey toward normalcy for most teams started with practice.
City managers hadn’t expected to be paid overtime for their extra shifts, but the city will pick up the tab anyway.
The two-person teams look for leftover household products that are corrosive or toxic and could in some cases catch fire or explode.
Kaiser Permanente, which was evacuated and closed following the devastating Tubbs fire, underwent extensive cleaning, restocking and evaluation, officials said.
The seven shipping containers have been converted into living spaces, and will house 75 people.
The gourmet food operation is helmed by local chefs and aims to feed anyone affected by the wildfires.
Notorious winds linked to many of California's worst wildfires are known by various names but all share the common trait of being able to whip a spark into a deadly inferno that seems to come out of nowhere.
The moves are meant to make rapid progress on one of the disaster’s most immediate and far-reaching consequences.
'The recent tragic events up in Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties have left us all saddened. We’re here to help as much as we can,' said Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich in a video announcing a concert to benefit those affected by the Wine Country fires.
'We already had a shortage of physicians in Sonoma County,' says Wendy Young, executive director of the Sonoma County Medical Association. 'I have doctors who are looking for houses. Where can I put them?'
James Lee Witt’s 30 years of disaster management include catastrophes such as Katrina and Superstorm Sandy.
Legendary wide receiver Cliff Branch lost his house on Stonefield Lane and with it, a wealth of memorabilia from his playing days.
Crews in white suits will conduct surveys starting Wednesday that will lead to collection of harmful materials at about 6,700 burned homes across Sonoma County.
The Santa Rosa bar will donate 100 percent of the proceeds and a portion of the food and drink sales at the Wednesday event to help victims of recent fires.
As Sonoma County starts to recover from the wildfires that have devastated part of the region, here are ways to help the fire victims.
Photographer Will Bucquoy joined two supervisors on a Cal Fire helicopter ride across the county to survey the damage from the wildfires. See photos from the flight.
Take a look through our gallery to see more Sonoma County landmarks, neighborhoods and businesses before and after the fires.
As more people are allowed back into fire-ravaged neighborhoods to sift through the remains of their homes, the greater the awareness becomes of the monumental task ahead.
The idea is to make it easier for residents to find a new place to live after thousands of homes were lost in a market where options were already in short supply.
Some Sonoma County homeowners have doubts about free property cleanup by the Army Corps of Engineers.
A record number of calls came in to Sonoma County 911 dispatchers during the early part of the deadly Tubbs fire.
Roseland Collegiate Prep students, whose school was badly damaged by the Tubbs fire, now attend school at an elementary school campus.
Now that the fires have stopped advancing, Sonoma County’s wine and tourism industries are banding together with a common message: Wine Country is open for business.
Family members describe Carol Collins-Swasey as independent and strong, with a ‘wicked sense of irreverent humor.’
Some services like traffic court remained closed two weeks later.
The cycling pro and animal activist had been trying to sell their Santa Rosa home before the Tubbs fire destroyed it and more than 5,000 other structures.
'Any kind of kids’ costume you want, we’ve got it,' says Sgt. Summer Black. Here's how to get one of the donated getups.
The Press Democrat remembers the 43 victims of the fires that roared though Sonoma, Napa and surrounding counties.
Khush Nagpal's mom said the thoughtfulness of strangers left her 'speechless.'
Hundreds of 7- and 8-year-olds gathered to play the annual Great Halloween Jamboree tournament on Sunday, a daylong hockey tournament that brought the Santa Rosa community together after the devastation.
The Nuns fire swept through Kenwood and Glen Ellen, and Sunday, residents had their first chance to return home.
The Sonoma County Fairgrounds became an impromptu shelter for farm animals threatened by fires.
Shawna DeGrange is determined to rebuild the landmark summer camp and stables north of Santa Rosa.
The center will provide assessment of needs caused by the recent fires.
Lenders are offering relief to distressed homeowners, depending on their circumstances.
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.
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 dwindling ranks of firefighters in volunteer companies proved indispensable protecting structures and saving lives.
Columnist Kerry Benefield revisits her childhood neighborhood, destroyed two weeks ago by fire, and tries to assess Santa Rosa’s unmeasurable loss.
It may be true that PG&E holds responsibility for these fires, but suspicion is not evidence.
Authorities lifted evacuations in eastern Sonoma Valley, allowing residents to return to their damaged homes in Bennett Valley, Kenwood and Glen Ellen.
How two Rincon Valley teenagers helped save their local Little League fields.
Dozens of people cheered from the street near the Sonoma County Fairgrounds Saturday morning, part of a now daily show of appreciation for firefighters’ work.
Warriors star Klay Thompson has pledged $1,000 per point in 3 games to benefit North Bay fire victims.
The devastated hillside neighborhood brimmed with life Saturday for the first time after the fire as hundreds of residents returned to burned properties.
A historic wooden peg made it through the blaze by happenstance, a cozy restaurant remembered and more from columnist Chris Smith.
Just two months into the job, Rob Giordano’s forthright and upfront command presence has propelled him from virtual anonymity to the face of Sonoma County before a national audience.
With glow sticks, flameless candles and flashlights, more than 200 people came together to heal.
As the flames advanced on their Coffey Park home, Nicole and Keith Durnford were locked outside. Their son, 4, was inside, asleep.
After narrowly escaping her home and having it burn to the ground, wedding planner Brittany Rogers-Hanson faced another crisis: saving her business during peak wedding season.
Teams of detectives are chasing down endless leads and sifted through the rubble of incinerated houses from Fountaingrove to Coffey Park.
Loren Jade Smith received three season tickets, a chance to throw out a ceremonial first pitch and lots of new gear.
Altogether, more than 6,800 structures have been destroyed in Sonoma County — most of them homes — and 23 people have been killed.
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.
Monte Kirven, 81, was instrumental in ensuring the survival of peregrine falcons in Northern California.
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.
'It’s a great way to give back,' said Mark Hill, one of hundreds of inmate firefighters who earned $1 an hour fighting the blazes.
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.
More than 84,000 signed an online petition asking the company to waive its fees, including a 5 percent service charge.
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.
Fires have caused damage from Trione-Annadel to Sugarloaf Ridge, from Hood Mountain to Sonoma Valley Regional Park.
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.
Improved weather and more firefights mean gains against the Sonoma County wildfires, but preliminary estimates of the property toll signal a prolonged recovery effort.
Sunday’s church gatherings included a citywide prayer service in Santa Rosa, led by those who lost homes.
Fires not only stole lives and ravaged neighborhoods in Santa Rosa and the surrounding region. The flames also punched the city’s business community in the gut.
Nearly half of Sonoma County schools will remain closed this week. Find out about your district.
A NASA satellite passing over California captured an arresting image: Smoke trailing from the fires in Santa Rosa and Napa more than 550 miles south into the Pacific Ocean off San Diego.
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.
The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office has released the names of four more victims of deadly fires that swept through Sonoma County a week ago and continue to burn.
From the north to the south end of Sonoma Valley on Saturday, homes and at least one landmark winery were in the path of flames. Firefighters' lines held as the death toll continued to rise.
In just over four hours, the Tubbs fire made a 12-mile run from Calistoga into a dense Santa Rosa neighborhood. Heroes and victims share their stories.
A Rohnert Park hotel now filled with fire evacuees — many with pets in tow — offers security, if not some solace.
Rincon Valley, Mountain Hawk and Skyhawk residents were awakened once again by pre-dawn sirens, triggering familiar fears.
Gaye LeBaron remembers the city that suffered through Sonoma County’s last mega fire and wonders if we overlooked peril.
Representatives of five insurance companies are at Finley Park in Santa Rosa to help residents impacted by fires file and process home and auto insurance claims.
Rising winds fanned the wildfires again Saturday, forcing hundreds more people to flee from their homes in Sonoma and east Santa Rosa.
'This is truly one of the greatest, if not the greatest, tragedy that California has ever faced,' Gov. Jerry Brown said Saturday in Santa Rosa.
The local assistance center, on the first floor of The Press Democrat building at 427 Mendocino Ave., is open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The death toll from the North Bay fires has reached 40 with the announcement of three more bodies found, one in Santa Rosa.
The California Penal Code, Section 396, prohibits raising the price of many consumer goods and services by more than 10 percent after an emergency has been declared.
Stories of unsung heroes, quick evacuations and how disaster brings people together.
Thousands of Sonoma Valley residents wait, and watch, the nearby fires.
The death toll, now at 35 across four Northern California counties, could rise far higher as fire crews gain a stronger hold on the blazes and authorities expand their search.
Rudy Flores looked out his window early Monday; he was in the midst of a cauldron.
The injured feline was found in a storm drain near Santa Rosa’s destroyed fire station.
Body camera footage from a Sonoma County sheriff’s deputy shows his urgent door-to-door effort in the Mark West Springs area, urging people in the path of the Tubbs fire to evacuate.
Wildfires ripping through Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino County have destroyed at least seven cannabis farms, according to reports.
Along with lives and homes, the fires this week also destroyed priceless pieces of history and culture some of which can rise again, others which are gone forever.
After hearing of the fire devastation, a father and son checked on their Fountaingrove neighbors, shooting video of the fire behind firelines as they rode through the neighborhood.
Residents are eligible for FEMA grants of up to $34,000 and low-rate SBA loans.
The wildfires raging in Northern California have made the region's air quality as bad as in Beijing. Here's how to protect yourself.
The Mendocino County coroner has identified two more of the eight people who have died in a wildfire in Redwood Valley.
The truck was caught on video visiting the neighborhood just a day after fire roared through the area.
For many people, the smell of smoke was the only warning as a cataclysmic fire swept down Porter Creek canyon, across Larkfield and Fountaingrove and into Coffey Park.
Emergency managers worried an evacuation alert sent to every cellphone in Sonoma County would have caused mass panic.
Forecast gusts of up to 60 mph tonight stoked fears of another firestorm this weekend. Authorities identified 10 of the 17 people confirmed dead in Sonoma County. Nearly 2,900 homes in Santa Rosa have been destroyed.
Thousands of people remained without electricity or gas Thursday as a small army of workers scrambled to restore service to fire-stricken areas.
Sleep-deprived local firefighters catch a break as hundreds of new arrivals report for duty in Santa Rosa.
Guy Fieri and his wife’s west Santa Rosa home was spared by the Tubbs fire, and he wanted to help.
Fire victims included a 14-year-old boy fleeing with his family and a Santa Rosa woman who didn’t make it out of her mobile home.
What would you take with you if ordered to leave your home? Here are 10 things to do right now to be ready if the time comes.
Winds predicted for Friday night may gust 40 mph or more, forecasters said.
State fire officials say that while the current priority is getting people out of active fires, they would be following up on the methods used to alert people to the flames.
New mandatory evacuations were ordered Thursday as the death toll from the fires raging through North Bay counties rose to 31.
The PD has teamed up with Redwood Credit Union to create the North Bay Fire Relief Fund.
Up to 29,000 homes remain under threat from fires that stretch across Sonoma and Napa counties, forcing many residents to flee.
I stopped counting at 20 — which is the approximate number of friends whose homes were destroyed by fire before dawn on Monday. Call it a nightmare in slow motion — one friend and then another and another.
Bodega Bay has become a haven for hundreds seeking shelter from the raging fires and choking smoke.
Some of the city’s most prominent residents, including CEOs, doctors, and judges, have been made homeless by the fires.
The fire had charred about 4,000 acres and was uncontained, fueled by strong northerly winds blowing a thick plume of smoke down the valley.
Smoky skies that hampered the air attack on Sonoma and Napa county wildfires have cleared somewhat, allowing a full-scale assault with tankers.
Some who searched for relatives and friends after the firestorm found them; too many did not.
Local hospitals step in to cover gaps in care following the closure of two Santa Rosa hospitals.
A massive plume of smoke from a backlit fire rose over southeast Santa Rosa, near Bennett Peak at the edge of Trione-Annadel State Park.
The biggest decision of the day throughout the Sonoma Valley was whether to flee or not.
'After I drove through the first tree, I knew I couldn’t stop,' he said. 'I did get nervous. I knew if I stopped, we would die.'
View photos sent in by readers of the fires in and around Sonoma County.
Find out which wineries in Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino counties have suffered fire damage.
Photos from the Tubbs fire burning in Santa Rosa.
The couple, who had been married 75 years, ‘just couldn’t be without each other.’
A Cal Fire mandatory evacuation order has been issued for the 7,800 residents of Geyserville and Calistoga.
For those in Texas and the South, the desolation came with names like Harvey, Irma and Maria. For those in the North Bay, it came with names like Tubbs, Nuns and Atlas. And it came without warning.
Peter Lang, 77, faced a choice between saving his home or the animals at Safari West from the Tubbs fire.
Here are the areas still evacuated due to the fires.
Here are the roads closed around the region due to the raging wildfires.
Tuesday afternoon, the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office issued mandatory evacuation notices for Bennett Ridge, Sonoma Mountain and Enterprise roads, and an area east of Bennett Valley Golf Course.
President Trump says the federal government will be there for Sonoma and Napa counties after devastating wildfires there.
Three people are now dead in Mendocino County’s Redwood Valley, the result one of several uncontrolled blazes on the North Coast.
Burned pets and stray animals can be taken to the Humane Society center on Highway 12.
Sports stars like former Giants slugger Barry Bonds and All-Star pitcher Bret Saberhagen were among the athletes forced to flee the fire in Santa Rosa early Monday.
A boil alert was issued Tuesday by the City of Santa Rosa for the Fountaingrove area, with officials advising residents use only boiled water or bottled water for drinking and cooking purposes.
PG&E reported 51,000 customers were still without power Tuesday morning across Sonoma County, with the largest outage area on the west side of Santa Rosa.
Here are some ways to find information about the Tubbs fire.
The Atlas Peak fire, at 25,000 acres in Napa County, is still burning out of control and headed into more rugged terrain, according to Cal Fire.
The number people who died in the massive fire burning in Santa Rosa rose to 11 Tuesday, Sonoma County sheriff’s officials said. The fatalities were spread along the fire’s destructive path.
The 27,000-acre Tubbs fire laid waste to landmarks, homes, businesses and schools, burning uncontrolled into Tuesday morning with 100 people reported missing and at least seven dead in Sonoma County.
The area remains under a mandatory evacuation order and officials said tests won’t come back until Wednesday at least.
Sometime in the future, when another firestorm erupts in the middle of the night, North Coast residents may recall the Tubbs fire of 2017. Right now, however, we’re still in the middle of the storm.
Santa Rosa residents returned to find hundreds of homes burned to the ground in the subdivision west of Highway 101.
Bucket brigades and brave neighbors saved the day Monday in Rincon Valley.
The fire, one of several uncontrolled blazes burning on the North Coast, claimed the life of at least two people Monday and authorities say they anticipate more deaths.
In Sonoma Valley, residents and a raceway dodge the flames as others flee.
Prime growing regions such as Carneros and the Sonoma Valley in Sonoma County and the Silverado Trail in Napa County were affected.
The fire destroyed a large swath of homes Monday in the Coffey Park neighborhood and along Hopper Avenue.
Here’s an update on the roads that have been closed in Sonoma County due to multiple fires burning out of control.
Heavy smoke from wildfires prompted a smoke advisory throughout the Bay Area, with air quality readings in some areas well above the level considered 'very unhealthy.'
Larkfield resident: 'It was more of the glow that I remember, deep dark orange glow. The air got so thick you could barely breathe.’
Gov. Brown has declared a state of emergency in Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties because of wildfires that the governor says are threatening thousands of homes.
Flames left a path of destruction across northern Santa Rosa, claiming many well-known businesses and local landmarks.
Sutter and Kaiser Permanente hospitals were evacuated in Santa Rosa. Other medical facilities, including assisted and senior living homes, were moving residents.
Two schools were destroyed and Cardinal Newman High School suffered major damage in the overnight fires.
Emergency shelters have been opened across Sonoma County to take in thousands of fire evacuees.
'It was very spooky. It was like an apocalypse,' says Fountaingrove resident Laura Mills, one of the thousands forced to flee uncontrolled fires burning in Sonoma and Napa counties.