A special thank you to the courageous crews that battled North Bay fires

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Gratitude: See our special coverage of heartwarming stories following the Sonoma County fires here.

Read all of the PD's fire coverage here

Our Sonoma County fire crews, joined by hundreds of agencies from across the state and country, came together to battle a firestorm that evolved into three major blazes, burning over 19 days and raging across 114,000 acres. Fed by hot, dry winds with gusts topping 100 mph, the Tubbs fire — the most destructive blaze — raced 12 miles from its starting point near Calistoga into Santa Rosa in just over four hours.

In all, the firefighting force peaked at 6,700 personnel from 382 fire agencies, along with 82 law enforcement agencies from throughout the state. Deputies, police and highway patrol officers evacuated tens of thousands of residents, patrolled for looters and supervised the return home. The effort also included nearly 800 National Guard troops and 4,300 PG&E workers. Hundreds of additional volunteers, private agencies and organizations came forward, including prisoners from the California Conservation camps who worked the fire lines. The list in the pages to come are Cal Fire’s best accounting of the scope of assistance.

The bravery required of those who put themselves in harm’s way is seldom witnessed: it lives in the intensity of moments when others have fled, or are deep in work battling the flames themselves. Press Democrat reporters and photographers arrived quickly to the fires and stayed, shadowing embattled fire crews as the conflagration spread from Knights Valley to the north to Kenwood in the south. The captured images in the gallery above show first responders at work during those critical first hours and days of the inferno, and the courage they summoned when nearly all seemed lost.


Aberdeen, Washington, Fire Department

Alameda County Fire Department

Alameda Fire Department

Alaska Fire Service Resources

Alpine Fire Protection Department

Altaville-Melones Fire Protection District

Amador Fire Protection District

Anderson Fire Protection District

Angels Camp Fire Department

Aptos/La Selva Beach Fire Protection District

Arizona Fire District — Phoenix

Arizona Fire District — Tucson

Arizona State Forestry — Northwest District

Arizona State Forestry Division — State Office

Atascadero City Fire Department

Atwater Fire Department

Auburn Volunteer Fire Department

Avra Valley Fire District, Arizona

Bakersfield Fire Department

Barona Mission Indians Fire Department

Bear Valley Fire Department

Beaver Dam/Littlefield Fire District

Belmont Fire Department

Bennett Valley Fire Protection District

Berkeley Fire Department

Bitterroot National Forest, Montana and Idaho

Black Hills National Forest

Bodega Bay Fire Protection District

Boise National Forest, Idaho

Branciforte Fire Protection District

Brea Fire Department

Bullhead City Fire Department, Arizona

Burbank Fire Department

Burbank-Paradise Fire District

Burney Fire Protection District

Burns Fire Department, Oregon

Calaveras Consolidated Fire Authority

Calaveras Operational Area

California City Fire Department

California Conservation Corps

California Desert District

California Highway Patrol

California Office of Emergency Services

California Office of Emergency Services — Region 1

California Office of Emergency Services — Region 5

California Office of Emergency Services — Region 6

California State Parks

Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base

Camp Roberts Fire Department

Carlsbad Fire Department

Carmel Highlands Fire Protection Department

Carpinteria/Summerland Fire Protection Department

Cathedral City Fire Department

Cazadero Community Services District

Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority

Gratitude: See our special coverage of heartwarming stories following the Sonoma County fires here.

Read all of the PD's fire coverage here

Central Calaveras Fire and Rescue Protection District

Central California District

Central County Fire Department

Central Fire Protection District of Santa Cruz County

Central Land Office, Montana

Chester Fire Protection District

Chico Fire Department

Chino Valley Indian Fire Protection Department

Chula Vista Fire Department

City of Modesto Fire Department

Clements Rural Fire Protection District

Cleveland National Forest

Cloverdale Fire Protection District

Clovis Fire Department

Colton Fire Department

Columbia Fire Protection Department

Colusa Fire Department

Compton Fire Department

Contra Costa County Fire Protection District

Contra Costa County Operational Area

Copperopolis Fire Protection Department

Coronado National Forest

Corte Madera Fire Department

Costa Mesa Fire Department

Cosumnes Community Services District

Cottonwood Fire Protection District

Crockett-Carquinez Fire Protection District

Custer Gallatin National Forest, Montana

Downey Fire Department

Dry Creek Band

Eastern Plumas Rural Fire Protection District

Ebbetts Pass Fire Protection Department

El Cerrito Fire Department

El Dorado County Fire Protection District

El Dorado County Operational Area

Eldridge Fire Department

El Medio Fire Protection District

El Segundo Fire Department

Eldorado National Forest

Encinitas Fire Department

Escondido Fire Department

Eugene Springfield Fire, Oregon

Fairfield Fire Department

Fallen Leaf Community Service District Volunteer Fire

Fillmore Fire Department

Firestorm Wildland Fire Suppression

Fishlake National Forest, Utah

Foresthill Fire Protection District

Forestville Fire Protection District

Fortuna Interagency Command Center

Foster City Fire Department

Fountain Valley Fire Department

Fremont Fire Department

French Camp-McKinley Fire Protection District

Fresno City Fire Depatrment

Fresno County Operational Area

Fullerton Fire Department

Garden Grove Fire Department

Garden Valley Fire Protection District

Georgetown Fire Protection District

Geyserville Fire Protection District

Gila National Forest, New Mexico

Glendale Fire Department

Glen Ellen Fire Department

Gold Ridge Fire Protection District

Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Golder Ranch Fire District, Arizona

Graton Fire Protection District

Graeagle Fire Protection District

Hanford Fire Department

Hayward Fire Department

Healdsburg FD

Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest, Montana

Helena National Forest, Montana

Hoopa Valley Tribe

Hughson Fire Protection District

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest

Huntington Beach Fire Department

Idaho Falls District

Idaho Panhandle National Forest

Idyllwild Fire Protection Department

Intermountain Regional Office

Inyo National Forest

Joshua Tree National Monument

Kentfield Fire Protection District

Kenwood Fire Protection District

Kern County Fire Department

Kings County Operational Area

Kings Fire County Department

Kingsburg Fire Department

Klamath National Forest

Klamath Unit

La Mesa Fire Department

La Verne Fire Department

Laguna Beach Fire Department

Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit

Lakeside Fire Department

Larkspur Fire Department

Lassen National Forest

Lassen Operational Area

Lathrop-Manteca Fire Protection District

Liberty Fire Protection District

Linden Peters Fire Protection District

Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department

Lodi Fire Department

Loma Linda Fire Department

Lompoc Fire Department

Long Beach Fire Department

Los Angeles City Fire Department

Los Angeles County Operational Area C

Los Angeles County Fire Department

Los Angeles County Operational Area F

Los Angeles County Operational Area G

Los Angeles Operational Area F Coordination

Los Padres National Forest

Loyalton Fire Department

Madera City Fire Department

Madera County Fire Department

Maggie Creek Area Office

Malheur National Forest, Oregon

Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, Oregon

Manhattan Beach Fire Department

Manteca Fire Department

Marin County Fire Department

Marin County Operational Area

Marina Department of Public Service

Mariposa Public Utility District

Mayacamas Volunteer Fire Department

Medford Fire-Rescue, Oregon

Mendocino National Forest

Menifee Fire Department

Menlo Park Fire Protection District

Merced County Fire Department

Merced Fire Department

Mescalero Agency, New Mexico

Midwest Regional National Park Service Headquarters

Milpitas Fire Department

Modoc National Forest

Mokelumne Rural Fire Protection District

Montecito Fire Protection Department

Monterey County Operational Area

Monterey County Regional Fire District

Monterey Fire Department

Monte Rio Fire Protection District

Moraga Fire Protection District

Morgan Hill City Fire Department

Morongo Indian Reservation Fire Department

Mountain Gate Volunteer Fire Department

Mountain View Fire Department

Murphys Fire Protection District

Murrieta Fire Protection Department

Napa County Fire Department

National City Fire Department

National Interagency Fire Center, Idaho

Nebraska National Forest

Nevada County Consolidated Fire Department

New York Forest Rangers

Newport Beach Fire & Medical Department

Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests

Nez Perce Tribe

Norco Fire Department

North Sonoma Coast Fire Protection District

North County Fire Authority

North County Fire Department

North County Fire Protection Department

North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District

North Tahoe Fire Protection District

Northstar Fire Department

Novato Fire Protection District

Oakland Fire Department

Oceanside Fire Department

Occidental County Sanitation District

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Washington

Ontario Fire Department

Orange County Fire Department

Orange County Operational Area

Oregon Department of Forestry State Headquarters

Oroville Fire Department

Oxnard Fire Department

Pacific Cascade Region-Department of National Resources, Washington

Pacific Southwest Regional Office

Palo Alto Fire Department

Parks Reserve Forces Training Area Fire Emergency Services

Pasadena Fire Department

Payette National Forest, Idaho

Pechanga Indian Reservation Fire Department

Pendleton Unit

Perris Fire Department

Petaluma Fire Department

Picture Rocks Fire District, Arizona

Piedmont Fire Department

Placer County Operational Area

Plumas National Forest

Point Reyes National Seashore

Rancho Adobe Fire Protection District

Rancho Santa Fe Fire Department

Redding Fire Department

Redlands Fire Department

Redondo Beach Fire Department

Redwood City Fire Department

Redwood National Park

Region Three

Rialto Fire Department

Richmond Fire Department

Rincon Reservation Fire Department

Rincon Valley Fire Protection District

Rio Puerco Field Office, New Mexico

Ripon Fire Protection District

Riverside County Fire Department

Riverside County Operational Area

Riverside Fire Department

Rocklin Fire Department

Rodeo-Hercules Fire Protection District

Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest

Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety

Rosebud Agency

Roseburg District

Russian River Fire District

Sacramento County Operational Area

Sacramento Fire Department

Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department

Sacramento Regional Fire-EMS Communication Center

St. Helena Fire Department

Salida Fire Protection District

Salinas Fire Department

San Andreas Fire Protection Department

San Bernardino County Fire Department

San Bernardino County Operational Area

San Bernardino National Forest

San Bruno Fire Department

San Diego County Operational Area

San Diego National Wildlife Refuge

San Francisco County Operational Area

San Francisco Fire Department

San Gabriel Fire Department

San Joaquin County Operational Area

San Joaquin County Operational Area Coordination

San Jose Fire Department

San Luis Obispo Fire Department

San Manuel Fire Department

San Marcos Fire Protection Department

San Mateo County Operational Area

San Mateo Fire Department

San Miguel Consolidated Fire Department

San Miguel Fire Protection Department

San Quentin State Prison

San Rafael Fire Department

San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District

Santa Barbara City Fire Department

Santa Barbara County Fire Department

Santa Barbara County Operational Area Coordination

Santa Barbara County Operational Area

Santa Clara County Fire Department

Santa Clara County Operational Area

Santa Clara Fire Department

Santa Cruz County Operational Area

Santa Cruz Fire Department

Santa Fe National Forest

Santa Maria Fire Department

Santa Paula Fire Department

Santa Rosa Fire Department

Savannah River Forest, South Carolina

Schell-Vista Fire Protection District

Scotts Valley Fire Protection District (XCZ)

Sebastopol Fire Department

Sequoia National Forest

Shasta County Fire Department

Shasta County Operational Area

Shasta Fire Department

Shasta Lake Fire Protection District

Shasta-Trinity National Forest

Sierra National Forest

Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue

Six Rivers National Forest

Sonoma County Operational Area

Sonoma County Airport Fire Department

Sonoma County Fire and Emergency Services

Sonoma Valley Fire Rescue Authority

South Dakota Wildland Fire Suppression (GPC Area)

South Lake County Fire Protection District

South Marin Fire Protection District

South Placer Fire Protection District

South Puget Sound Dispatch Center, Washington

South Puget Sound Region-Department of Natural Resources, Washington

South San Francisco Fire Department

Southwest Area

Southwest Area Office

Southwest Regional Office (R-3)

Sparks Fire Department

Spokane Fire Department, Washington

Squaw Valley Fire Department

Standish Litchfield Fire Protection District

Stanislaus County Operational Area

Stanislaus National Forest

Stinson Beach Fire Protection District

Stockton Fire Department

Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety & Fire Department

Susan River Fire Protection District

Tahoe Basin Operational Area

Tahoe National Forest

Tahoe-Douglas Fire Protection District

Tehama County Fire Department

Thornton Fire Protection District

Tiburon Fire Protection District

Tonto National Forest, Arizona

Torrance Fire Department

Tracy Fire Department

Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District

Tucson Interagency Dispatch Center, Arizona

Tulare County Fire Department

Tuolumne Fire Protection Department

Umatilla National Forest, Oregon

Umpqua National Forest, Oregon

UC Davis Fire Department

U.S. Coast Guard Two Rock

Vale District

Valley Oak FD

Vandenberg Air Force Base Fire Department

Ventura City Fire Department

Ventura County Fire Department

Ventura County Operational Area

Vernon Fire Department

Viejas Fire Department

Visalia Fire Department

Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, Oregon and Idaho

Washington State Headquarters

Waterloo-Morada Fire Protection District

Watsonville Fire Department

Western Region Headquarters

Wilmar Fire Department

Windsor Fire Protection District

Woodlake Fire Department

Woodside Fire Protection District

Wyoming State Forestry (CPC Area)

Yocha Dehe Fire Department

Yosemite National Park

Zayante Fire Protection District


Alameda Police Department

Albany Police Department

Berkeley Police Department

Fremont Police Department

Hayward Police Department

Hercules Police Department

Newark Police Department

Oakland Police Department

Piedmont Police Department

Pleasanton Police Department

Livermore Police Department

Union City Police Department

Emeryville Police Department

East Bay Regional Police Department

BART Police Department

UCPD System

San Francisco Police Department

San Francisco Sheriff’s Office

San Leandro Police Department

Cloverdale Police Department

Kensington Police Department

Department of Fish & Game

Oakley Police Department


Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office

Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office

Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office

Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office

City of Sonoma Police Department

Marin County Sheriff’s Office

Suisun Police Department

Vacaville Police Department

San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office

Monterey County Sheriff’s Office

Richmond Police Department

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office

Piedmont Police Department

Santa Rosa Police Department

INMATE CONSERVATION CAMPS (provided firefighters)

Alder Conservation Camp

Antelope Conservation Camp

Bautista Conservation Camp

Ben Lomond Conservation Camp

Cuesta Conservation Camp

Deadwood Conservation Camp

Delta Conservation Camp

Devil’s Garden Conservation Camp

Eel River Conservation Camp

Gabilan Conservation Camp

Growlersburg Conservation Camp

High Rock Conservation Camp

Intermountain Conservation Camp

Ishi Conservation Camp

Konocti Conservation Camp

La Cima Conservation Camp

McCain Valley Conservation Camp

Miramonte Conservation Camp

Mountain Home Conservation Camp

Mount Bullion Conservation Camp

Norco Conservation Camp

Oak Glen Conservation Camp

Owens Valley Conservation Camp

Puerta La Cruz Conservation Camp

Rainbow Conservation Camp

Salt Creek Conservation Camp

Sugar Pine Conservation Camp

Trinity River Conservation Camp

Valley View Conservation Camp

Washington Ridge Conservation Camp


American Medical Response

Bell’s Ambulance

Cloverdale Ambulance

Coast Life Support District

Falck Northern California

REACH Helicopter

Sonoma Life Support

Verihealth Inc.

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