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Special Coverage: October Firestorm Anniversary

It was the beloved black-and-white cow’s first day back living on the property since the Tubbs fire burned through it one year earlier, killing her caretaker, Valerie Evans.
There is guilt that their homes survived when many others lost everything — and so much more.
Thanks to a fateful decision they made while evacuating and a determined contractor, the Lefors are the first Wallace Road fire survivors to rebuild.
Santa Rosa has lifted the water quality advisory that has been in place since the Tubbs fire melted the neighborhood’s pipes and contaminated sections of the water system in October 2017.
From an influx of people to lingering trauma, here's how last year's deadly October fires are changed Petaluma.
Kenwood could be hit by flow coming off the slopes of Hood Mountain, according to assessments by the U.S. Geological Service.
It’s been a year like no other for Sonoma County, and Coffey Park has been both a place of fiery destruction and a resilient neighborhood.
Sara and John Shepherd, who lost their two children in the North Bay wildfires and were badly burned themselves, are among the fire survivors on the slow road to recovery.
Hundreds of people gathered in Santa Rosa's Old Courthouse Square Monday on the one-year anniversary of the North Bay wildfires, which claimed 24 lives in Sonoma County and destroyed 5,300 homes.
'Prior to the fires, Larkfield was a very sleepy place,' said Sonoma County Supervisor James Gore, who represents the community. 'They have awoken.'
To mark fire anniversary, Coffey Park residents will gather Tuesday in their Santa Rosa neighborhood.
This firestorm anniversary day would be perfect for a bit of silent reflection, gratitude and resolve.
This time-lapse video of Fountaingrove shows images captured by satellite just before the fires, in August 2017, and images from this month.
Sonoma County was forever changed by the 2017 wildfires. A year later, the scorched neighborhoods and landscape are slow to recover. Take a look at aerial photos from a year ago and today.
Firefighting is in the blood of the Bello family of Bloomfield. They take comfort knowing they were together that night last October, saving lives and structures, doing the work they’ve trained for.
Psychologists have found that getting involved helps people not only survive, but thrive, in stressful situations. In Sonoma County, many people have found ways to make a difference by helping others hurt by the October wildfires.
One year after Tubbs fire, fewer than 50 homes of the more than 5,300 destroyed countywide have been fully rebuilt, mainly because of insurers’ delays in paying homeowners’ claims.
For anyone who lived in Sonoma County a year ago, Oct. 8 and Oct. 9 will be the anniversary few of us anticipated — and none of us wanted.
Former Maria Carrillo soccer star Maddy Gonzalez was a sophomore at Santa Clara when firestorms ripped through Santa Rosa last October, destroying her family home. The soccer field became a place to find normalcy, not just for her but for her family.
It’s a question worth billions of dollars: How did California’s most destructive wildfire start? One year after the Tubbs fire became a deadly, wind-driven inferno, Cal Fire has yet to make public any findings from its investigation.
Small birdhouses painted by residents include short notes about last year’s fires.
Surrounded by fire a year ago, the residents of Michele Way Estates were forced into awful decisions and endured incredible suffering to survive. Now they weigh how to move forward with their lives.
Over the past year, Santa Rosa cartoonist and fire victim Brian Fies continued to draw frames about his experience in an expanded version of “A Fire Story,” which we preview this week on the anniversary of the October wildfires.
Scientists are also testing ash and air for toxins formed by incineration of household materials during the wildfires that blasted through Sonoma County a year ago.
The October fires cleaved the community into two worlds: one occupied by those who suffered a significant loss, the other by those who did not.
The Santa Rosa tech entrepreneurs, while reviving their outdoor space, developed an online landscape design service that can save time and money for busy homeowners on a budget.
Just over half of Sonoma County students met or exceeded in English standards, an improvement from the year before, according to results from state standardized tests. See how your school did.
Last year’s wildland blazes fueled a push for consolidation of the county’s outdated, underfunded fire network and now the first major change is underway.
A haunting silence prevails at the 10-acre Glen Ellen retreat that Bernie and Kat Krause safeguarded over a half-century nearly a year after the Nuns fire destroyed their home and his life's work.
Donors from around the globe gave millions of dollars to help North Bay fire victims in the short and long term. Here's how local groups mobilized to help families in need.
Exhibits at the Museum of Sonoma County, the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art and other venues deal with the anniversary and aftermath of the 2017 wildfires.
‘I’ve tried to put my personal loss on the back burner and really not talk about my experience a lot,’ said Sonoma County Supervisor Susan Gorin, one of the few elected officials to lose a home in the October fires. ‘But I use that experience.'
Journey’s End in north Santa Rosa saw 117 homes destroyed in the Tubbs fire and two residents killed. Ex-residents remain in limbo as rebuilding plans inch along.
Starting in the early hours of Oct. 8, 2017, the Tubbs fire carved a deadly path from Calistoga to Santa Rosa covering over 30,000 acres and killing 22. Click through our map to see how it all began.
There is no official tally of how many people have left Sonoma County since the fires, but a Press Democrat analysis suggests that as many as 7,000 people may have departed Santa Rosa last year. Their reasons are varied.
When Tom Francois celebrated the completion of his Fountaingrove home earlier this month surrounded by hundreds of friends, former neighbors and strangers, it felt like 'winning the lottery.'
The North Bay fires destroyed 6187 homes and took 40 lives during the three and a half weeks they ravaged Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino and Solano counties. Click through our timeline to see the highlights of the recovery effort over the past year.  
The Santa Rosa Symphony is opening its season under new Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong with a newly commissioned piece, “Sonoma Strong,” written by Santa Rosa native Paul Dooley to commemorate the 2017 wildfires.
'Car Candelabra' is the flame-blasted frame of what prior to a year ago was a retired Mark West Springs couple’s gloriously restored, white-over-green, 1957 Ford T-Bird.
We asked Santa Rosa residents affected by the October fires to share their experiences of living through the past year. Here are their first-person accounts.
A year later, the recovery of Coffey Park can be measured in homes under construction, in regular gatherings of residents and in the work of a neighborhood group that didn’t exist before the historic Tubbs fire.
The destructive power of the October 2017 firestorm exposed deep shortcomings and outright failures in emergency preparedness. A year later, local officials say they learned painful lessons.
Hatched while California was burning from end to end, new laws address wildfire fuel reduction and how PG&E and its customers will share fire costs.
'I think the long, tedious, challenging road to rebuilding and recovery is a harsh reality right now for so many people,' said Sonoma County Supervisor Shirlee Zane. As wildfires continue to ravage the state, Sonoma County and its largest city are still reeling from the devastation experienced last fall.
When we asked readers to tell us how their lives had changed since that historic conflagration one year ago, their thoughtful, articulate and often emotional responses came flooding in.
Nearly a year after the deadly North Bay wildfires, families who lost loved ones are still quietly grieving and coping with loss.
Rebuilding in Sonoma Valley has lagged behind other areas of the county. Slowly, new homes are rising on some streets.
Some have chosen to stay in Sonoma County and rebuild. Others have decided to move away and start all over again in a new town. And some have moved into a region that many wanted to escape, hoping to help it recover.
Business owners have found themselves bogged down by unpaid insurance claims and questions of whether and how to rebuild.
‘These extra expenses and extra stresses aren’t helpful. There are days that I wish I was in Coffey Park, where all was dealing with was the rebuild,’ said one Wikiup resident.
From prayer to art, these community events aim to help people heal and find comfort on the first anniversary of the deadly wildfires.
Martin Espinoza and Julie Johnson shared their experiences covering the deadly October firestorm at an event in San Francisco on Saturday.
There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to how schools will acknowledge to first anniversary of the devastating October firestorm.
The fires carry a unique significance to each member of the community, with public events and private gatherings set to mark the anniversary.