Free PDF download: Part 1 of “North Bay Wildfires: Resources and Information.” Focuses on first steps for damage recovery for home and business owners. Stay tuned for Part 2: “Air Quality.”
Updated 10/16/17 9:01 am
Day 8: Oakmont Fire: only 15% contained.
Atlas fire is 68% contained. Tubbs Fire 60% contained. Redwood Fire 45% contained. Nuns Fire 40% contained.
Boil water notices still in effect for parts of Santa Rosa.
Napa & Sonoma Schools closed through Thursday.
Wet weather in the forecast!
If you’re wondering when your gas will be turned back on, you can visit this PG&E site. Scroll down to the bottom and enter your address to see a schedule.
If you see possible looting, call the sheriff’s dispatch center at (707) 565-2121
Time to start your recovery:
FEMA has said that homes and businesses hurt by the fire can apply for Federal Disaster Aid.
- Start your claim. Enter your address to see if your home qualifies at this time
- Read the FEMA declaration
From the City of Santa Rosa: “Opening a Local Assistance Center (LAC) in partnership with FEMA and the California Office of Emergency Services on Saturday morning. The LAC is a one-stop-shop with critical services for residents who have been impacted by the fires. The LAC will be open from 9:00am to 7:00pm for at least two weeks and likely longer at the Press Democrat building in downtown Santa Rosa at 427 Mendocino Ave. between Ross and 5th Streets. Parking is free off of B St. in the city lot. The site is wheelchair accessible. Spanish translators and a children’s play area will be available.”
Fire Anxiety: SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline provides counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to the fires.
Pick-up mail centers for evacuees:
- Santa Rosa zip code 95403: Roseland Post Office. Zip codes 04, 05, 09: Main Santa Rosa Post Office. From 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.
- Sonoma, Glen, Ellen, Kenwood: Casa Grande Annex, 1601 Corporate Cir, Petaluma. 12-6:00 pm. Photo ID required.
Wind map website tracks wind direction and speed
Updated list of places to help and donate from Sip on this Juice.
Diamond Certified company Paradise Pet Resort in Rohnert Park has room for evacuated animals. Call 707-206-9000 .
For recent news: SFGATE has been updating this post regularly.
Sonoma County sheriff warning people to *stay away* from evacuated areas.
If you are seeking a missing person, call 707-565-3856. If you have found your missing person, please call back to let the Sheriff’s office know the person is found and safe.
Many shelters are reporting an overflow of donations: before you donate, make sure that the requests haven’t already been filled.
Joy Lanzaro recently published this piece on what you should bring in an evacuation: My Go Bag
Wine growers: Lodi winery offering to help receive and process fruit.
Further down on this page:
- Links to learn about current evacuations and where to find shelter
- Ways to Help
- Animal Resources
Sonoma County Evacuations (as of 10/11/17 9:24 AM)
Map of Evacuation Centers and Status (open or filled)
Text 888777 with your zip code to get evacuation updates.
Looking for a loved one? Check www.safeandwell.org .
Residents of Sonoma, Napa, Solano & Yuba county: List yourself as safe at www.safeandwell.org
Pet and Animal Shelters
- Napa County Animal Shelter at 942 Hartle Ct, Napa
- Santa Rosa Fairgrounds at 1350 Bennett Valley Road. Access the Fairgrounds via Gate 7 on Aston Ave
- Cloverdale Citrus Fair at 1 Citrus Fair Drive, Cloverdale
- Vintage High farm at 1375 Trower Ave. in Napa will take in larger animals and has equipment to transport them, if needed.
- As of 10.11.17 at 11:01 am, Marin Humane Society has space for more pet boarding. 171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd, Novato.
Ways to Help
The best way to help if you are not already in Sonoma is through cash donation. Here are some organizations accepting cash donations: Redwood Empire Food Bank, United Way of Wine Country, Salvation Army Santa Rosa, Sonoma County Humane.
This Google Doc for volunteer opportunities and donation needs in Petaluma is being updated regularly.
This Google Doc for volunteer opportunities and donation needs in Marin is being updated regularly.
Redwood Credit Union has established a North Bay Relief Fund. 100% of funds go to fire victims.
Napa County page: best source for updated information for Napa
Sonoma County page: best source for updated information for Sonoma
A very comprehensive list of resources, put together by the Chimera Arts & Makerspace
As we learn more about the fires, we will post updates here as well.
Late summer and early fall is fire season in Northern California. Make sure you’re prepared for a fast-moving wildfire by clearing excess brush around your home, keeping fire extinguishers at hand, and preparing an emergency evacuation plan for your family.
Let’s start with some tips for preventing wildfires from reaching your home:
The foundation of any fire-safe property is the creation of a “defensible space,” which fire authorities define as a 100-foot radial buffer surrounding the home. This area consists of two zones: the “defensible space zone,” which constitutes the home’s immediate 30-foot vicinity, and the “reduced fuel zone,” which extends the remaining 70 feet. In Zone 1, any and all potential combustion threats are to be removed, while in Zone 2, the landscape is to be maintained in such a way that minimizes the ability of fire to spread inward.
By the numbers
You don’t have to be a math whiz to create a defensible space, but you’ll at least need a tape measure. To provide a general guide for homeowners, fire authorities have prescribed set measurements pertaining to the heights and distances by which grass, shrubs, and tree limbs should be trimmed or pruned. For example, in Zone 1, a minimum distance of 10 feet between trees is recommended, as well as between tree limbs and the home’s perimeter. In Zone 2, there are recommended measurements for everything from the height of grass to both vertical and horizontal spaces between trees and shrubs. For more specifics on these dimensions, read CAL FIRE’s guide to creating a fire-safe defensible space.
If living plants, shrubs and trees are at risk for fire, dead growth is kindling just waiting to ignite. For this reason, all dead grass, leaves and pine needles should be completely cleared out of Zone 1 (including the yard, roof and rain gutters), and to a lesser extent in Zone 2. Additionally, any wood piles or similar combustible elements in Zone 1 should be relocated to Zone 2.
While there’s no such thing as a “fireproof” plant, some are more fire-resistant than others, so keep this in mind when planting. Common fire-resistant characteristics include high moisture content in leaves, non-resinous leaves, open branching habits and slow rate of growth (which reduces maintenance). Some examples of fire-resistant varieties include plants like rockrose, ice plant and aloe; shrubs such as hedging roses, bush honeysuckles, currant and sumac; and trees such as maple, poplar and cherry. Don’t forget to use fire-resistant gardening materials as well, especially mulch, which can be quite flammable depending on what kind it is.
Hardscaping can beautify a garden or landscape, but did you know it can also help protect against wildfires? By breaking up a property’s combustible elements, hardscape features like retaining walls, stone pathways and rock gardens can make it more difficult for fire to spread. Consider hiring a landscape designer to incorporate these elements on your property.
A recurrent responsibility
Creating a defensible space isn’t a one-time affair; rather, ongoing maintenance is required to sustain fire-safe conditions. In addition to clearing away dead growth and pruning shrubs and trees, be diligent about watering, as insufficient irrigation can compromise the integrity of fire-resistant plants. Remember, it’s your responsibility to keep your home and property as fire-safe as possible.