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Santa Rosa Community Fire Meeting Oct 14, 2017

Santa Rosa-Sonoma County Fire Community Meeting Summary - October 14

Oct 15, 2017


CAL FIRE, the Santa Rosa Police Department, the Santa Rosa Fire Department, the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office and the California Highway Patrol provided updates related to the fires in Sonoma County.

FIND YOUR HOME: Here's a VERY useful link: Type in your address and you will see an aerial map of where you live after the fire swept through - you can compare it with before if you just need to.

Fire Updates

  • The Pocket Fire is being held on the south and west sides, however it is creeping towards the east.
  • The Tubbs Fire is active on the northeast side of the fire, near Mount Saint Helena.
  • Last night’s wind (10/13/17) caused the Nuns fire to grow despite monumental efforts from firefighters.
  • A fire, classified as part of the Nuns fire, started to the area north of Oakmont on Friday afternoon. Firefighters are holding the fire at HWY 12. The fire is also approaching the northeast side of the City of Sonoma, and the strategy is to hold the fire at its current location.
  • Fire investigators continue to work diligently to determine the cause of the fires.
  • Red Flag Warning remains in effect and has been extended until 8 am Sunday. Stay alert. 

Mutual Aid

  • We currently have resources in from across the nation with more on the way.
  • There are over 3,000 firefighters in Sonoma County working 24-hour shifts to contain the fires.
  • The Sonoma County Sheriff met with California Governor Jerry Brown this afternoon to discuss resource allocation. 

Law Enforcement

  • 101 Northbound at Bicentennial has been reopened.
  • Kaiser Permanente Hospital is close to reopening.
  • Sutter Hospital remains closed.
  • Law enforcement has been essential in helping with evacuations; law enforcements assistance has enabled firefighters to focus on fire suppression while law enforcement partners conducted evacuations.
  • Evacuation areas that are closed are currently being patrolled by 600 members of the National Guard. Some areas in Santa Rosa with evacuation orders have been reduced to evacuation advisories.
  • Santa Rosa Police Chief Hank Schreeder thanked Santa Rosa residents in Rincon Valley for being prepared and evacuating in an orderly manner that enabled first responders to continue their efforts to battle the fire. 

Fatalities and Missing People

  • There have been 20 fatalities in Sonoma County related to the fires.
  • 1,643 people have been reported missing, of those 1,420 have been located safe. 223 individuals that have been reported missing remain unaccounted for. 


  • Looting and other crime will not be tolerated. Law enforcement will maintain a heavy presence in evacuated areas to assist people and protect property. Looters will be arrested. Five arrests have been made to date.
  • If you see looting in progress, please call 9-1-1.

Distracted Driving

  • Law enforcement’s goal is to make sure people return home safely. Do not drive distracted. If you need to use your cell phone to contact a loved one, please pull over.

Local Assistance Center (LAC)

  • The LAC is a one-stop local assistance center that will be able to help residents with a wide range of services when the immediate fire threat has passed. This center will help with services like insurance claims, short-term lodging, clothing, animal services, and clean-up information.
  • The LAC will be open from 9 am to 7 pm daily, with the last entry at 6 pm so people have time to access all services available.
  • All individuals are welcome at the LAC regardless of documented immigration status.

State and Federal Assistance for Individuals

  • Napa and Sonoma county residents impacted by the fires can apply for federal Individual Disaster Assistance online at or by phone at 800-621-3362.

More Information:

  • Sonoma County Emergency Operation Center Hotline: (707) 565-3856
  • Santa Rosa Public Information Line: (707) 543-4511


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