Updates as of November 12th – All evacuations centers are closed. Finley Center starting recreational classes again. Clean up is well under way. Deadline for toxic clean up is tomorrow.
The night of October 8, 2017 a number of fires started in Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino Counties. The conditions were ripe for fires to start and spread quickly in firestorm fashion. We personally were very lucky only losing power for two days. We were ready to evacuate, but we weren’t under an order. The air was filled with smoke for days and we escaped to Bodega Bay to have fresh air for a few hours on several afternoons. We had friends, ex-coworkers, family of friends who lost everything. Houses burned completely to the ground. Over 100k acres burned with over 6500 structures destroyed and 42 lives lost.
The fires are now 100% contained. Below is some information on Parks – some badly damaged and still closed. Also below is some other information about the fires and recovery.
I tried to write about the experience, but since the personal impact was small compared to others, it seemed inconsequential. Today, I came across an article that well describes the power and destruction of one of the fires – and the impact on so many lives.
A monster firestorm became unstoppable almost as soon as it started
Santa Rosa City Parks
The Finley Center at W. College and Stony Point had been an evacuation center. The swim center has reopened. As of November 4th, the Finley Center is the last of the evacuation centers. Recreations programs might restart soon. Steele Lane activities start again on Monday October 23rd. Other park information.
All parks are open to the West of Hwy 101. Foothill is open. Crane Creek and North Sonoma Mountain have opened. All others closed. See Park List for closures.
Sonoma County centralized information for recovery: Recover
Scope: 6492 homes and businesses in Santa Rosa destroyed. More damaged. Forty dead. 23 here. 220,000 acres from all the Northern California Fires. 110,000 of those acres here. Current status of fires here. (Last updated October 30th). We now have 100% containment on all fires.
Kaiser Hospital evacuated patients in the early Monday morning hours surrounded by fire. Kaiser and Sutter Hospital are now open.