Sonoma County Recovers

News & Press Releases

As the thousands of firefighters and emergency responders have returned home, our attention now turns to rebuilding our beautiful County.

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  • Published on May 14, 2018

    The County of Sonoma and the City of Santa Rosa in partnership with the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) have committed to addressing over excavation issues that occurred as a result of the government-sponsored debris removal program after the October 2017 wildfires. Cal OES will work in coordination with the County of Sonoma and City of Santa Rosa to examine sites of concern and determine if over excavation occurred.

  • Published on March 12, 2018

    The County of Sonoma encourages residents rebuilding from the October 2017 wildfires to bring their questions to a Rebuilding Community Meeting on Wednesday, March 21, 2018.

  • Published on February 25, 2018
    Cal OES has conducted a high-level, independent assessment of Sonoma County’s emergency notification process and response to the October 2017 devastating wildfires.

  • Published on February 21, 2018

    The County of Sonoma encourages residents rebuilding from the October 2017 wildfires to bring their questions to a Rebuilding Community Meeting on Wednesday, February 28, 2018, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Altimira Middle School located at 17805 Arnold Drive, Sonoma. 

  • Published on February 14, 2018

    The County of Sonoma and City of Santa Rosa have set April 9, 2018 as the deadline for completion of private fire debris cleanup. 

  • Published on February 14, 2018
    Sonoma County Board of Supervisors members, Shirlee Zane and Lynda Hopkins, with special guest Congressman Mike Thompson, invite all community members to attend the Mental Health Resiliency Forum on Thursday, February 22nd.
  • Published on January 29, 2018
    The County of Sonoma is establishing a Resiliency Permit Center exclusively dedicated to assist survivors of the fires rebuild. The center, which will open on February 13, 2018 will accelerate the permitting process for home owners of the approximately 3,000 residential properties destroyed or damaged in unincorporated areas of Sonoma County
  • Published on January 24, 2018
    The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors invites community members to attend and provide input to guide post-fire recovery efforts at three upcoming public workshops. Each workshop will focus on a different topic, including Housing, Natural Resources, Economic Development, Health and Human Services, and Infrastructure.
  • Published on January 24, 2018
    Sonoma County Clerk, William F. Rousseau, is urging residents displaced by the October 2017 wildfires to update their mailing address with the Registrar of Voters so that they receive voting materials for upcoming elections.
  • Published on January 19, 2018
    Federal, state, and county leaders will all come together for a Recovery & Rebuilding Town Hall in Sonoma on Tuesday, January 30 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. The Town Hall will be an opportunity for residents to receive updated information on debris removal and what to expect during the rebuilding process in the months to come

  • Published on January 18, 2018
    Within seven weeks of opening its doors, the Santa Rosa’s Resilient City Permit Center has issued five residential rebuild permits with over a dozen more under review. Three of these permits include properties that were included in the Sonoma County Consolidated Fire Debris Removal Program, the government-sponsored fire debris removal program managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in coordination with the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, Federal Emergency Management Agency and local officials.
  • Published on January 11, 2018
    California Governor Jerry Brown released the proposed FY 2018-19 State budget today, which includes a number of items that support the County of Sonoma’s and City of Santa Rosa’s efforts to recover from the devastating October 2017 wildfires. Specifically, the budget designates $23.7 million to backfill property tax losses incurred by the city, county, and special districts on damaged homes and businesses.
  • Published on December 26, 2017
    The devastating October wildfires that swept through Sonoma County created a significant flood risk for people living in and nearby the burned areas until vegetation is restored. In order to help residents assess their risk and prepare for flooding, a post-fire hazard map is now available.

  • Published on December 15, 2017
    California Penal Code Section 396 generally prohibits charging a price that exceeds, by more than 10 percent, the price of an item before a state or local declaration of emergency. This law applies to those who sell food, emergency supplies, medical supplies, building materials and gasoline. The law also applies to repair or reconstruction services, emergency cleanup services, transportation, freight and storage services, hotel accommodations and rental housing.
  • Published on December 13, 2017
    The Sonoma County Water Agency (Water Agency) Board of Directors and the Board of Directors of the Sonoma Valley County Sanitation District unanimously approved an ordinance to prorate annual sewer charges for residents whose homes were damaged or destroyed in the Sonoma Complex Fires in October, 2017.
  • Published on December 7, 2017
    Sonoma County Clerk-Recorder-Assessor William F. Rousseau announced today that property owners with real property damage over $10,000 will start receiving fire damage reassessment notices over the next few weeks. The reassessment notices will be sent out in batches and the Assessor’s Office asks property owners to be patient with the process.
  • Published on December 7, 2017
    Sonoma County Clerk-Recorder-Assessor William F. Rousseau announced today that property owners with real property damage over $10,000 will start receiving fire damage reassessment notices over the next few weeks. The reassessment notices will be sent out in batches and the Assessor’s Office asks property owners to be patient with the process.
  • Published on November 30, 2017
    To provide a financial boost for those affected by the Sonoma County fires, the Chronicle Season of Sharing Fund (SOS) is offering special assistance grants to low-income residents for up to $3000.
  • Published on November 30, 2017
    Sonoma County Clerk Recorder Assessor, William F. Rousseau, announced today that properties with structures that were severely damaged by the Sonoma Complex Fires may be eligible to transfer their property tax base (Prop. 13) to a replacement property.
  • Published on November 21, 2017
    For low-income Sonoma County residents and families living paycheck to paycheck, the fires left several financial worries in their wake. For more than 2,100 households, immediate help was needed to buy enough food to feed their families.
  • Published on November 20, 2017

    Private Clean-up Application forms for County of Sonoma and City of Santa Rosa residents, whose properties were destroyed by the wildfires, are due by close of business day on Wednesday, November 22, 2017

  • Published on November 20, 2017

    The deadline to claim Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) for workers who lost wages or became unemployed due to recent fires has been extended to December 18, 2017, from November 16 by the U.S Department of Labor.

  • Published on November 14, 2017
    After some of the costliest fires in California’s history, you might not be thinking about buying flood insurance. But, the time to buy flood insurance is now.
  • Published on November 13, 2017
    A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC), jointly operated by the State of California’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), has opened in Santa Rosa to offer residents affected by the devastating October 2017 wildfires a one-stop-shop for disaster assistance.
  • Published on November 13, 2017

    This afternoon, the City of Santa Rosa provided an update on their assessment of the city’s storm drain infrastructure that was damaged in the recent fires.

  • Published on November 13, 2017

    On Sunday, November 12, 2017 the City of Santa Rosa will host a press conference on the potential impacts of incoming rain in the Fountaingrove area, and provide important information for area residents. 

  • Published on November 13, 2017

    On Saturday, Sunday and Monday, the City of Santa Rosa and County of Sonoma, in coordination with state and federal partners, will hold three resource fairs focused on debris removal.

  • Published on November 10, 2017 at 8:55 PM
    The City of Santa Rosa Water Department has issued notices to customers in select areas advising them to stop drinking tap water due to recent damage to the water system resulting from the fires. A total of 13 homes in Fountaingrove received the advisory notice after slightly elevated levels of contaminants were detected in two…
  • Published on November 10, 2017 at 8:50 PM
    The City of Santa Rosa and County of Sonoma are encouraging residents to stay alert for landslides, sinkholes, and other rain-related issues, particularly in the fire impact areas. While these warnings are typically issued during winter rain events, there are increased risks in burn areas due to high debris levels, damaged infrastructure, and missing vegetation, so enhanced awareness is critical…
  • Published on November 9, 2017 at 5:15 PM
    This weekend, the City of Santa Rosa and County of Sonoma, in coordination with state and federal partners, will hold two resource fairs focused on debris removal.
  • Published on November 9, 2017 at 5:00 PM
    The County of Sonoma and the City of Santa Rosa in partnership with FEMA are transitioning both Local Assistance Centers (LACs) located in downtown Santa Rosa and Sonoma Valley to Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) on November 12, 2017.
  • Published on November 8, 2017 at 10:00 AM

    The U.S. EPA has been alerted that people affected by the Northern California fires may be receiving fraudulent calls from individuals posing as U.S. EPA staff and asking for financial information or offering grant awards.

  • Published on November 8, 2017 at 10:00 AM
    Today, the City of Santa Rosa has lifted the access restriction to Journey’s End Mobile Home Park, located at 3575 Mendocino Avenue, now that the previously-found asbestos has been mitigated.
  • Published on November 8, 2017 at 10:00 AM

    In preparation for anticipated rain this winter, people who live in burned areas, or downhill of burned areas, should be aware of increased risks.

  • Published on November 4, 2017 at 1:30 PM
    Sonoma County residents whose properties were destroyed by the wildfires have the ability to access the government operated Sonoma County Consolidated Debris Fire Removal Program to ensure that their property is left free of hazardous waste and debris.  Residential property owners must submit a Right of Entry (ROE) form by close of business on November 13, 2017, in order to participate in the Program.
  • Published on November 4, 2017 at 1:28 PM
    Los residentes del Condado de Sonoma cuyas propiedades fueron destruidas por los incendios tienen la capacidad de acceder al Programa Consolidado de Eliminación de Escombros Incendios del Condado de Sonoma (Programa) para garantizar que sus propiedades queden libres de desechos y escombros peligrosos.
  • Published on November 3, 2017 at 6:00 PM

    The County of Sonoma and City of Santa Rosa are working with state and federal partners to provide safe, immediate, transitional, and long-term housing to assist residents who were displaced by the recent tragic fires and stabilize the immediate housing crisis faced by residents.

  • Published on November 3, 2017 at 5:58 PM
    El Condado de Sonoma y la Ciudad de Santa Rosa están trabajando con socios estatales y federales para proporcionar viviendas seguras, inmediatas, de transición y de largo plazo para ayudar a los residentes que fueron desplazados por los recientes incendios y estabilizar la crisis inmediata de
    viviendas que enfrentan los residentes.

  • Published on November 1, 2017 at 7:00 PM

    The U.S. Small Business Administration is opening a Business Recovery Center at the Sonoma County Economic Development Board on November 2, 2017.

  • Published on November 1, 2017 at 6:50 PM
    La Administración de Pequeñas Empresas de Los EE. UU. abrirá un Centro de Recuperación de Negocios el 2 de noviembre del 2017.
  • Published on November 1, 2017 at 3:55 PM

    Beginning Monday, November 6, 2017 the Sonoma County Assessor’s office will send teams of two appraisers to the affected fire areas to inspect fire damaged properties.

  • Published on November 1, 2017 at 3:50 PM
    A partir del lunes, 6 de noviembre de 2017, la Oficina del Asesor del Condado de Sonoma enviará equipos de dos tasadores a las áreas afectadas por los incendios para inspeccionar las propiedades dañadas por el fuego.
  • Published on October 31, 2017
    Al acercarse la temporada de las lluvias, numerosas agencias estatales, regionales y locales se están preparando para los impactos potenciales de los recientes incendios forestales en las comunidades urbanas y rurales.
  • Published on October 31, 2017

    As the rainy season approaches, multiple state, regional and local agencies are preparing for the potential impacts of the recent wildfires on urban and rural communities.

  • Published on October 30, 2017 at 9:15 AM
    The City of Santa Rosa is extending the controlled entry period for Fountaingrove and Coffey Park neighborhoods through Wednesday, November 1, 2017. Beginning tonight, October 27, the number of controlled entry points in each of these areas will be reduced. Residents of Coffey Park and Fountaingrove areas will still have access to their properties.
  • Published on October 28, 2017 at 4:10 PM
    En coordinación con miembros del estado y gobierno federal, el Condado de Sonoma tendrá una reunión comunitaria de 6:00 p.m. a 8:00 p.m. el día jueves 2 de noviembre.
  • Published on October 28, 2017 at 4:10 PM
    In coordination with state and federal partners, the County of Sonoma will hold a community meeting from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 2.
  • Published on October 28, 2017 at 4:00 PM
    Como parte de una colaboración continua y como respuesta a los incendios recientes la Ciudad de Santa Rosa y el Condado de Sonoma han establecido el Programa Unificado del Condado de Sonoma para la Limpieza de Escombros a causa de los Incendios (Programa) para enfocarse en la limpieza de los residuos domésticos que pueden ser nocivos y también otros desechos ocasionados por el fuego.
  • Published on October 28, 2017 at 4:00 PM
    As part of an ongoing partnership in response to the recent fires, the City of Santa Rosa and County of Sonoma have established the Sonoma County Consolidated Fire Debris Removal Program (Program) to focus on removal of household hazardous waste and other fire-related debris.
  • Published on October 27, 2017 at 7:00 AM

    Central LNU Complex incident update for the morning of October 27 on Northern California wildfires.

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