Released by: Office of Recovery and Resiliency
For Immediate Release

County, City to Observe One-Year Anniversary of Wildfires

Santa Rosa, CA  –  September 20, 2018  –  The County of Sonoma and City of Santa Rosa will hold a ceremony on October 8, 2018 in observance of the one year anniversary of the Sonoma Complex fires. The ceremony will include a memorial bell ringing to remember those who lost their lives in the fires and provide an opportunity for community grieving, healing and reflection through public chalk art expression. The chalk art will continue on October 9th.

The community is invited to the ceremony which will be held in downtown Santa Rosa at Courthouse Square. Schedule is as follows:

Monday, October 8, 2018

4:00 - 8:00 PM

  • Chalk available for public art expression. Chalk art will be encouraged on sidewalks around Courthouse Square.

6:00 PM

  • Ceremony
  • Reading by Sonoma County Poet Laureate, Maya Khosla
  • Firefighter memorial bell ringing

Tuesday, October 9

10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

  • Continuation of public chalk art expression

Additional remembrance events are being planned throughout Sonoma County by other community organizations. For a listing of those events, please visit


Contact Information

Paul Gullixson
Communications Manager
County Administrator's Office
County of Sonoma
575 Administration Drive
Suite 104A
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.464665, -122.725235