Santa Rosa, CA – September 13, 2015 – Emergency response agencies throughout Sonoma County are currently monitoring the Valley Fire taking place in Lake County. The Valley Fire originated in Cobb in the vicinity of Valley Road and Bottle Rock Road. It has burned 40,000 acres, and has spread into the Geysers area. At this time there are no threatened homes within Sonoma County.
Exposure to smoke can trigger life threatening respiratory events in people that are sensitive or who have underlying heart or lung conditions. If you see or smell smoke, keep in mind the following:
- Consider staying inside to avoid breathing smoke particles.
- Run your air conditioner, making sure to keep the fresh air intake closed and the filters clean.
- Do not run swamp coolers. They will pull smoky air in from outside.
- Masks do not protect your lungs from smoke particles.
Sonoma County is supporting the disaster response in Lake County. Two fire strike teams (each consisting of five Type 2 engines) have been deployed to Lake County, as well as some additional support vehicles. The Sheriff’s Office is providing evacuation support, and Health Services has sent Animal Services personnel to assist as well. Sonoma County has initiated a partial activation of our Emergency Operations Center to monitor the situation in Sonoma County and respond to mutual aid requests from our neighboring counties.
If you have family or friends in the impacted area, and want to check on their wellbeing, the Red Cross has a Safe and Well website that enables people to connect with their loved ones. It is located at
safeandwell.communityos.org. The Red Cross has set up evacuation centers in response to the Valley Fire. Donations to the Red Cross can be made at