Santa Rosa, CA – September 14, 2015 – Emergency response agencies throughout Sonoma County are currently monitoring the Valley Fire, which began in Lake County at approximately 1:30pm on Saturday and crossed into Sonoma County on Sunday morning. The impacted region of Sonoma County is the Geysers area near the Lake County border and the Big Sulphur Creek drainage. The fire spread further into Sonoma County last night, and fire boundaries have been set north of Knights Valley and east of Alexander Valley. The Valley Fire has burned 61,000 acres, is 5% contained, and 1,255 fire personnel from across the state are involved in the response. The public is advised to avoid the area in order to facilitate emergency response.
Advisory evacuations were ordered by CAL FIRE for the following locations:
- Pine Flat Road, addresses 5000 and above
- Geysers Road out of Healdsburg, addresses 6000 and above
- Geysers Road out of Geyserville, addresses 9400 and above
Advisory evacuations notify residents that existing conditions dictate that a Mandatory Evacuation Order may be given in the near future, but that the threat to lives is not yet imminent. Due to the potential for rapidly changing conditions to develop into a serious threat, residents who are included in an advisory evacuation order should prepare to evacuate, and those with special evacuation needs should leave as soon as possible.
Residents in the surrounding area are urged to stay vigilant, and prepare for possible evacuation. It is recommended that all residents prioritize their personal safety, and do not wait for an evacuation notification if they feel that their safety is at risk.
Soft Road Closures
Soft road closures were ordered for the following locations:
- Geysers Road at Red Winery Road
- Geysers Road at River Road east of Cloverdale
- Pine Flat Road at Red Winery Road
- Ida Clayton Road at Hwy 128
Soft road closures allow those with residences or businesses in the area to access them, but prevent others from entering the impacted area. Any individuals who choose to enter the area are encouraged to use caution if they decide to access the area.
Supporting Lake County Disaster Response
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. A Task Force consisting of equipment and personnel from Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park, Valley Ford, Cloverdale, Windsor, Rincon Valley and Geyserville has formed, and is performing wildland fire operations and structure protection in the Geysers area as of yesterday afternoon. 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 to support ongoing efforts by Sonoma County agencies responding to the Valley Fire.
Respiratory Health Concerns
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.
Checking on Impacted Residents
The Red Cross has set up evacuation centers in response to the Valley Fire.
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
How You Can Help
Donations to the Red Cross can be made at
Senator Mike McGuire, the Redwood Credit Union, and The Press Democrat have also launched a donation drive to help fire victims. There are several ways to give:
- Drop off a check this afternoon at the Lake County Fire Victim Donation Drive-Up between 5:30pm and 6:30pm at:
Rattigan State Building
50 D Street
- Donate online at:
- Make a check payable to Redwood Credit Union to:
RCU Lake County Fire Relief, c/o Redwood Credit Union, P.O. Box 6104, Santa Rosa, CA 95406
More information can be obtained from the following contact areas:
Sonoma County 2-1-1
Sonoma County 2-1-1 is operating as an information line and is serving Lake County as well:
Fire Donations / Volunteering