For Immediate Release

Sonoma County Update on Multiple Fires

Santa Rosa, CA  –  October 10, 2017 at 11:53 AM  –  Multiple public agencies are closed for tomorrow, including the Sonoma County Courts, all public schools and libraries. The Emergency Operations Center has received over 100 phone calls to the missing person hotline. Seven fire related fatalities were confirmed by the Sonoma County Coroner’s Office. Mandatory evacuations are still in effect for parts of Sonoma County. Twenty four evacuation centers are open to the public. Evacuation orders remain in effect and many areas remain unsafe. Do not enter a road that is closed or attempt to return to your home before evacuation orders are issued.

Do not call 911 for general information. Only call for an emergency including unattended, active flames and life threatening emergencies. Please keep these lines open for emergency responders. If you are in a safe place and not in a mandatory evacuation area, please stay in place and keep roads available for emergency personnel.

Due to significant smoke in the region, please stay indoors as much as possible.

Evacuation Centers - Shelters throughout Sonoma County

Some evacuation centers may close throughout the day, however sheltering will be available throughout the night. Please check for updates.

Cloverdale Citrus Fairgrounds 1 Citrus Fair Dr. Cloverdale Open
Healdsburg Community Center 1557 Healdsburg Ave Healdsburg Open
1st Presbyterian Church 939 B Street Petaluma Open (Day Use Only, re-opens
at 8AM-9AM on 10/10)
Petaluma Veterans Memorial Building 1094 Petaluma Blvd South Petaluma Open
Sonoma Marin Fairgrounds 175 Fairgrounds Drive Petaluma Open
New Life Church 1310 Clegg Str. Petaluma Open
Petaluma Community Center 320 North McDowell Blvd. Petaluma Open
Casa Grande High School 333 Casa Grande Rd. Petaluma Open
Church of Christ 370 Sonoma Mountain Parkway Petaluma Open
Burton Recreation Center/RP Comm Ctr. 5401 Snyder Lane Rohnert Park Open
Sonoma County Fairgrounds Pavilion 1350 Bennett Valley Rd Santa Rosa Open
Elsie Allen High School 599 Bellevue Ave. Santa Rosa Open
Santa Rosa Veterans Building 1351 Maple Ave. Santa Rosa Open
Finley Community Center 2060 West College Ave. Santa Rosa Open
Cook Middle School 2480 Sebastopol Rd. Santa Rosa Open
Victory Outreach Church 4042 Sebastopol Rd Santa Rosa Open
Analy High School Gym 6950 Analy Ave Sebastopol Open
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church 500 Robinson Rd. Sebastopol Open
Sonoma Valley High School 20000 Broadway Sonoma Open
Windsor High School8695 Windsor Rd.Windsor Open
St Eugene's Cathedral School/Gym 300 Farmers Lane Santa Rosa Open 
Sonoma Veterans Bldg126 1st St WestSonomaOpen 
Adele Harrison Middle School1150 BroadwaySonomaOpen 
Hessel Church5060 Hessel AveSebastopolOpen
Sonoma Raceway29355 Arnold Dr. SonomaOpen


  • Large Animals can be taken to Santa Rosa Fairgrounds (1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa), Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds (175 Fairgrounds Drive, Petaluma), and Cloverdale Citrus Fair (1 Citrus Fair Drive).

Where to Get Information

  • Sonoma County Facebook:
  • Sonoma County Twitter:
  • Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office Nixle:
  • To get Nixle messages, text your zip code to 888777
  • SoCoAlert
  • Residents and businesses are encouraged to sign up for SoCoAlert to receive local emergency alerts and warnings. Emergency officials use the SoCoAlert Emergency Notification System to deliver incident-specific information or life-saving instructions to the precise geographic area(s) affected. This service is free, secure, reliable, and easy to use. SoCoAlert notifications may be sent via text, email, voice, Web, and social media. To register, please go to and click on the "Sign Up Today" link.

Air Quality

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. 

Major Evacuated Sites

  • A number of larger community sites have been evacuated, including: Valley of the Moon’s Children Home, the Los Guilicos Juvenile Detention Center, Sonoma Developmental Center, and Kaiser and Sutter Hospitals.


  • If you need personal transportation, we encourage you to use taxis or ride share companies like Uber and Lyft, or ride with neighbors who have reliable transportation.

Power Outage Information

  • PG&E is actively working to both restore power and gas where safe to do so and to de-activate power from some areas to assist with firefighting efforts.
  • PG&E website:
  • Crews will be working 24/7 to support first responders and customers.
  • In some cases, PG&E proactively de-energized some power lines to support the response efforts.  In other cases, fire has damaged electric and gas facilities.
  • Sonoma County has 51,000 customers affected.
  • PG&E has turned off gas service to approximately 26,000 customers in Santa Rosa, Yountville, Napa and Kenwood. Additionally, another 4,000 customers in the Willits to Calpella area were shut in. We took this action with safety first in mind to protect our gas assets in and around the fire-impacted areas.  

School Closures

  • Sonoma County Office of Education website:
    • All Sonoma County public schools are now closed for Tuesday, Oct. 10

Roads / Traffic Information

Missing People

  • on the American Red Cross site allows you to register that you’re safe and if you’re looking for someone
  • Mark Yourself Safe on Facebook
  • Call 707-565-3856 to file a missing person report

Volunteer / Donation Information

  • The Red Cross is coordinating volunteers. If you would like to volunteer please call 707-577-7600 or visit
  • Please know that the Red Cross may not be able to respond to your offer right away due to an influx of offers.
  • The Red Cross can also coordinate donations. While we greatly appreciate the generosity of our Sonoma County community, due to the many unknowns at this point we would encourage either financial donations or waiting for an assessment of need to be completed. We will share information about specific needs as they arise through our Facebook page. 


  • If residents did not bring you medications with you when you evacuated, contact a nurse or American Red Cross personnel at the shelter to coordinate with a local pharmacy. 


The County of Sonoma is comprised of 27 departments and agencies that provide a full range of services to the community. It encompasses over 1600 square miles and is home to almost 500,000 residents. Sonoma County government has a history of providing excellent and responsive public service while operating under sound fiscal principles.

Located less than one hour north of San Francisco, Sonoma County combines in one location the beautiful Pacific coastline, award-winning wineries, majestic redwoods, historic towns, fine dining, and a wide variety of entertainment and cultural activities


Contact Information

Sonoma Fires: Central LNU Complex

Joint Information Center