Firewatch
For Immediate Release

Sonoma County Update on Multiple Fires

Santa Rosa, CA  –  October 10, 2017 at 10:06 PM  –  Emergency response agencies throughout Sonoma County continue to fight numerous fires in the County. The County’s Emergency Operations Center remains active and is staffed around the clock.

As of 6:46pm, CalFire released information that 27,000 acres have burned, 16,000 structures have been threatened, and 571 structures have been destroyed (550 residential, 21 commercial). There are 11 confirmed fatalities from the emergency.

Current Evacuations:

Mandatory Evacuation Information is available online at www.sonomacounty.ca.gov. Emergency Responders are actively performing safety assessments of burned areas to determine when evacuation orders will be lifted. The Sheriff has ordered all residents to remain out of mandatory emergency evacuation areas.

Looting and other crime will not be tolerated. Law enforcement will maintain a heavy presence in evacuated areas to assist people and protect property. All looters will be arrested. Approximately 100 Deputies and 213 Law Enforcement Officers from Bay Area agencies are conducting evacuations in the Sonoma Valley and high visibility patrol’s in Mark West Springs, and City of Sonoma.

The evacuation order for Forestville Area to include, Guerneville Road, Highway 116 North, Mirabel Road, Laguna Road and Olivet Road has been lifted. All other mandatory evacuations remain in place.

Evacuations Centers:

Evacuation Centers are open throughout Sonoma County. An updated list can be found at http://sonomacounty.ca.gov/. Sonoma County has four evacuation centers with enhanced services, including Mental Health services. These include Sonoma Marin fairgrounds, Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Elsie Allen High School, and the Santa Rosa Veterans Building. These centers are being prioritized for deliveries of cots, blankets, sheets, towels, and other resources for evacuees. We are encouraging evacuees in need of sheltering to go to these evacuation centers first.

Evacuation Centers are not checking immigration status – they are open to welcome and keep all members of our community safe.

Returning to Evacuated Areas:

Sonoma County is coordinating with CalFire to determine when it is safe to return to evacuate areas. While evacuation orders remain in effect, areas are unsafe. Do not enter road that is closed or attempt to return to your home before evacuation orders are lifted. Entering these areas are dangerous and may result in injury and require
emergency resources to be pulled away from responding to this emergency.

Fire Updates:

CalFire will be releasing information at 7:00am and 7:00pm each day at http://www.fire.ca.gov/. A map of areas that have burned and current fire perimeters is available at: https://goo.gl/kYyx7h.

Missing People:

Residents can register that they are safe, and loved ones can look for someone who has registered themselves as safe on the American Red Cross site https://safeandwell.org/. Call (707) 565-3856 to report a missing person.

Power Outage Information:

PG&E is actively working to both restore power and gas where safe to do so and to deactivate power from some areas to assist with firefighting efforts. To see areas with no power visit https://m.pge.com/#outages

Animals:

A number of local animal shelters are accepting small pets and large animals can be taken to Santa Rosa Fairgrounds, Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds, and the Cloverdale Citrus Fair. If you need sheltering for your large animals or have a shelter location please call Sonoma County Animal Services at (707) 565-7100. If you are in need of supplies or have donations to give please call animal services. Animal Services is adding a group on Facebook so that community members can report lost and found animals.

Medications:

Many healthcare agencies, including pharmacies, are operational in our county. In addition, during this emergency, pharmacies are authorized to refill prescriptions without renewed contact with your physician. In addition, for new health needs, we encourage people to contact their primary care provider. Available pharmacies can be found here: http://sonomacounty.ca.gov/Public-Safety/News/Medication-Needs-During-This-Emergency/

Air Quality:

Stay inside as much as possible to avoid breathing smoke particles.

Damage Assessments:

Sonoma County has requested damage assessment teams to fully account for the number and types of damaged and destroyed structures. We anticipate this will take several days. In the coming days we will be providing additional information for residents who have lost their homes or businesses.

Transportation and Roads:

Please continue to stay off the roads unless necessary, to allow access for public safety. If you need to drive, please proceed with caution. If you experience signal light outages, please proceed as a four-way stop.

Sonoma County Transit have restored service and will operate their Saturday schedule starting Wednesday, depending on road conditions. Visit http://sctransit.com/ for updates. Sonoma County Department of Transportation and Public Works Road conditions website at http://roadconditions.sonoma-county.org/. Santa Rosa CityBus is also operating on Saturday schedule with no service in affected areas, information can found at https://www.srcity.org/1661/Maps-and-Schedules. California Highway Patrol has additional information on roads at https://www.chp.ca.gov/traffic

Boil Water Notices:

State Water Resources Control Board and local agencies have issued Boil Water and Do Not Drink Water notices.

  • The following Boil Water notices were issued related to the fires:
    • City of Santa Rosa, Fountain Grove neighborhood
    • Lawndale Mutual Water Company, Kenwood, 66 connections
  • The following Do Not Drink Water notices were issued related to the fires:
    • California American Water, Larkfield 2,359 connections
    • Kenwood Village Water Company, Kenwood, 307 connections

Prescription Information:

In an effort to ensure residents can meet their medical needs, open pharmacies have the option to assist with filling prescriptions. Residents who: evacuated without bringing their medication; typically visit a pharmacy that is closed; or do not have a refill and annot contact their doctor, can refill vital prescriptions at participating pharmacies. Visit http://sonomacounty.ca.gov/Public-Safety/Latest-News/ for an updated list of open pharmacies.

Donations:

The Sonoma County community has demonstrated great generosity with requests to donate goods. Due to the many unknowns we would encourage waiting for an assessment of need to be completed, or making a financial donation. The local Red Cross region is accepting financial donations, and the Redwood Credit Union is setting up a local donation system.

School Closures:

Many schools are closed this week. School closure information can be found at Sonoma County Office of Education website: http://www.scoe.org/

Where to Get Information:

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Contact Information

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

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