Sonoma County Fires
Mayacamas neighborhood recovers from devastation
Nearly a third of the 150 homes built along the Mayacamas ridgeline that separates Sonoma from Napa County were burned in the October wildfires.
North Bay fire cleanup complete
The effort was the largest debris removal project in the California since the 1906 earthquake.
Cal Fire: PG&E equipment caused 12 Northern California fires
Cal Fire investigators determined PG&E electrical equipment and infrastructure caused 12 different fires during the October firestorm.
Starting over in Sonoma Valley a slow process after fires
Ramona Nicholson lost her family home, her father’s house, her treasured Corvette convertible, 10 other small buildings and several rail cars on the first night of the fires.
Santa Rosa police video from October’s wildfires captures horror, heroism
Police body-camera footage obtained by The Mercury News shows Santa Rosa police officers running door-to-door, urging people to flee as flames approach.
Poll finds most people didn’t get official fire warnings
Most of those warned of the firestorm found out from friends, family members and neighbors, according to The Press Democrat Poll.
For some Valley fire survivors, recovery comes with a ‘for sale’ sign
The Army Corps has completed 100 percent of major debris removal in Glen Ellen, Kenwood and the greater Sonoma Valley, where more lots are now going up for sale. Some fire survivors are finding that a sale is the easiest path forward.
Sonoma Valley off to slow start after fires
Altogether, Sonoma Valley lost more than 400 homes in Octobers fires, many in Glen Ellen where locals are eager to get to work.
Wildfire's impact on Sonoma wine industry
“The most significant impact on the North Coast wine industry was an immediate and temporary slow-down of visitors to the region,” said Honore Comfort, SSU Wine Business Executive in Residence.
County to sue PG&E over wildfires
PG&E, the dominant utility across Northern California, now faces a widening legal battle over its alleged connection with the fires.
Sonoma Gives: Spared major damage, Glen Ellen inn owners give back
Without the heroics of firefighters and friends, Glen Ellen's Beltane Ranch would be ash, so owners transformed their annual November zinfandel release party into a community love fest.
Study to focus on post-Sonoma County fire pollution
Researchers are looking for markers in the ash and air that might predict toxicity and health effects.
In Glen Ellen, Army vet found his longtime retreat at end of the road
A strapping man who loved nature and working on his 40-acre property on Cavedale Road overlooking Sonoma Valley, Lee Chadwick Rogers was a local fire victim.
Video shows Sonoma Valley Regional Park before, during, after Nuns Fire
The images were captured on a wildlife camera by Sonoma County Regional Parks and shared on Facebook.
Cal Fire captain’s plan saved more than 2,500 homes
As the flames flared through Agua Caliente, Glen Ellen Cal Fire Capt. Sean Jerry studied the situation and said, “OK, this is what we’re going to do.”
Sonoma to gather for gratitude and light
Annual Plaza event expanded to include recognition, ‘gratitude’ in wake of fires; begins 4 p.m. Saturday.
Rain raises flooding, slide concerns
Efforts to stabilize the fire-scarred landscape against rain kicked into high gear Wednesday as a storm arrived in the region, raising the risk of mudslides, flash flooding and fallen trees.
Visitors Bureau crafts tourism recovery plan after fires
The bureau hopes a go-big-or-go-home campaign funded by Sonoma Tourism Improvement District will help draw tourists back to the Sonoma Valley following recent fires.
Fires claim 60 of local beekeeper’s sweetest hives
During the chaotic weeks of the Wine Country wildfires, sixty of Hector Alvarez’s beehives went up in smoke.
New data show Sonoma County fire damage by community
Countywide, the wildfires destroyed 6,600 structures, including 5,130 homes, according to Cal Fire.
Number of PG&E fire lawsuits growing
A Kenwood woman was the first, but now lawyers say more than 100 people are suing the utility over fire-related damage, and the number could reach thousands.
Rain on the way spurs concern about water contamination from toxic ash
A coordinated effort is underway to prevent potentially toxic ash from burned lots from washing into local watersheds.
Fires now costliest in US history
The total of insured losses from Sonoma County alone has totaled $2.8 billion so far, surpassing the 1991 Oakland Hills fire, according to the Insurance Information Institute.
99 percent containment on Sonoma County fires
'We have people out, crews are out on the line, doing mop up, checking for hot spots, securing the lines,' said Cal Fire’s Will Powers.
How wind-whipped fire hit, missed Sonoma County Parks
Tens of thousands of acres of wildlands and interface areas were blackened this past week and some are still burning, but there was also some good news on park lands that so far, have escaped unscathed.
Firefighters gain upper hand as region turns toward recovery
The progress comes nine days into the firefight across Napa and Sonoma counties, where separate infernos have charred almost 103,000 acres.
Aerial post-fire interactive map
An aerial interactive map of Sonoma Valley. It is possible to zoom in on specific streets to see fire damage and to compare before and after images.
Sonoma Valley closes last evacuation center
High school evacuees were ressasigned to Red Cross centers elsewhere.
Faith grows stronger in local churches in the face of adversity
Sunday’s church gatherings included a citywide prayer service in Santa Rosa, led by those who lost homes.
Schools schools assess damage and prepare to reopen
SHVS transitions from evacuation center back to education center
The fight to save Buena Vista Winery
Photos of wildfires on Saturday, Oct. 14 in Sonoma, Lake, Mendocino and Napa counties.
Return to normalcy seems distant in fire-ravaged Sonoma Valley
Dozens of homes and structures have been lost and landscapes distorted. With evacuation orders still in effect for much of the Sonoma Valley, it’s a new reality relatively few have yet witnessed.
Fire burns homes outside Sonoma but winds subside
Strong winds early Saturday fanned flames outside Sonoma, burning several homes on the eastern edge of the city.
Updates: Fires in east Sonoma contained in day-long struggle
A day of fighting fires in east Sonoma, deer running down the streets and distracted drivers.
High winds threaten progress against Sonoma County wildfires
Rising winds fanned the wildfires again Saturday, forcing hundreds more people to flee from their homes in Sonoma and east Santa Rosa.
Sonoma: ‘It’s like a ghost town here’
Thousands of Sonoma Valley residents wait, and watch, the nearby fires.
Structures burn on Castle Road as winds push fire toward City of Sonoma
Update on the latest evacuations and the structure fires on Castle Road.
Shaken residents pack impromptu town hall meeting
Fire officials, civic leaders try to inform, assuage fears about devastating fires
Recovery plans for Sonoma and beyond already underway
Efforts to recover and rebuild already underway
Sonoma parks: ‘Scorched earth and baked soil’
Fire wallops Bouverie, singes Sugarloaf, spares Quarryhill, Jack London
Red flag warning issued for Sonoma, Napa county hills
Winds as high as 30 mph are expected later today.
Evacuation update: Mandatory evacuation of eastern Sonoma now includes north of East Napa Street
Residents of Castle Road and Seventh Street East, north of Lovall Valley Road told to leave
Smoky air dirtiest ever recorded in Sonoma County, but winds returning
Sonoma County remained cloaked in the dirtiest air ever recorded in the region for the third straight day Wednesday, the result of smoke-belching fires that threatened to expand as dangerously strong winds return to the area.
Map shows voluntary and mandatory evacuation areas in Sonoma Valley
Portions in yellow are voluntary; orange is mandatory
Voluntary evacuation advisory issued for City of Sonoma
Precautionary measure at the moment; mandatory evacuation still in the cards
Update: Evacuation advised for Springs, northern Sonoma
The Sonoma County Sheriff has just issued an advisory evacuation for most of Boyes Hot Springs and the north side of Sonoma.
Susan Gorin's home lost in Oakmont fire
Supervisor’s abode one of only two Oakmont homes lost when fire crested ridge of Annadel
Owner saves Safari West with hose
Peter Lang, 77, faced a choice between saving his home or the animals at Safari West from the Tubbs fire.
Sonoma Raceway opens for fire evacuees
The Raceway’s 50 Acre campground can handle 2,000, has RV hookups for fire evacuees.
Death toll rises in fires
The number of people who have died in North Coast wildfires has risen to 15, including 9 fatalities from the Tubbs fire burning in Santa Rosa and greater Sonoma County.
Vintners scramble as wildfires erupt along the North Coast
Prime growing regions such as Carneros and the Sonoma Valley in Sonoma County and the Silverado Trail in Napa County were affected.
Safe harbors open for Valley evacuees
Sonoma Valley High, Vet's Building, other area schools serving as evacuation centers
Area fires still burning out of control
Firefighters made a stand early Tuesday along an Oakmont road, holding back flames spreading from nearby Trione‑Annadel State Park to homes.
Brown declares state of emergency for Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties
Gov. Brown has declared a state of emergency in Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties because of wildfires that the governor says are threatening thousands of homes.
Supplies needed to aid Sonoma fire refugees
You probably have something they need: here’s an updated list, as of 8:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, of what is still needed.
City of Sonoma recommendation for evacuation lifted
From Napa Street to north of the city limits; lifted at 4 p.m.
Heavy wildfire smoke blankets Bay Area prompting air quality warnings
Heavy smoke from wildfires prompted a smoke advisory throughout the Bay Area, with air quality readings in some areas well above the level considered “very unhealthy.”
Updated Sonoma Valley maps shows active fire areas
Maps of the Central LNU Complex fire incident, Oct. 9 - 17, 2017.
Reader-submitted photos of Sonoma, Napa fires
Readers share devastating photos from the fires burning around Wine Country.
Evacuation orders and where to find shelters in Sonoma Valley
City of Sonoma evacuation centers at the High School and Prestwood Elementary; Altimira is also being used for evacuees from SDC.
Fires scorch Sonoma Valley
Windswept blazes decimate thousands of acres across county; hundreds evacuated in Sonoma alone