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.

Inside the Glen Ellen containment area - (PHOTOS)

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

New reader photos from the weekend

Share more photos by emailing lorna.sheridan@sonomanews.com.

Resource guide: Where you can get and provide help in Sonoma Valley

Help is here...

Power returns to the Valley

While electricity is back on, gas restoration will take longer

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

Sonoma High, a harbor in the firestorm

Gym, Golton Hall, library turned into makeshift dormitories

The week Sonoma burned

Evacuations ensue – while residents face a harrowing choice: stay or flee

Lovall Valley Road residents evacuated (Photo Gallery)

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.

Fire photos taken by Sonoma Valley residents

We welcome more photos to share with the community.

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

Wind-whipped fires break out across Sonoma County

Multiple homes were burning in Santa Rosa and the Sonoma Valley as wind-whipped fires spread through the area. Kenwood, Glen Ellen of "great concern," says McGuire.

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