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Old 10-09-2017, 10:19 AM
 
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I know we have a couple of posters who live in Napa and near Santa Rosa. I hope you guys are all OK. The fire situation there looks horrible.

Governor declares emergency as wildfires ravage Sonoma and Napa counties, forcing mass evacuations in wine country - LA Times

We have elderly relatives who live on the eastern edge of Santa Rosa. We have been trying to contact them all morning to make sure they are OK but all we get is a busy signal. They only have a landline. If anyone is near that area and reading this, are the phones all down or jammed up from people (like us) trying to get through? I read one report that electricity is also out in most of Santa Rosa.

In any case, sending positive thoughts out to all affected by this fire.
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Old 10-09-2017, 11:02 AM
 
Location: State of Transition
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It kind of makes me ill to think of the people who came here for relocation advice the last couple of years, and Santa Rosa was recommended. I can't imagine what a job it was to evacuate two entire hospitals. How do you transport that many people, in their hospital beds?! Where were they taken? There are going to be more fires like this in the future, unless the state gets more rain.
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Old 10-09-2017, 11:24 AM
 
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We finally were able to get word on our elderly relatives in Santa Rosa. They've been evacuated and are at a friend's house. The fire is burning very close to their home, so they are very worried. We're relieved that they are OK. They mentioned that several stores, including a Kmart have burned in Santa Rosa close to the 101.
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Old 10-09-2017, 11:31 AM
 
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I just talked with someone whose grandfather was in one of the hospitals in Santa Rosa. He was evacuated to UCSF - exactly how she didn't say and I didn't think to ask.

Nevada and Yuba Counties are being hit hard, too. I also heard of a fire in Butte County. All the websites are jammed and it's tough to get information so I imagine the landlines are impacted too. The CalFire incident website is jammed up. The local radio stations are trying to do what they can - I don't know the call letters for the Santa Rosa station but it might be worth investigating. Or maybe any of the SF radio stations.

Here's a link to SFGate, the San Francisco Chronicle's website. It has a ton of information.

SFGATE: San Francisco Bay Area - News, Bay Area news, Sports, Business, Entertainment, Classifieds - SFGate

I'm in Placer County and was formerly a Certified Disaster Service Worker working with livestock. I hate this time of year! Hoping and praying for an early and wet winter.

If I learn anything more, I'll update.

Best of luck to everyone out there.
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Old 10-09-2017, 11:54 AM
 
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AP is reporting that a Cal Fire Official says at least 1500 structures, including homes and businesses, have burned so far in these fires. Zero percent containment in all of the fires.

In Santa Rosa, multiple stores have also burned, including a Kmart. They have just issued new evacuations in the city of Santa Rosa. Basically, all of Santa Rosa east of the 101 is evacuated, and some parts west of it too. Hwy 101 is closed in Santa Rosa.

There are apparently at least six major fires burning in Napa, Sonoma, Lake, and Mendocino Counties.

Apparently in Napa County they had to evacuate some people last night by helicopter. Scary stuff.


Decent live reporting available here: http://www.ktvu.com/news/evacuations...-bay-wildfires

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Old 10-09-2017, 01:25 PM
 
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My sister lost her home. I am heart broken. They bought and spent tremendous effort renovating it over the last two years.

They are safe with their pets.

Is anyone aware of FEMA assistance?

It was really unbelievable, this went through residential neighborhoods.
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Old 10-09-2017, 01:30 PM
 
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Mikala, I am so sorry about your sisters home, but glad she & her pets are safe.
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Old 10-09-2017, 01:38 PM
 
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On another forum I'm on, one of our members had to evacuate. She has three Maine Coon cats that are the love of her life and she was able to find only two of them before she had to leave.

The winds up there are supposed to be absolutely fierce - 50 mph or more. Someone else said a wildlife refuge had to evacuate and all the employees had time to do was open the gates to let the animals out.

I was just reading yesterday about how the summer heat hit so many of the wineries and cut into production there. And now there's a fire just wiping them out.

I wonder how many people are thinking of the Oakland fire as they try to evacuate by car? That has to be the scariest thing.

I hope someone isn't setting these fires. It just makes me sick to think that might be the case though.

To everyone who lives in that area, if you read this, please heed evacuation orders and please, please be safe. Remember, you can replace buildings and property, you can't replace lives.
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Old 10-09-2017, 01:43 PM
 
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My sister lost her home. I am heart broken. They bought and spent tremendous effort renovating it over the last two years.

They are safe with their pets.

Is anyone aware of FEMA assistance?

It was really unbelievable, this went through residential neighborhoods.
I am so sorry. That is just horrible. I was just watching video of the neighborhood where half of it was burned down and yet across the street the other half is fine. Incredible. The best thing is that they evacuated in time.

I don't know enough about FEMA assistance to offer any help. But I do know that various agencies set up at a local location so that those with a loss can take care of their business right there.

I'm on the flight path of the fire planes which refuel at McClellan. It's been a constant stream of planes all morning.
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Old 10-09-2017, 01:48 PM
 
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On another forum I'm on, one of our members had to evacuate. She has three Maine Coon cats that are the love of her life and she was able to find only two of them before she had to leave.

The winds up there are supposed to be absolutely fierce - 50 mph or more. Someone else said a wildlife refuge had to evacuate and all the employees had time to do was open the gates to let the animals out.

I was just reading yesterday about how the summer heat hit so many of the wineries and cut into production there. And now there's a fire just wiping them out.

I wonder how many people are thinking of the Oakland fire as they try to evacuate by car? That has to be the scariest thing.

I hope someone isn't setting these fires. It just makes me sick to think that might be the case though.

To everyone who lives in that area, if you read this, please heed evacuation orders and please, please be safe. Remember, you can replace buildings and property, you can't replace lives.


Yes, evacuating is not an option! If they say go, go and go now. My uncle refused to leave during the Cedar Fire in San Diego in 2003. Eventually CalFire had to escort him out when they had to leave (they were staged in his driveway) as the fire was so close. His home burned to the ground and he lost one of his dogs as they could only find two of the three. He was going to go down with the ship if CalFire hadn't stepped in. It's not worth it - in the end it's all "stuff", sentimental or not.
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