Due to a perfect storm of weather and wind, historic wildfires began on the evening of October 8, 2017, along the border of Sonoma and Napa County. While most residents headed for bed to start a new week, the fires spread across the night like paint, turning the dark sky into a bright orange, yellow, and red. By Monday morning of October 9, the fire had reached apocalyptic levels. By the middle of the week, over 100,000 people were displaced and some parts of Santa Rosa were unrecognizable. 6800 structures, at least 23 lives, and more than 3 billion dollars in property were lost forever.
Even through this unprecedented tragedy, Sonoma County residents and the greater Bay Area came together to clothe, feed, shelter, and comfort each other. Churches, nonprofits, government agencies, and regular people all proved that together, we can get through anything.
SRSDA has been a part of Santa Rosa for almost 150 years, helping and nurturing the community, and they continue to be an important part of this story. When you donate to the Wildfire Storm Fund, you are directly helping schools, families, and individuals rebuild their lives in Santa Rosa.