Homeowner Phil Rush looks at the remains of his home destroyed by wildfire in Santa Rosa, California, on October 11, 2017. Rush said he and his wife and dog escaped with only their medication, a bag of dog food when flames overtook their entire neighborhood on October 9.

Twenty-one fires are now burning in Northern California and authorities worry that high winds on Wednesday night and Thursday morning will further spread destruction. On Wednesday officials issued a mandatory evacuation for Calistoga. Forum brings you an update on the status of the fires in Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and other Northern California counties affected by the fires and how those communities are coping.

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Mandatory Evacuations Expand as Fires Continue to Spread in Northern California 12 October,2017Michael Krasny

Daniel Berlant, chief of public information, Cal Fire
Carrie Feibel, health editor, KQED
Ted Goldberg, morning editor, KQED News
Mina Kim, reporter, KQED News
Sukey Lewis, criminal justice reporter, KQED
John Sepulvado, host, California report


    Sunday night it was one of the windiest night we had for very long time, in fact I had hard time sleeping the whole night from extreme noise and rumpling of the wind, that was the night when these disaster fires started, some including myself as a scientist strongly believe that sparking falling high voltage wires and the resulting explosions of PG&E transformers may have been the cause of starting the now out of control horrendous fires across the North Bay,,,,,,If in fact that the I call on the cities, counties, and ,state officials to demand from PG&E immediately have all of their high voltage cables and transformers to be buried underground, specially in high brush, and forests, as well as heavily populated area, and cities , that may cost lots of money, but if you count the horrible death of so many innocent people, and the loss of billions of dollars, in this case alone, that would be worth it………We all remember the very sad case with the loss of many lives, property, and millions of dollars that was result from PG& criminal negligence, where they always put their shareholders, and profits far ahead of the safety of their customers.

  • De Blo

    There were new mandatory and advisory evacuations last night in parts of Sonoma Valley from LNU complex fire.

  • loujudson

    Just a momentary light comment amongst all the serious diaster: it was good to hear John Sepulveda on BBC last night – and the unflappable BBC announcer introducing him “from Castiloga California” I wonder if they had a typo, or just an unfamiliar name for him.

    Thanks for the serious and excellent reporting, all at KQED!

  • Steve

    Could someone explain the recommendation to stay indoors because of bad air quality? How does this help if you are not in a building with some kind of filtered ventilation or air conditioning system?

    • De Blo

      On a related note, is it recommended to turn on one’s air conditioning? The AC filters the air, but it pulls in smoky outside air and seems it is probably better to not turn on the AC and draw in dirty outside air.

  • Jim

    Re: Ensuring your air conditioner is on recirculate:

    Most central A/C units ONLY recirculate. A few newer A/C units can bring in outside air, but this is not common. If your A/C filter is easily access via your cold air return, it is almost certainly recirculating.


Michael Krasny

Michael Krasny, PhD, has been in broadcast journalism since 1983. He was with ABC in both radio and television and migrated to public broadcasting in 1993. He has been Professor of English at San Francisco State University and also taught at Stanford, the University of San Francisco and the University of California, as well as in the Fulbright International Institutes. A veteran interviewer for the nationally broadcast City Arts and Lectures, he is the author of a number of books, including “Off Mike: A Memoir of Talk Radio and Literary Life” (Stanford University Press) “Spiritual Envy” (New World); “Sound Ideas” (with M.E. Sokolik/ McGraw-Hill); “Let There Be Laughter” (Harper-Collins) as well as the twenty-four lecture series in DVD, audio and book, “Short Story Masterpieces” (The Teaching Company). He has interviewed many of the world’s leading political, cultural, literary, science and technology figures, as well as major figures from the world of entertainment. He is the recipient of many awards and honors including the S.Y. Agnon Medal for Intellectual Achievement; The Eugene Block Award for Human Rights Journalism; the James Madison Freedom of Information Award; the Excellence in Journalism Award from the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association; Career Achievement Award from the Society of Professional Journalists and an award from the Radio and Television News Directors Association. He holds a B.A. (cum laude) and M.A. from Ohio University and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin.

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