an aerial view of a burned neighborhood in Santa Rosa, California

Hundreds of people in Sonoma County remained unaccounted for Wednesday as devastating wildfires continued to burn throughout the region. In Santa Rosa, as forecasts predicted high winds late Wednesday, uncontrolled flames threatened homes and businesses and forced evacuations of thousands. The fires have already destroyed entire city neighborhoods, including Coffey Park and Fountaingrove. We’ll discuss the fire’s catastrophic impact on Santa Rosa and its residents.

Chris Coursey, mayor, Santa Rosa
Ted Goldberg, morning editor, KQED News 
Gabe Meline, online editor, KQED Arts; Santa Rosa resident
Farida Jhabvala Romero, reporter, KQED News
Tara Scott, program director, Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency

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Uncontained Wildfires Continue to Threaten Santa Rosa, Force Evacuations 12 October,2017Michael Krasny

  • trite

    What is state of Oakmont neighborhood?

  • Pontifikate

    It seems clear to me that emergency planning means to have redundant resources, means of getting information to people (maps, etc.) since many won’t have cell service and many elders don’t use cell phones.

  • Haanieh R

    Do we know where there is (and will be in the next couple of days) better air quality in the Bay Area for elderly and children?

  • Sar Wash

    Mandatory evacuations have now been issued for part of the city of Sonoma.

  • Sar Wash

    Airbnb has really stepped up and is arranging free housing for evacuees.

    • RosyS

      As I understand, they are acting as a clearing house and waiving fees for those who are willing to open their homes; it looks like their insurance stands, too. Pretty cool!

  • Sar Wash

    What is the recommended mode of evacuation for those without cars? Many buses and trains are not running or running with limited routes.

  • RosyS

    Petaluma’s tradition of caring has kicked into high gear with shelters, volunteers, resources, food, long-term housing, large animal transport. Love this town!


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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