Pedro Soto (10), Daniel Mendez (10), and Christopher Rivera (11) of Santa Rosa spent the night at the Marin Center evacuation location. (Paul Lancour/KQED)

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As of Tuesday, 17 wildfires continue to roll throughout Northern California. Fifteen people have been confirmed killed and thousands have been displaced from their homes.

While people scramble to connect with their loved ones, the widespread power outage in affected areas is making it more challenging for many to find their family and relatives. Cal Fire reports that at least 200,000 people in Napa County are without power.

But help has also been widespread. There are at least 40 evacuation centers set up throughout Northern California, and several of them are accepting pets. A number of schools in Sonoma County and Napa County, which continue to be closed, have been converted to shelters.

The Red Cross has opened 11 evacuation centers throughout the area for both shelter and food. More than 2,400 people have already volunteered with the organization to help out, according to a Red Cross spokesperson. Food pantries and animal shelters are also receiving donations.

Stan Carrington, at Sonoma County Fairgrounds shelter in Santa Rosa, awaits news on his home. (Lesley McClurg/KQED)
Donations for evacuated pets at Marin Center. (Tiffany Camhi/KQED)
Adriana Hernandez (right), with daughters Jeanine and Thalia, volunteered at the shelter in Lawrence Cook Middle School in Santa Rosa on Oct 9, 2017. “It’ll bring us together,” says Adriana of the wildfire. (Farida Jhabvala Romero/KQED)
Marielena Flores (left), mother and brother at shelter at Finley Community Center in Santa Rosa. The family’s home burnt to the ground. “We found just ashes and dust,” says Flores. (Farida Jhabvala Romero/KQED)
Sonoma resident Brenda Arellano at Marin Center evacuation area. “The good thing is I’m safe, and my children are safe, and that’s the important thing.” (Paul Lancour/KQED)
Donations stacked at the Marin Center evacuation area. (Paul Lancour/KQED)
PHOTOS: As Fires Continue, Evacuees Hope for the Best 11 October,2017Michelle Cheng


Michelle Cheng

Michelle Cheng is an on-call interactive producer at KQED. She has written for FiveThirtyEight, Forbes, and MIT Technology Review. She received her undergraduate degree at Boston University — but doesn’t miss the cold. Prior to becoming a journalist, she was a competitive dancer. Reach her at or on Twitter @mbcheng15.