The death toll from wildfires raging across California keeps climbing. As of 4:00 p.m. today, Cal Fire is reporting:

  • At least 35 people dead
  • 5700 structures burned
  • 220,000 acres burned
  • 17 large fires
  • 90,000 evacuated

Thousands of firefighters continue to battle the catastrophic blazes that began Sunday night in the North Bay.

Meanwhile, the community has rallied to support those who have lost their homes or been evacuated. KQED’s Monica Lam went to the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma to talk to evacuees and volunteers.


Sonoma Wildfires Update 17 October,2017Monica Lam


Monica Lam

Monica  is the senior producer of KQED Newsroom, a weekly current affairs TV program, and has reported extensively on the criminal justice system.

Before joining KQED, Monica worked at the Center for Investigative Reporting, where she examined conditions inside maximum security prisons and abuse in state-run institutions for the developmentally disabled. Prior to that, she produced and directed Journey of the Bonesetter’s Daughter, a documentary that follows novelist Amy Tan as she creates an opera based on her family history.

Monica’s work has been honored with a duPont Award, three Emmys, regional and national Murrow Awards, and has been recognized by Investigative Reporters and Editors, the Society of Professional Journalists, Religion Newswriters Association and the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club. Monica studied urban studies at Stanford University and earned a master’s in journalism at University of California at Berkeley. Follow her on twitter: @monicazlam

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