Santa Rosa Fire

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Robert Resendiz, Photography Editor

California’s climate change has produced wildfires that have forced locals to leave their only home.

 

Thousands of Californians were ordered in the month of October to evacuate from the Northern California city of Santa Rosa due to a wildfire that threatened the region.  

 

Santa Rosa Police reported on twitter, “REPEAT: MANDATORY EVACUATION as of 4:45am All areas & roads north and south off of HWY 12 between Adobe Canyon Rd & Calistoga Rd #NunsFire.”

 

California Fire Chief Steve Crawford, told citizens to evacuate areas in northeastern Santa Rosa, a city consisting of 175,000 people about 50 miles northwest of San Francisco.

 

The wildfire has burned 12,430 acres and is 63% of Santa Rosa land, according to The Los Angeles Times.

 

Santa Rosa Mayor, Chris Coursey told CNN News that firefighters “have a handle” on the wildfires incident, “The fire that you’re seeing today is in wildland areas,” he said. “It’s threatening the city but it’s not blowing through the city like we saw the other night. There’s no cause for alarm but there is cause for some vigilance and preparedness.”

There’s a lot of cautious optimism in terms of final containment, but we’re still not there,” Sonoma County spokesman Barry Dugan stated, “We also understand that these fires can be volatile and weather can change.”

 

Due to the wildfires, the wind and fire made it difficult and unstoppable. At Coffey Park, a subdivision of homes in Santa Rosa, an hour north of San Francisco, burned in flames, “It looks like a bomb went off,” said Ms. Coats, an accounts assistant at a retirement home in Santa Rosa according to NY Times News.

California’s governor,  Jerry Brown has declared state of emergency in order to receive support from the federal government.

Although, there’s been much disaster in Santa Rosa, many organizations have been helpful, such as donating to the cause.