Our neighborhood is safe from the Tubbs fire for the time being. The mandatory evacuation area lies north of Guerneville Road/Steele Lane. Some neighbors have chosen to evacuate voluntarily, if for no other reason than to avoid the thick smoke which is affecting air quality in Santa Rosa. If you do decide to evacuate, consider turning off the gas to your home. This is a simple task requiring just a crescent wrench. See infographic below.
Our neighborhood's emergency center is at St. Luke's on the corner of Mendocino Avenue and Denton Way. The church is open with volunteers staffing the building. I checked yesterday on our emergency supplies which we store there, as well as our emergency generator.
The winds and temperatures are meant to be more subdued today, so we hope the firefighting agencies are able to get ahead of the fires. However, the return of high winds could cause the fires to flare up and spread again, perhaps toward our neighborhood. Please think about your household's evacuation plan and monitor the Santa Rosa Emergency Information Page for updated evacuation zones, road closures and more.
You can sign up for free emergency alerts from Nixle by texting your zipcode (e.g. 95401) to 888777.
If there are vulnerable neighbors who might need help evacuating or may need help if the power goes out, please check on them.
From what I saw walking the neighborhood, our neighbors are staying calm and alert. People seem to have their contingency plans in place and are generally well-prepared. On behalf of the RHNA Board, thank you all for looking out for each other.