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Info for 2019 Fire Affected and #KincadeFire

If your home was damaged or destroyed by wildfire, see:

Also, see the following from United Policyholders (UP) – a consumer advocacy non-profit that helps with insurance claims (informational only–does  not sell any services):
Kincade and other 2019 Northern California Fires
2019 Southern California Fires
UP has valuable info for partial loss (including smoke damage) and total loss insurance claims.

If you live in North or West Sonoma County or know folks who do:

10/31/19 – we’re at 60% containment and most evacuation orders have been lifted.

Please see below for updates.


Sonoma County Emergency Information:



8:26 am 10/29/19

Evacuation Warnings and Mandatory Orders are still in place.  See below for current evac and power outage maps. Please check Supervisors Lynda Hopkins and James Gore Facebook  pages for updates. Be safe, friends.

Below is a list of information sources.









PRE-EVACUATION PREPARATION STEPS for your home only if you have time

When an evacuation is anticipated, follow these checklists (if time allows) to give your home the best chance of surviving a wildfire.

Home Evacuation Checklist – How to Prepare for Evacuation:

Inside the House

  • Shut all windows and doors, leaving them unlocked.
  • Remove flammable window shades, curtains and close metal shutters.
  • Remove lightweight curtains.
  • Move flammable furniture to the center of the room, away from windows and doors.
  • Shut off gas at the meter; turn off pilot lights.
  • Leave your lights on so firefighters can see your house under smoky conditions.
  • Shut off the air conditioning.


  • Gather up flammable items from the exterior of the house and bring them inside (patio furniture, children’s toys, door mats, trash cans, etc.) or place them in your pool.
  • Turn off propane tanks.
  • Move propane BBQ appliances away from structures.
  • Connect garden hoses to outside water valves or spigots for use by firefighters. Fill water buckets and place them around the house.
  • Don’t leave sprinklers on or water running, they can affect critical water pressure.
  • Leave exterior lights on so your home is visible to firefighters in the smoke or darkness of night.
  • Put your Emergency Supply Kit in your vehicle.
  • Back your car into the driveway with vehicle loaded and all doors and windows closed. Carry your car keys with you.
  • Have a ladder available and place it at the corner of the house for firefighters to quickly access your roof.
  • Seal attic and ground vents with pre-cut plywood or commercial seals.
  • Patrol your property and monitor the fire situation. Don’t wait for an evacuation order if you feel threatened.
  • Check on neighbors and make sure they are preparing to leave.


  • Locate your pets and keep them nearby.
  • Prepare farm animals for transport and think about moving them to a safe location early.


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