The City of Santa Rosa and the County of Sonoma are inviting the community to attend a ceremony recognizing rebuilding efforts and honoring our resilient community on the 5th anniversary of the devastating 2017 wildfires. The event will be held in Coffey Neighborhood Park (1524 Amanda Place in Santa Rosa) on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022, from 10 a.m. to approximately 11 a.m.
“Santa Rosa will never forget the lives lost and the devastation done to our homes, parks, and infrastructure by the 2017 wildfires,” said Santa Rosa Mayor Chris Rogers. “But five years later, with more than 90% of the community rebuilt or in rebuild, Santa Rosa serves as a model for how neighbors can help one another find their way home after a natural disaster.”
Speakers at the event will include Santa Rosa Mayor Chris Rogers, Sonoma County Supervisor James Gore, Sonoma County Supervisor Chris Coursey, Sonoma County Supervisor Susan Gorin, State Senator Mike McGuire, Congressman Jared Huffman, Assemblymember Jim Wood, HUD Field Office Director for Northern California Eduardo Cabrera, Cal OES Director Mark Ghilarducci, and Santa Rosa Fire Chief Scott Westrope.
“We have faced many challenges in recent years, from floods to a global pandemic, but nothing has tested our resolve or resiliency more than the Tubbs, Nuns and Pockets fires of 2017, which, all together, destroyed more than 5,300 homes in our county,” said Supervisor James Gore, Chair of the Board of Supervisors. “I look forward to coming together as a community to honor all that we have accomplished together in rebuilding.”
ASL and Spanish interpretation, along with headphones for Spanish-speaking members of the public, will be available at the event. For those who cannot attend in person, the event will also be livestreamed via the City of Santa Rosa’s YouTube Channel, Youtube.com/CityofSantaRosa, starting at 10 a.m. It also will be shared on the County of Sonoma’s Facebook page.