A week into the worst wildfires in California history, 33 shelters are still housing close to 1,700 people, according to the California Office of Emergency Services.

Most of the shelters are in Sonoma County, where 14 are still in operation, according to an American Red Cross map. Marin County is next with eight.

The Petaluma Community Center is housing 400 evacuees, the most of any of the shelters. Sonoma Fairgrounds are sheltering 337, and 114 are sheltered at Finley Community Center in Santa Rosa.

Conversely, St. Stephens Church in Sebastopol listed just two evacuees.

Several shelters, including one in Grass Valley, have closed. Shelters at Technology Middle School in Rohnert Park, New Life Church in Novato, and American Canyon High School listed 0 population.

About 40 volunteers are staying at a shelter set up at Cal Expo in Sacramento.

Close to half of the shelters are operated by the American Red Cross.

The Red Cross opens shelters at the request of county government, said Steve Walsh, spokesman for the Gold Country Region. When people begin returning home or finding other accommodations “we make sure everybody is placed safely somewhere, then tell the county we’re shutting down,” he said.

Shelters still housing wildfire evacuees

Sonoma County

Calvary Chapel, Petaluma, population 84

Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds, Petaluma, population 49

Petaluma Community Center, Petaluma, population 400

Church of Christ, Petaluma, population 28

New Life Church, Petaluma, population 36

Elsie Allen High School, Santa Rosa, population 54

St. Stephen’s Church, Sebastopol, population 2

Sonoma Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa, population 337

Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building, population 90

First United Methodist Church, Santa Rosa, population 50

Finley Community Center, Santa Rosa, population 114

Petaluma Veterans Memorial Building, Petaluma, population 43

Windsor High School, Windsor, population 55

Healdsburg Community Center, Healdsburg, population 19

Marin County

Lawson’s Landing, Dillon Beach, population 100

Marconi Conference Center, Marshall, population 60

San Geronimo Valley Community Center, San Geronimo, population 24

Quest Church, Novato, population 4

Novato United Methodist Church, Novato, population 35

Novato United Methodist Church, San Quentin, population 35

Living World Chapel, Novato, population 10

Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, Mill Valley, population 22

Napa County

Crosswalk Community Church, Napa, population 29

Napa Valley College, Napa, population 64


Solano College, Fairfield, population 29


Hopland Sho-Ka-Wah Casino, Hopland, population 110

Mendocino College, Ukiah, population 37

Lake County

Twin Pine, Middletown, population 6

Sutter County

Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds, Yuba City, population 15


Cal Expo Fairgrounds, Sacramento, population 40 (volunteers)