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
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
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
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
Twin Pine, Middletown, population 6
Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds, Yuba City, population 15
Cal Expo Fairgrounds, Sacramento, population 40 (volunteers)
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