Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn (Last Updated October 17, 2017)
The Superior Court of Sonoma County located in Santa Rosa, California has been closed since Monday, October 9, 2017, due to massive wildfires devastating many parts of the Wine Country north of San Francisco Bay that have burned for over a week with the help of strong winds and dry conditions.
A ‘NOTICE OF TEMPORARY CLOSURE’ on the court website reads: Sonoma County Superior Court will be closed to the public Monday, October 16th and Tuesday, October, 17th. We anticipate reopening for business on Wednesday, October 18th, 2017. However, please check this web page for updates which may be issued.
A revised press release from the court gives further details: Due to the continuing emergency conditions existing in the County of Sonoma, the Sonoma County Superior Court will be closed to the public until Monday, October 23, 2017. Please refer to the court website for further information, located at http://sonoma.courts.ca.gov/.
The Press Democrat – the local newspaper serving Santa Rosa and Sonoma County – reported the wildfires have claimed the lives of at least 41 people, a number expected to rise as the full extent of the ongoing disaster is revealed. The court building is located within the Santa Rosa Mandatory Evacuation Area.
The Press Democrat also offers a live map of wildfires burning in Sonoma and Napa counties that shows the wide-ranging impact of the catastrophic event. The map is continuously updated with fire data provided by the U.S. Forest Service. Red dots on the map show the current hot spots.
The Santa Rosa City website contains some helpful emergency information for the many people affected by the wildfires including evacuation orders, locations of shelters, assistance with missing people, school closures, boil water notices, and volunteer and donation information.
How to Help Victims of Wine County Wildfires
As a company headquartered north of San Francisco Bay, the hearts and thoughts of Employment Screening Resources (ESR) go out to people affected by the Wine County wildfires. Individuals wanting to help victims may volunteer with the Red Cross, donate to the United Way of the Wine Country, or make housing available through Airbnb.
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