One Year, One Hundred Miles Apart:

Two communities on the road to recovery after devastating wildfires

coffey strong askewphoto credit - Diana AskewBeginning October 8, 2017, wildfires, led in ferocity by the Tubbs Fire, raced into and around Santa Rosa, leveling neighborhoods and killing 44 people. One year and one month later, one hundred miles to the north, the Camp Fire largely destroyed the town of Paradise, and killed 85 people, displacing the 2017 firestorm as the most deadly and destructive in California history.

As public media outlets, KRCB and NSPR believe that our communities are connected by this joint trauma. Through collaborative reporting, we aim to reinforce that connection and collect the wisdom that can be shared to strengthen recovery and resilience.

The people you will meet in our stories are survivors, not victims. That understanding, learned from our neighbors, drives our work to illuminate and validate their experiences.


Special thanks to the Public Media Journalists Association for awarding this project top prize for collaboration in the small station cohort for 2020. It's our second year in a row being recognized in that category.

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One Year Apart

  • Tunis
    November 07, 2019

    A Year After the Camp Fire, Survivors Share Stories of Loss and Healing

    A year ago today, 85 lives and over 13,000 homes were lost in the Camp Fire. With so much lost, resilience means something different to everyone. NSPR's Sarah Bohannon tells us how survivors are sharing their process of healing with others. (Image: Jessica Tunis at the Tubbs Fire anniversary.…
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    October 29, 2019

    For Many Survivors, Kincade Fire Brings Back Trauma

    As the Kincade fire continues to burn in Sonoma County, many are reliving the nightmare of wildfires they’ve survived in the past. Reporter Adia White has the story. This story was produced in collaboration with North State Public Radio’s Sarah Bohannon. For mental health services, vist our fire…
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    October 23, 2019

    Survivors of Camp Fire and Tubbs Fire Look Back and Ahead

    Over the past two weeks, art lovers have been visiting studios throughout Sonoma County. Art Trails, which organizes the visits, was about to start two years ago, when the Tubbs Fire raced through Santa Rosa. Artist Bill Gittins was ready to display several hundred of his paintings and prints but…
  • October 14, 2019

    Fire Survivors React to Power Shut-off

    Millions of Californians had their power shut off last week by Pacific Gas and Electric Company as a way to help prevent wildfires from starting during dangerous conditions. As part of a five-part series dedicated to the anniversaries of the Tubbs and Camp Fires, we look into how these two…
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    October 08, 2019

    Fire Survivors Demand Insurance Companies Continue to Cover Rent

    Two years ago today, the Tubbs fire swept through Santa Rosa and destroyed more than 5,000 homes overnight. One year and one month later, the Camp Fire leveled an entire town, surpassing the Tubbs as the most destructive wildfire in California history. This story is the first in a five-part series…

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