Beginning 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.