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People in Santa Rosa come together in the crisis

Ninna Gaensler-Debs / KALW News
What's left of Journey's End mobile home park

Wildfires tearing through California wine country flared up again today. They’ve destroyed hundreds more homes and other buildings and led to new evacuation orders in Calistoga, Green Valley and the northern part of the town of Sonoma.

Authorities raised the death toll to 21 and warned that the number would rise. Also the Sonoma County Sheriff said the number of missing-persons reports has surpassed 600, up from about 200 yesterday, though they anticipate many of those people will be found because chaotic evacuations and poor communications over the past few days have made locating friends and family difficult.

At least 3,500 homes and businesses have been destroyed since the wildfires started Sunday, making them the third deadliest and most destructive blazes in state history.

"There was one charred bench overlooking this vista of devastation, you could see not only the ashes, the rubble of the hotel, but right below that you can also see the Journey's End Mobile Home Park that was also devastated, all laid out before you. That was a really awful, sad way to start a morning." - Gaensler-Debs

KALW’s Ninna Gaensler-Debs shares more from Santa Rosa.

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Ben was hired as Interim Executive Director of KALW in November, 2021.
Ninna Gaensler-Debs is a reporter and editor for Crosscurrents. Since 2012, Ninna has worn a variety of hats at KALW - she was both a producer and event planner for Localore project Hear Here. Ninna also programmed and organized the Sights and Sounds live events - two in Bayview, and most recently, one in East Oakland.