SONOMA COUNTY — Firefighters are lighting again burns all alongside Bennett Valley Street in Santa Rosa to create a buffer between what the Southern LNU Complicated Hearth has already burned and what it is headed towards burning subsequent.
This act will cease the hearth’s sluggish downhill creep towards houses in order that the neighborhood on Ponderosa Street does not endure the identical destiny because the neighborhood on Bennett Ridge Street.
“It got here up over the hill and there wasn’t a lot that could possibly be completed at that time with a restricted quantity of assets it was all about life security and making an attempt to get as many individuals out as attainable,” stated Darrin DeCarli, Battalion Chief Bennett Valley Hearth Safety District.
Decarli says a neighborhood of 70 or so houses was decimated in a single day Monday — that it occurred so quick, firefighters have been evacuating households as their houses have been burning down.
“… Knocking on the door get ‘um out, as they’re loading them within the truck to get them off the hill they’re have been saying there have been extra individuals within the house upstairs who have been nonetheless asleep in order that they needed to double again,” Decarli recounts.
The identical firefighters working then have been defending the identical neighborhoods for 3 days straight.
“It has been a tough go. its onerous on everyone. we’ve guys who’ve misplaced houses themselves they usually`re nonetheless right here preventing the hearth,” Decarli stated.
He additionally says injury evaluation crews nonetheless have not gone via all of the rubble within the space to verify that everybody made it out alive.
For now, they discover consolation within the easy issues like notes from householders saying:
We’ve got evacuated, we’ve a pool, please save our residence, keep protected.