The Oak Leaf

Store important survival supplies and low-tech entertainment in a stout backpack you can grab at a moment’s notice.

Evacuation preparation: What you need when it’s time to leave

September 17, 2020

Fire season is upon us, so it is important to be prepared for what lies ahead.  A lot of students feel anxious, triggered from past fires and the threat of new ones. Having a plan may help alleviate some of that stress. One easy step is to prepare a ...

Kincade Fire Gallery

Kincade Fire Gallery

December 12, 2019

Overview by Zane Zinkl High winds, dry brittle ground and low humidity combined on the evening of Oct. 23 to ignite the Kincade Fire in northeastern Sonoma County near Alexander Valley. During the next two weeks, the fire burned 77,758 acres, destroyed 360 structur...

Firefights huddle in the driveway of a house on Gloria Drive after putting out flames.

Gloria Drive fire alarms Santa Rosa residents

October 30, 2019

Santa Rosa Fire Department put out a garage fire started by a clothing dryer malfunction today on Gloria Drive in Santa Rosa.  Residents were scared when Santa Rosa Fire Department arrived on the scene due to the nearby threat of Kincade Fire. "I t...

Approximately 11 units of firefighters arrive on scene minutes after the 911 call was made.

140 evacuated from structure fire near Coddingtown mall

April 5, 2019

Not another one. This was the thought Samantha Rivas, 17, had as she first saw flames engulf the upper story of her apartment complex. Rivas has lived at the apartment complex for three-and-a-half years and is used to consistent false alarm...

Brent Woods balances his major's 3D design and animation coursework with his welding classes while taking care of his post-fire PTSD.

Finding tranquility in chaos

December 13, 2018

He flips down his welding helmet and focuses on the task at hand. The air around him feels thick, the heat in the classroom oppressive from his latest assignment. He lights his torch and watches a flame dance from its tip, a flame he’ll use to melt multiple metals dur...

The sun sets behind a set of palm trees near Analy Village as smoke from the Butte County fire encompasses the surrounding area.

Butte County Fire causes SRJC closure

November 9, 2018

Santa Rosa Junior College is closed Nov. 8 and 9 due to poor air quality from the Butte County fire north of Chico. Director of District and Community Relations Erin Bricker emailed students Thursday evening informing them of the closure. All classes...

Community decorated flameless luminaries lined the pathway.

One community one year later

October 10, 2018

Community members gathered on a blocked-off Hopper Avenue on Oct. 9 for the “One Year Remembrance Gathering” in observation of the Tubb’s fire that burned more than 5,000 homes and killed more than 22 people in 2017. The fire burned nearly...

Fires rage in the hills of Fountaingrove over the ruins of Journey’s End Mobile Home Park on the morning of Oct. 9.

Sonoma County’s week from hell

May 3, 2018

On the night of Oct. 8-9, 2017, hurricane-strength winds buffeted wildfires unprecedented in size throughout Sonoma and Napa counties, completely leveling neighborhoods in northern Santa Rosa and across the region. The North Bay—or “Wine Country”...

A dry winter has brought California back into the drought conditions that were cited as a major cause of last Fall's wildfires.

Drought conditions return to California after dry winter

February 27, 2018

Critically dry weather patterns that led to severe drought and widespread wildfires have returned to California, making Santa Rosa Junior College staff and students apprehensive of the upcoming summer and the renewed risk of wildfire. According to...

Student utilizes therapy dogs provided by Paws As Loving Support during the SRJC Strong event.

SRJC fire response prevents drop-outs

November 16, 2017

The number of students seeking mental health services at Santa Rosa Junior College has doubled since last month’s fires, and the administration covered all its bases to successfully prevent mass disenrollment. Dean of Student Affairs Robert Ethington led...

Santa Rosa Junior College provides a space in the basement of the Zumwalt Parking Structure for overflow donations from a Windsor emergency center.

Fire donations exceed county capacity

November 16, 2017

The disaster recovery system, which includes Sonoma County emergency services, law enforcement and volunteer services, was overwhelmed after decision-makers failed to give information on how to donate to fire victims in the days and week’s following las...

Photo Editor Dakota McGranahan

A week of worry, fire and fear

October 31, 2017

I watched in horror as the fire rolled over the hills, ripped through trees and devoured everything in sight. It left nothing but a skeleton behind, the ashen bark, stark against the flames. Sitting in my car, I felt nauseous. Just hours before, I was sittin...

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