What is the difference between an advisory evacuation and a mandatory evacuation?

An advisory evacuation indicates that a fire has the potential to threaten an area in the near future. This gives residents time to remove their pets, livestock, large boats, RV's and any other personal effects in an orderly manner.

A mandatory evacuation is declared when a fire directly threatens a community and residents are placed in danger. You must leave the area immediately for you and your family's safety. Your continued presence places yourself and others in danger.

Please be advised that fire is unpredictable and the time frame between an advisory and a mandatory evacuation can change quickly.


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1. What fires are affecting the City of Santa Rosa?
2. Is it safe to return to my home?
3. What is the difference between an advisory evacuation and a mandatory evacuation?
4. How can I find out if my house burned down?
5. How can I find out about the welfare of a family member?
6. Where can I find information about road closures?
7. When should I call 9-1-1?
8. Is my water safe to drink?
9. How can I report fire location information/condition?
10. How can I get assistance evacuating if I am immobile and/or don't have a car?
11. What about my animals?
12. How do I get my mail if I have been evacuated?
13. How can I receive my mail if my house burned down?
14. What help is available for financial assistance?
15. What information is available by calling 211?
16. Where can I get my medication?
17. Are there updates about Sonoma County inmates / is the jail being evacuated?
18. Where do I find out information about power/gas outages in my area?
19. Where can I get assistance with passports and Consular IDs if I am a Mexican national?
20. Where can I find information about air quality?
21. Is transit running?
22. Are the schools closed?
23. Is the Santa Rosa Junior College closed?
24. Am I safe to go to an evacuation center if I am not documented?
25. How do I shut off my water and sewer service if my home was destroyed?