Big fires in Santa Rosa have this agent focusing on his own home

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Saint Francis Property Santa Rosa, CA 01368633

Thank you to my AR friends who have reached out to me asking if everything is okay.  I've been off AR due to most of Santa Rosa having no power or residential internet.


Big news in Sonoma County/Napa is a series of 5 large all uncontained fires rolling through the counties.  In Santa Rosa we've lost entire neighborhoods like high end million dollar homes in Fountaingrove , to entire mobile home parks right next to Kaiser hospital and the sheriff's office!  Most of Santa Rosa is without power and there is 0%  containment.  Portions of the city, & county are under mandatory evacuation and huge areas under recommended evacuation.  Big portions of Santa Rosa is without power.


I live next to a 5000 acre park called Annadel State Park.  The fire is working its way through the park but until I see the flames or are put under mandatory evacuation, I'm staying put.  I have an evacuation plan, and stay off the roads so emergency vehicles can get by.  


Today's plan, get dry leaves that can be ignited by flying embers away from the house & clean the gutters of dry leaves.  Dump everything in the refrigerator.  Need to re-evaluate what I want to save. I really don't think my house/neighborhood will burn but would rather do the hard work now, than regret later. 


Fires started late Sunday night, I'm guessing between 10pm - midnight.  We had unusually high winds of 30- 50 mph after a very warm weekend 80s +/-.  I was first aware of the fire at 1:30am when my kid's mother sent me a text that she was worried about "all the fires".  I thought "Get off the internet and go to bed!!"  She convinced me that something was up, and when I went outside to investigate I smelled smoke and  saw the hills surrounding Rincon Valley glowing orange in the heavy smoke.  I helped her evacuate with the kids & dogs at 2:30am but I stayed and packed pictures, computers etc.  & have been poised to run if/when needed.  


For those who don't know, Santa Rosa is a city of 170,000 people in Sonoma County, north of San Francisco 60 miles.  It is the biggest city in California that is north of S.F.  It was a popular backdrop for Alfred Hitchcock films and is central to the Sonoma County's wine industry.  It's referred to at the Redwood Empire, Sonoma County Wine Country, and "the North Bay."





I love living in Rincon Valley!  I've lived here since 1995 and can't imagine living in a better north bay community.  Call me today if you're interested in buying a home in Rincon Valley, or if you'd like to list your Rincon Valley home for sale.  


  • Jim Cheney, Broker
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Jim,  I am feeling so bad for you and Curtis Van Carter with the fires in your area.  My wife and girl friends where  headed out for there annual Somona trip but just cancel it last night for next week.  It will say me money, the wine would come in 3 weeks after the trip and the credit card bill would b 4 weeks out.


Oct 11, 2017 08:24 AM #1
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

OMG Jim. I hadn't realized where you lived. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Oct 11, 2017 12:37 PM #2
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
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We are keeping our fingers crossed.  One of our clients in Santa Rosa has evacuated, the one in outside of Sonoma has also, as has our Napa client.  Our friends are still OK in Napa, but ready to go, and our friend in Yountville is OK also...Praying for rain and containment very soon.  A

Oct 11, 2017 04:50 PM #3
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Jim- I am terrible when it comes to geography and the state of California so I did not know you are in the fire area. When you read this I hope that you are still safe at home but if you need to evacuate, then go!!!

I pray for your safety and that your home will be spared. 

Oct 11, 2017 06:32 PM #4
Patricia Feager
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Jim Cheney - May you find the courage to help where needed, stay out of the line of fire, keep your kids and their mother safe, and evacuate if needed. I'm praying for you and everyone in Napa Valley. Take it from someone who lived through many fires, smoke is equally dangerous to your lungs and where there's smoke, there's fire. 

Oct 11, 2017 06:59 PM #5
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Jim I missed this post and so glad I did I would be more concerned than I already am, Endre

Oct 12, 2017 10:57 PM #6
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I was just checking on everybody today! Take care of yourself first and foremost and everything else icome way after that

Oct 13, 2017 11:37 PM #7
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

That is really scary starting in the middle of the night, Jim. I am glad you are safe.

Oct 14, 2017 06:55 PM #8
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