A family of Filipino immigrant caregivers rescued four elderly patients from a tiny assisted living home in Santa Rosa, only to find themselves both homeless and jobless after last year’s firestorm. Sasha Khokha has the story of how one elderly resident’s relatives jumped in to help the Robles family rebuild their lives.
When Fire Strikes, Lake County Turns to an Old Technology for Information
KPFZ is the only community radio station rural in Lake County. Most of the hosts are volunteers, retirees with local programs. But in recent years, Lake County has been hit by wildfire after wildfire. And the station has started hosting call-in programs to relay updates from officials, share information and report on the fires. KQED’s Sam Harnett tells us how KPFZ became a lifeline for the community.
Mendocino County firefighter Brendan Turner has always been the guy who runs toward the car accident, the gunshot, the flames. But the wildfire that hit his hometown, Redwood Valley, was an order of magnitude larger than anything he’d faced before. KQED’s Sukey Lewis has been staying in touch with Brendan Turner since she covered the fires last year. She sends this dispatch from her most recent visit to Mendocino County.
Family Marks One-Year Anniversary of Firestorm With Baby’s First Birthday Celebration
One year ago this week, when the Tubbs Fire broke out in Santa Rosa, two hospitals had to evacuate 200 patients. Several of those patients were women in active labor. Last year, health reporter April Dembosky talked to one of those brand new moms. She fills us in on how the family is doing now.