A new piece in the Chronicle describes the first hours of the Tubbs Fire, and how communities in Santa Rosa are still sorting out what happened and why residents had so little warning before having to escape – which was complicated by the late-night hour, downed cell towers, and the extreme speed and unpredictability of the fire.

On Tuesday morning, a Los Angeles Times reporter saw Sonoma County Sheriff’s deputies gathered around a burned vehicle near the top of Mark West Springs Road. Officials issued a mandatory evacuation for the area Monday in the Oakmont retirement community, and despite mandatory evacuation orders, Santa Rosa police say people have been refusing to leave their homes.

A drone captured an otherworldly sight in Santa Rosa, California – a U.S. Postal Services worker dutifully delivering mail to addresses where only charred foundations remain after a fast-moving fire ripped through the neighborhood.

While her family has not been evacuated yet, sophomore psychology major Chloe Colbert has several hundred friends who’s homes have been destroyed.

Sanchez said, “With Bennett Valley, people were saying that there’s a mandatory evacuation”.

Spotty internet and cellular access have also limited the public’s ability to access up-to-date information.

Fire burning in the hills above the Napa Valley.

“I heard that all the animals had been let loose out of Safari West”. Someone even told me all of Larkfield had been leveled and that’s just not true, there is stuff there; we just don’t know what. “I heard that Kenwood was gone, that Glen Ellen was burned down”. “I saw fire trucks racing up Martin West and then, five minutes later, I saw them racing down”.