Nothing can compare to turning the corner into the Coffey Park area and seeing the devastation firsthand. The burn area is close to a mile wide and a mile long. With the exception of a few trees that somehow escaped the flames, it is now possible to look from one end to the other and see not one home still standing.
This would be something like standing near the corner of Calle Real and Fairview by OSH and being able to see straight through to Los Carneros in one direction and Cathedral Oaks in the other. Devastating.
Not too far away the KMart is in ruins and across the freeway scores of mobile homes completely gone. Aside from the many who have died here in the Santa Rosa area, including several in the mobile park area, which makes this a disaster beyond comprehension, you could take all of the homes burned in the past 50 years in our own Santa Barbara area wildfires and combined they would not match up to what has been lost in just the past 3 days here in Santa Rosa.
In the hills there is even more destruction, hundreds of homes in the hills behind Santa Rosa leveled to the ground in an area known as Fountain Grove. Huge houses, beautiful stone-clad structures, but no match to 50-70MPH winds and red-hot flames.