There are two main scenarios giving local emergency managers and fire chiefs nightmares. One is an outbreak of disease in an evacuation center. The other is an outbreak of illness among firefighters.
In the final installment in our fire anniversary profile series, we meet a handful of locals who share stories of compassion, community and hope.
They are the lucky few: those whose homes were spared in neighborhoods otherwise destroyed. Yet for these residents, the experience is fraught with anxiety and guilt.
Survivors and first responders share personal accounts of horror and heroism during the first hours and days of the Sonoma County fires.