Petaluma did not have any property destruction from the fires on the county’s eastern border. Petaluma is the southernmost city in Sonoma County. It is a very large county, more than 1 million acres in size, and 90% of it was not affected by the Northern California fires.
All Petaluma businesses including those in our historic downtown district are open. Visiting Petaluma and supporting Sonoma County wineries, breweries, cheese makers, farmers, and merchants will help local families recover economically.
Sonoma County Tourism interim CEO adds, “We’re going to need you more than ever to visit and help Sonoma County’s hospitality community get back to work. Our 20,000-plus tourism jobs are among small, locally owned businesses. We want to see you and welcome you to the Sonoma County we all love.”
The Petaluma Visitors Center at 210 Lakeville Street (and E.Washington) in the historic train depot building is open and ready to welcome you! We’re here seven days a week (Mon.-Fri. 9am-5pm and weekends 10am-4pm) and our knowledgeable staff are eager to help you make the most of their time in our area.
We feel extremely fortunate to have been spared any damage. During the crisis, our Petaluma community – known for its compassionate and caring spirit – stepped up in a big way to help our friends and neighbors in Sonoma, Napa, Lake and Mendocino Counties by serving meals, housing evacuees, donating goods and volunteering to help fire victims in any way needed. As the headline in the local newspaper said, Petaluma was a “shelter amid the firestorm.”
- Current Sonoma County Tourism information: http://www.sonomacounty.com/openforbiz
- Sonoma County Tourism general visitor information: www.sonomacounty.com
- The SMART train is running their full schedule. Visit SonomaMarinTrain.org
- County of Sonoma: http://sonomacounty.ca.gov/Home/
- Road conditions: http://roadconditions.sonoma-county.org/
Where to Offer Help
Redwood Credit Union established a North Bay Relief Fund – 100% of donations go to fire victims. Go to: https://www.redwoodcu.org/northbayfirerelief
Please check with the individual lodging establishments. Recent evacuations have affected their occupancy levels.
Airbnb offers free housing for evacuees and home owners can list their home to make it available to evacuee. Go to: https://www.airbnb.com/welcome/evacuees/northerncaliforniafireevacuees