County of Marin - News Releases - Wildfire Assistance

For Immediate Release
October 14, 2017

New Evacuation Shelter Open In Marin

Seminary site ready to welcome Santa Rosa, Sonoma Co. Evacuees

San Rafael, CA (11:40 AM)–  In response to recent evacuation orders in Sonoma County and specific parts of Santa Rosa, the Marin County Office of Emergency Services – in coordination with American Red Cross-- has opened a temporary evacuation shelter at The Seminary at Strawberry (201 Seminary Drive in Mill Valley). 

This replaces the previously announced staging site of the former Fireman’s Fund in Novato. The purpose of the staging location was to help Marin officials gauge the possible influx of evacuees from this morning’s evacuations and direct individuals and families to shelters with available capacity.  As of 11:00am this morning, only one evacuee reported to the Novato staging location so officials determined the additional routing step unnecessary and closed the staging area.

The shelter at Marin Center Exhibit Hall is near capacity, so all new evacuees should proceed directly to the Red Cross shelter in Mill Valley. 

The Marin Humane Society is working alongside the County of Marin and American Red Cross so the Seminary shelter location is ready to accept domestic animals (e.g., dogs and cats).

We thank the community for their generosity so far, but donations of goods are NOT needed at either the Seminary and Marin Center shelter locations. 

•    Call 2-1-1 for evacuation, shelter, and other fire related information, as well as volunteer and donation information.  Please refrain from calling 9-1-1 unless you or someone you know is experiencing a life-threatening emergency.

•    Sonoma County residents can text their zip code to 888777 to get information such as evacuation orders, emergency shelter locations, and road closures.

•    Caltrans website map at Marin County residents are urged to stay off roads and highways as much as possible to help first-responders get to destinations where help is needed.
•    Information on how to prepare for evacuation can be found at

•    For up to date information about fires in California go to:

For the latest updates on County of Marin’s response to the Napa and Sonoma fires, follow us on twitter at @MarinGov, or visit the County’s website at In addition, Marin residents can sign up for emergency alerts from the County for future disasters and emergencies at


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San Rafael, CA 94903