Returning Home After a Fire

Please keep in mind that you may be returning home to areas where fire-related power outrages occurred. It is important to review health and safety information below on what to do when returning home.

Spoiled Food

If your refrigerator has been non-operational for an extended period, the food inside has gone bad. When in doubt, throw it out! Remove packaging and place all food waste in your green compost cart. Clean and dry food and beverage containers can be placed in your blue recycle cart.

Garbage Service

Regular garbage, recycle, and compost service provided by Recology will resume as evacuation orders are lifted. Perishable food items likely need to be disposed creating additional waste. To help with the additional waste disposal, Santa Rosa Residents who have been allowed back into their homes may place extra bags of garbage next to their service bins on their regularly scheduled collection day for removal at no additional cost.


If electricity is off, before turning it on, make sure all appliances are turned off. Once you are sure all appliances are turned off, there is no fire damage to your building and the meter does not have any visible damage, you may turn on the main circuit breaker.