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Santa Rosa ceremony to mark anniversary of wildfire

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A car is seen charred and multiple homes destroyed along Sleepy Hollow Drive in Santa Rosa, Calif. Monday, October 9, 2017. A ceremony will mark the anniversary on Monday. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

A ceremony commemorating the one-year anniversary of the Sonoma Complex wildfires will be held Monday night at Courthouse Square in downtown Santa Rosa, which will include a reading by Sonoma County Poet Laureate Maya Khosla, and a memorial bell ringing to honor the 24 people who died in the fires.

The formal ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. at the square, at Third Street and Santa Rosa Avenue east of U.S. Highway 101.

Aside from the formal ceremony, chalk will be available at the sidewalks around Courthouse Square from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday and from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Tuesday for “public art expression” connected with the one-year anniversary of the beginning of the fires that devastated parts of several Northern California counties.

The public is invited to these events, and they are free. They are sponsored jointly by the City of Santa Rosa and Sonoma County.

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