Larkfield Begins Recovery Efforts After Devastating Tubbs Fire

Posted on Feb 28, 2019

Larkfield Begins Recovery Efforts After Devastating Tubbs Fire

More than a year after the Tubbs Fire was contained on October 31, 2017, the Santa Rosa community of Larkfield-Wikiup, which is served by California American Water (Cal Am), is gradually being rebuilt. Among the most destructive wildfires in California history, the Tubbs Fire destroyed nearly 600 structures in Larkfield-Wikiup and damaged water mains, fire hydrants, and other critical infrastructure.

To date, Cal Am crews have completed substantial recovery work, including removing debris and installing a temporary pump system and new electric service at the utility’s Upper Wikiup tank site; repairing water mains; removing 570 damaged meters and cap services; replacing 46 fire hydrants and installing nine new hydrants; and replacing and upgrading 450 service laterals and meter boxes for fire sprinkler flow. Cal Am also has provided temporary water service for owners and builders.

Once Pacific Gas and Electric is able to fully restore power to the area, Cal Am will demolish and remove a 48,000-gallon tank; replace and upgrade 120 additional service laterals; construct a permanent pump station with a hydro-pneumatic tank and emergency generator at Upper Wikiup; and pave water service trenches.

Destruction caused by the Tubbs Fire in Larkfield-Wikiup.

Rebuilding begins in Larkfield-Wikiup.

Before – Damage caused by the Tubbs Fire

After- Repairs completed by Cal Am crews.