On the first anniversary of the 36,870-acre Tubbs Fire that destroyed more than 500 homes in Larkfield north of Santa Rosa, residents announced the creation of the non-profit Larkfield Resilience Fund to rebuild their neighborhoods.

The seven-member Board of Directors is comprised of fire survivors, and the LRF’s website www.larkfieldfund.com was established to increase awareness about the devastation and accept donations for rebuilding projects.

The LRF’s federal ID is pending and on its way, but they can still receive donations, said Brad Sherwood, who is the spokesman for the LRF as well as the Sonoma County Water Agency.

The LRF plans to plant up to 200 36-inch boxed trees in front of the houses once they’re rebuilt. All of Larkfield’s urban landscape was destroyed in the Tubbs Fire that destroyed 5,636 structures in Sonoma and Napa counties.

COPE, Citizens Organized to Prepare for Emergencies, encourages residents, families and neighborhoods to be better prepared to respond and recover from emergency situations by developing individual response plans, maintaining emergency supply kits and getting neighbors to get to know and plan with other neighbors.

A network of fire cameras is being installed in Sonoma County by PG&E, and government entities and the LRF hope one can be located in the most populated urban community in unincorporated Sonoma County.

The LRF also wants an emergency alert siren in the event that cellphones and other modes of communication are unavailable or ineffective.

This story originally published by Bay City News.