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2019-11-19Nov 19, 2019

Red Flag weather warnings have been confirmed and power shutoffs are scheduled. As early at 6am on Wednesday, November 20, expect power to be turned off in Camp Meeker, Cazadero, Cloverdale, Duncans Mills, Forestville, Geyserville, Glen Ellen, Guerneville, Healdsburg, Jenner, Kenwood, Monte Rio, Penngrove, Petaluma, Rio Nido, Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, Sonoma, Villa Grande, and Windsor. This town list conflicts with the map provided by PG&E so check your address on the PG&E website to confirm yes or no for where you are. This shutoff will last a minimum of one day but could be as long as 4 days according to press release we have received.

2019-10-24Oct 24, 2019

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Fire Weather Watch, for the North Bay valleys, mountains and coastline from Saturday evening (10/26) through Monday morning (10/28).

2019-10-23Oct 23, 2019

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E)’s emergency operations teams have been monitoring a dry, offshore wind event. The company began its 48-hour advance notifications to customers that it may be proactively turning power off for safety and conducting a  Public Safety Power Shutoff  (PSPS) on late Wednesday evening.

2019-10-23Oct 23, 2019

Back in the 1930s a Santa Rosan agriculturalist-cum-chemist infused gas to take the place of the liquid removed so as to support the delicate internal silicon dioxide structure. Thus was the lightest material in the world created, aerogel, composed of an astonishing 99.8% air. In 2004 NASA’s Stardust spacecraft, equipped with a giant “tennis racket” composed of aerogel, scooped up the material being ejected from a passing comet and returned the samples to Earth two years later.

2019-10-10Oct 10, 2019

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) has notified the County of Sonoma that it has begun to conduct equipment inspections to restore power to the 200,000 residents in Sonoma County affected by the Power Shutoff. PG&E has said they expect to make progress today in restoring power to some areas in the County. Other portions of the county will remain without power until PG&E has inspected the electrical infrastructure and determined that they can safely restore service.

2019-10-09Oct 9, 2019

County, City Remind Residents to Stay Vigilant During Ongoing Outage. PG&E’s scheduled power shutoff began today Oct 9, 2019 in much of Sonoma County, affecting approximately 200,000 residents. PG&E currently predicts that the power shutoff may continue through Thursday, October 10, at noon.


2019-10-09Oct 9, 2019

Improving weather means patrols in some areas of Humboldt County have started. PG&E anticipates being able to restore power to 60,000 to 80,000 customers tonight or early Thursday morning. Patrols take place during daytime hours and will resume at daybreak.

2019-09-23Sep 23, 2019

PG&E CANCELS Power Shut-Off scheduled for North Bay and Sierra Foothills  Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) continues to monitor hot, dry and windy weather over the next few days and anticipates that it will NOT need to shut off power for nine Northern California counties in the North Bay.

2019-09-23Sep 23, 2019

PG&E ‪has raised the Pubic Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) potential from “Elevated” to “WATCH” for Monday (9/23) & Tuesday (9/24) in the North Bay. “WATCH” is PG&E’s medium level of potential for a PSPS. Residents in and around Sonoma may receive an automated phone call, text and or email from PG&E advising them of the “WATCH.” Learn more at or by calling PG&E at 1-800-743-5009.

2019-09-18Sep 18, 2019

As you might imagine, an oilman morphing into an environmentalist after many years in that arena produced some clashes with others in the field – after all, I spent 25 years looking for oil and gas as a petroleum geologist in the Midwest. Much of my income has been and still is from oil and gas production as I retain several royalty interests in Oklahoma wells.

2019-09-03Sep 3, 2019

This column started over 11 years ago as a way to share individual actions that make a difference for our planet and her people. I still believe all of us have to take all the small steps we can, but it’s clear that only policy changes can save us, and for that we have to work collectively.

2019-11-18Nov 18, 2019

It used to be we only post power during heavy winter storms. Now the wind kicks up and our power goes off. Not because power lines are down from storm damage, but because PG&E's equipment is so fragile they are concerned about starting more fires. California can't handle more fires. We've had enough and so far too many have been caused by power equipment failing. 

2019-08-02Aug 2, 2019

Vegetation Removal for Wildfire Safety Under Scrutiny. All across the state, PG&E is sending out crews to remove trees in large swathes under power lines. In neighborhoods, tree inspectors are tagging trees for trimming and removal. What used to be a required 18” clearance has become a 4-foot to 12-foot clearance since fires raged across our state and electric power lines have been identified as a source for several of these fires.

2019-07-28Jul 28, 2019

Within a year, electricity from onshore wind and solar will be cheaper than any electricity from fossil fuels, a report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) forecasts. This doesn’t even consider the “hidden” costs of fossils fuels—from mining and drilling operations, spills, and greenhouse gas emissions, nor does it factor in huge fossil fuel subsidies.

2019-07-23Jul 23, 2019

A article about a huge gas station proposed for Highway 116 and Stony Point Road  was featured in the April our edition. That article by Jenny Blaker helped spark a community uprising that culminated on July 8 with the developer withdrawing the application. Many people and organizations were instrumental in this success both before and after the April Gazette article, and we thank them all. While we are celebrating the termination of that proposal, we remain concerned about two other gas station proposals. One of them, in Petaluma, has been permitted by that city, and is now being fought in court.  The other, at Highway 12 and Llano Road, is wending its way through the Sonoma County permitting process. In this case there is still an opportunity for the community to weigh in.


2019-07-14Jul 14, 2019

California’s three largest energy companies announced a coordinated wildfire safety and awareness campaign to prepare Californians for the threat of extreme weather and power outages during times of wildfire danger. Energy companies turn off power to fire prone areas during extreme weather events as a safety precaution. This is known as a Public Safety Power Shutoff. tel:18667436589


2019-06-30Jun 30, 2019

Are you prepared for another wildfire – and going without electricity for an extended period-of-time when extreme fire danger conditions are forecasted?

2019-06-27Jun 27, 2019

Daily Acts has sponsored the Community Resilience Challenge for ten years; now they’re partnering with the Regional Climate Protection Agency to launch the Sonoma Climate Challenge, a program that offers actions varying in cost and difficulty that save water and energy and reduce pollution. Rated from easy to challenging, each action has information about how to do it, upfront cost in dollars, time commitment to take action, savings in resources, dollar cost of the action, and more information on resources to help you.

2019-06-27Jun 27, 2019

Sonoma County Civil Grand Jury report acknowledges Sonoma Water’s earthquake preparation. In June, the Sonoma County Civil Grand Jury concluded its investigation into the risk of a major earthquake in Sonoma County and the effect that it could have on residents, due to impacts on water supplies. The Grand Jury’s report suggests some areas where the department should improve while acknowledging some of the agency's strengths.

2019-06-26Jun 26, 2019

Topics will include expansion of the Public Safety Power Shutoff program, accelerated safety inspections of electric infrastructure, enhanced vegetation management around power lines, and hardening the electric system for the future by replacing equipment and installing stronger and more resilient poles and covered power lines.

2019-06-13Jun 13, 2019

Over 300 people showed up in the rain on May 15th to learn about the Green New Deal (GND). People of all ages, from little children with their parents (there was a table for the kids to color postcards with climate-friendly slogans to be sent to Gov. Newsom) to older folk, including many like myself, who are in the “Old Greyhair” League, were at the Fairgrounds to hear about local efforts to implement the GND. 

2019-11-05Nov 5, 2019

Crews are replacing poles, lines and other equipment throughout the fire footprint today to restore power to those who remain without power. Those customers mostly have Geyserville and Healdsburg addresses but some are in Middletown and Calistoga. We expect to restore power to a significant number of people today.

2019-11-01Nov 1, 2019

Repopulation and Evacuation Orders reduced 

2019-11-01Nov 1, 2019

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) reported today that it has restored power to nearly all customers who were de-energized during the October 26 and 29 Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) events.


2019-10-31Oct 31, 2019

At this point (10/31/19 7am) the Kincade fire is 60% contained. That's good news for people and communities impacted, but firefighters are far from finished. There are still evacuation zones enforced near the fire, but power and gas services are being restored throughout Sonoma County.

2019-10-30Oct 30, 2019

NO RESTRICTIONS:The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office is lifting the evacuation orders and warnings in the following areas. Stay vigilant. Much of these areas do not have power or natural gas due to the power shutoff. If you hear the hi-lo sirens, it’s time to evacuate. There will still be more peace officers in your neighborhood. Some areas are without power and gas.

2019-10-26Oct 26, 2019

Fire Update - please stay connected to SoCoEmergency Services for constant updates.  Winds are predicted to pick up tonight to alarming speeds - power is still on in many locations, but scheduled shut-offs are in process. Evacuation Centers are uo and running to accommodate evacuated communities...see below.  It's easy to think it won't happen but it IS happening for thousands of people.

2019-10-25Oct 25, 2019

As of 7:44 am, Friday, October 25. From many miles away we can hear helicopters and feel ash falling from the sky. This sets off PTSD for the entire county. Perfect fire weather now with smoke filling the air across Sonoma County. Everyone's paying attention and feeling concern. Power has been shut off since Wednesday afternoon in the area that became the fire zone. Evacuations are in effect and emergency centers are established.

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