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2019-11-09Nov 9, 2019

Sonoma County Subway® Restaurants Host Emergency Service Personnel Week Nov. 10-17 

Sonoma County Subway® Restaurants offering free meals to firefighters and other emergency service personnel; proceeds of meal sales will benefit fire relief services 

 

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.

2019-10-29Oct 29, 2019

Situation Summary: A Red Flag warning continues through Wednesday afternoon, and windy conditions are expected until midnight. Narrow roads and steep terrain are still making access to the fire areas difficult, but firefighters will continue to mitigate structure threats and find opportunities construct more control lines.

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.

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

We are celebrating our 14th year of serving the community in a different way… selling Christmas trees. As many of you know, we purchased the Del Davis Tree Farm on Highway 116, just below Green Valley Road, to be the location of our new fire station. For the 7th year, we will feature pre-cut Noble, Nordmann, and other trees from a certified, sustainably-grown tree farm in Oregon. They are kept in water so they will last significantly longer and be safer in your homes

2019-10-22Oct 22, 2019

The Healthcare Foundation Northern Sonoma County, through the Wildfire Mental Health Collaborative, offers free help for those recovering from the devastating fires of 2017. The Collaborative’s goal is to ensure that Sonoma County residents learn to recognize the signs of mental health distress and have access to resources and services for personal recovery, as well as long-term healing and resiliency skill-building. Working with mental health experts from local and national associations, as well as a network of clinics and nonprofits, the Collaborative has put together a county-wide approach to healing that includes evidence-based methods. 

2019-10-20Oct 20, 2019

'Not Tonight' By Sarah Van Mantgem - Poem Inspired while laying in bed, trying to sleep through the wind and fear, during red flag warnings and power outages ... October 10, 2019

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

Preparations began September 24, 2019 for a long-awaited project that will remove standing dead fuel on two large properties in the heart of the Tubbs fire footprint. This project, funded by the CA Department of Fish and Wildlife with cost share from the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and managed by the Sonoma Resource Conservation District (RCD), will improve forest and watershed health while reducing fuel loads and future fire risk. By implementing forest management prescriptions on over 160 acres, and subsequently conducting erosion reduction treatments on over 3 miles of hydrologically connected roads, the project will improve summer streamflows and prevent an estimated 3,225 cubic yards of sediment from entering Mark West Creek, home to endangered coho salmon and threatened steelhead trout.

2019-11-06Nov 6, 2019

Hazardous Household Waste clean up will begin on Tuesday, November 12 and is expected to take up to 3 weeks. The Kincade Fire has had a devastating impact on Sonoma County, just as our community continues to recover from the 2017 Sonoma Complex Fires. As of today, 77,758 acres have burned, 374 structures have been destroyed, 174 of which are residences, and an additional 60 have been damaged, 34 of which are residences. These numbers include destroyed properties in Sonoma, Napa, and Lake counties.

2019-09-30Sep 30, 2019

Like your own emergency kit, the ones you create for your animals should include three to five days of food, water and medications. Some suggestions not mentioned frequently are good photos - especially close up so you can see unique features that make identifying your pet easier. CHIP your pet! Wouldn’t it be wonderful is every pet that was lost during the 2017 fire found its owner? The ones with chips were easy to identify. The ones without ... well...some never found their owners. Putting a notice on your door when you evacuate let’s people know what pets live on your property.

2019-09-27Sep 27, 2019

anta Rosa, CA – Sonoma County was recently awarded $586,739 in Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to support projects that mitigate seismic and wildfire hazards throughout the County. The awards come after an extensive application and review period that followed the Sonoma Complex Fires.  After the 2017 Fires, we immediately started identifying available grants to help our community recover.” said Board of Supervisors Chair David Rabbitt. The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funds will increase public safety in Sonoma County. The California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) administers these federal funds which require a total of $195,580 in local match funding. 

2019-08-29Aug 29, 2019

There are still tall, dry grasses, dead limbs on trees, wooden privacy fences right up against houses, landscape mulch that all the fire services tell us is highly flammable and spreads fire in high winds. At a recent presentation by CAL FIRE and State Senator Mike McGuire, we learned that the state of California is taking this all very seriously. They no longer consider us to have a fire SEASON. It’s ALL year. CAL FIRE is replacing Vietnam era helicopters with Black Hawk helicopter. They keep airplanes loaded with fire-retardant rather than loading them when fires begin. They have more people-power than ever before, trained and ready. 

2019-08-21Aug 21, 2019

There are important ballot measures coming to you this fall in Gold Ridge, Graton, and Occidental. We need your support and participation to ensure the future of the West County fire services. Sonoma County fire departments are undergoing significant changes with some failing and others combining to become sustainable; it was time for our West County fire board directors to make some hard decisions to ensure the safety of our residents.

2019-08-20Aug 20, 2019

On Saturday, August 24th, residents of the Cavedale-Trinity community are invited to participate in the County of Sonoma’s first evacuation drill. The drill will take place from 8 A.M. to 10 A.M., and is part of a larger effort to prepare for wildfires and other potential disasters.

 

2019-08-20Aug 20, 2019

Rebuild NorthBay Foundation (RNBF) and United Way of Wine Country (UWWC) are pleased to announce their new partnership in the RiseUp Community Impact Grants program. The RiseUp Community Impact Grants program is supporting the long-term rebuild of our region as a more sustainable and resilient community. With this partnership, the program will fund up to $400,000 in grants that fill identified gaps in rebuilding, wildfire prevention and preparedness, and long-term resilience. The RiseUp Community Grants program was launched by Rebuild NorthBay Foundation in Spring of 2019 to provide support for the long-term recovery and rebuilding of Sonoma, Napa, Lake, and Mendocino Counties.

2019-08-20Aug 20, 2019

Coffey Strong, in partnership with AshBritt Environmental and Rebuild NorthBay Foundation, is pleased to announce the completion of the Hopper Walls Project.  A dedication will take place on Saturday, August 24th at 10am @ Coffey Lane and Hopper Avenue, at the northeast corner.  Santa Rosa Mayor Tom Schwedhelm noted, “This project is symbolic of our rebuild efforts and what can happen when a community comes together as one to rebuild neighborhoods and lives.”

2019-08-11Aug 11, 2019

The California Public Resources Code (PRC 4295.5) gives utilities the right “to prune trees to maintain clearances pursuant to Section [PRC} 4293, and to abate, by pruning or removal, any hazardous, dead, rotten, diseased, or structurally defective live trees.”  The standards require a clearance of 4 feet around power lines in high fire-threat areas with recommended minimum clearances of 12 feet or more at time of prune to ensure compliance year-round. The enhanced vegetation safety work that is happening in West County and other High Fire-Threat Districts (outlined below) meets and exceeds the CPUC requirements.

2019-08-01Aug 1, 2019

Local fire departments and state inspectors have been coming on to private and public property, unannounced, to inspect for potential fire risk.

Yes, this is legal and it’s necessary.

People still aren’t getting the message that fire risk is REAL and every person is responsible for where they live and work.

2019-07-24Jul 24, 2019

Soon, fire departments in Sonoma County will fly red flags marked “High Fire Danger” when the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service issues red flag warnings. This new initiative is part of the READY,SET, GO! Program promoted by the Sonoma County Fire Chiefs Association and Fire Safe Sonoma, and funded by the Pacific Gas and Electric Company. A “red flag warning” means that critical fire weather conditions will occur due to strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures. 

2019-11-06Nov 6, 2019

Permit Sonoma is conducting initial damage assessments on an estimated 59buildings damaged by the Kincade Fire. Rapid Evaluation Safety Assessment, also known as RESA,allows people to inhabit and use safe homes and businesses, and ensures that people are prohibited from entering unsafe structures.

2019-07-18Jul 18, 2019

Defensible Space is space that can be defended. It’s as simple as that. If you prepare your home and neighborhood so that it doesn’t burst into flames and spread rapidly from home to home, it can be defended. Take a look around...

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

 

2019-07-13Jul 13, 2019

At a recent community meeting, a woman spoke in frustration...“Why do we expect public services to take care of what we should take care of ourselves? She’s part of a community group who is taking emergency preparation into their own hands. In an emergency, of any kind, there are only so many First Responders available. They will be busy. Map Your Neighborhood (MYN) & Citizens Organized to Prepare for Emergencies (COPE)  are systems people are adopting because it puts them in charge of their own needs and lives. Local governments are supporting this effort by hiring an educational leader who holds classes for neighborhod leaders and also will come to local meetings to help guide people through the process of being prepared for any emergency...fire, flood, and earthquakes.

2019-07-13Jul 13, 2019
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?

2019-06-26Jun 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.

2019-06-18Jun 18, 2019

Santa Rosa, CA - Today, the City of Santa Rosa and the County of Sonoma, together with seven other counties and cities, announced that they and PG&E have accepted a mediator’s proposal of $415 million to resolve the collective cities’ and counties’ North Bay Fires claims. The mediator’s proposal is exclusive of and does not affect the claims of any residents, individuals, or businesses. 

2019-05-30May 30, 2019

It took me a while to feel like I belonged in Forestville.  Decades spent heading east to work in Santa Rosa meant Forestville was for weekend errands.  It was actually going to the Town Halls that got me interested in getting more out of my community.  There I got to see how I fit in.  Last month’s Town Hall had 175 people show up to learn how together we can make our community safer.  

2019-11-06Nov 6, 2019

Sonoma County Farm Bureau needs your help to find those in our agricultural community who have been impacted by the recent wildfires and also individuals who are willing to help.  https://sonomafb.org/kincade-fire-recovery-resources-help/. Residents impacted by the Kincade Fire can access recovery services and resources at the Local Assistance Center (LAC) which will open Monday, November 4, 2019 at the Healdsburg Community Center, 1557 Healdsburg Ave. The LAC will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily through Wednesday, November 6, 2019. The LAC may remain open after this date if needed. Language access services, including Spanish interpretation will be available.

2019-11-03Nov 3, 2019

The second anniversary for one of the deadliest wildfires in CA history has come and gone, with deep reflections and emotions still raw in our community. We learned during the October 2017 Sonoma County firestorms that readiness and coordination are not to be taken lightly. ­­­Voting has been open for the West Sonoma County Fire Departments of Gold Ridge, Graton, and Occidental since October 7th, with all three departments seeking voter approval of parcel taxes to bolster services. While the three measures are unique funding strategies, there are commonalities shared across districts. 

2019-11-03Nov 3, 2019

No acreage growth overnight as personnel continue to make good headway in their fire fighting efforts. Because of this progress, repopulation planning efforts are ongoing and the field damage inspection process is 100% complete. Crews will continue their progress as they mop up and construct more control lines.

2019-11-02Nov 2, 2019

As our community arrives at the 2-year anniversary of the 2017 North Bay Fires on October 8th, we are reminded about our vulnerabilities, our struggles to recover, and our continued need for resiliency. Fire and emergency services have been elevated issues over the past two years. They deserve our attention, our respect, and our support. As fire departments countywide are grappling with how to best serve their communities, the local Fire Protection District Boards of Directors in Graton, Gold Ridge and Occidental have decided to take matters into their own hands by placing funding measures on the ballot for a special election this November 5th. 

2019-11-01Nov 1, 2019

Repopulation and Evacuation Orders reduced 

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.

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