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2020-03-07Mar 7, 2020

A wildfire suppression plan adopted at the end of 2019 by the California Board of Forestry could cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars but will do very little to actually reduce fire risk for communities in Sonoma County and throughout the state. Fire safety experts and environmental protection advocates filed suit on January 28 to block the new Vegetation Treatment Program (VTP) from going into effect.

2019-12-29Dec 29, 2019

Check out Sonoma County Crab Feeds in January through early March. The Dungeness crab is by far the most popular crab served at events, as it is caught off  our own Pacific shores.

2019-12-25Dec 25, 2019

At Stage 1, Once a federal disaster declaration is made, the County meets with FEMA and Cal OES to determine scope of damage, address application procedures, requirements for eligibility and documentation, project planning, and funding options. Followed by Stage 2; site visits, Stage 3; design and Stage 4; engineering and construction.

2019-12-17Dec 17, 2019

Effective 12/09/2019, the burn permit suspension in Sonoma, Lake, Napa, Solano, Yolo and Colusa counties was lifted by Cal Fire. Those possessing current and valid agriculture and residential burn permits can resume burning on permissible burn days. Residents are asked to use caution while conducting burns, follow all guidelines, and to maintain control of the fire at all times. Individuals can be held civilly and/or criminally liable for allowing a fire to escape their control.

2019-12-07Dec 7, 2019

In Final Major Settlement, PG&E Reaches Agreement to Resolve Individual Claims Relating to the 2017 and 2018 Wildfires and the 2015 Butte Fire PG&E Has Now Reached Settlements with All Major Groups of Wildfire Claimants PG&E Achieves Fully-Funded Equity Backstop Commitments Company on Path to Making Major Changes Necessary to Exit Bankruptcy Ahead of June 30, 2020, Deadline

2019-12-05Dec 5, 2019

Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to California businesses and residents affected by the Kincade Fire that occurred Oct. 23 - Nov. 7, 2019, announced acting Administrator Christopher M. Pilkerton of the U.S. Small Business Administration. SBA acted under its own authority to declare a disaster in response to a request SBA received from Gov. Gavin Newsom’s designated representative, Mark S. Ghilarducci, director of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services on Nov. 14, 2019.


2019-11-21Nov 21, 2019

On November 5th, the voters within the Gold Ridge Fire Protection District voted on Measure E which would increase funding to enhance the level of service that we currently provide to our residents. The measure is passing with 70.55% of the voting public approving the measure. Graton volunteer firefighters are collecting new, unwrapped toys for at least 30 children of all ages. Graton Fire Christmas Tree Farm: Thu-Sun 9-5Yes! We are open for our 14th season! 

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 


2019-11-06Nov 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.

2019-11-06Nov 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.

2019-11-06Nov 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. 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.

2020-02-28Feb 28, 2020

For fSonoma County farmworkers wildfire smoke has now become a challenging health hazard . Seven of the ten most destructive wildfires in California have occurred in the last five years — three in Sonoma County. Wildfire smoke contains high levels of microscopic particulate matter that can affect cardiovascular health, reduce lung function, and increase the risks of respiratory disorders. Sonoma County health officer, Dr. Celeste Phillips, told Kaiser Health News that the best way for workers to stay safe is to limit time outdoors.

Most farmworkers are paid by the shift and cannot afford time off–particularly during peak harvest, which now extends into the dry, hot, and windy fall conditions most conducive to wildfires. Most farmworkers have no paid sick leave and are ineligible for unemployment benefits. Undocufund, established in 2017 by county labor, faith, and immigrant rights organizations to assist unauthorized immigrants harmed by the fires reports that one of the most common hardships for undocumented residents who need assistance is sudden income loss due to evacuation, lost workdays and/or job loss. 

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.

2019-11-01Nov 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.

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

2020-02-28Feb 28, 2020

The following Permit Sonoma agenda items are scheduled for discussion at upcoming Board of Supervisors, Board of Zoning Adjustments, Planning Agency, or Planning Commission meetings. These items have been identified as being of significant interest to the public.


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

2019-02-26Feb 26, 2019

We’ve lost a longtime treasured member of the community. 77-year-old Bill Fink was well known by many as a kind and smart man who would always be in the annual parade flashing one of his beautiful Morgan sports cars. He imported, collected, modified, sold, worked on and of course loved to drive these vintage British cars. Access to links to watch 3 part video series riding Morgan car in Sonoma County with Bill Fink.

2019-02-09Feb 9, 2019

Each Sonoma County library branch will host three separate classes on topics relating to emergency preparedness: Emergency Kits and Go Bags, Family Planning (and your pets, too!), and Sources of Information and Community Support. Learn what you need in your emergency kit, create a solid evacuation plan and establish your sources of information and community support system by attending classes at your local library.

2020-02-20Feb 20, 2020

Annual Polenta and Beef Stew Dinner Fundraiser to support the Bodega Volunteer Fire Department. Saturday March 7th, 2020, 5-8 pm. The Forestville Firefighters Association will be hosting the annual Forestville Community Easter Egg Hunt. The event isApril 4th beginning at 10AM at the Forestville Youth Park

2020-02-16Feb 16, 2020

Thanks to a generous grant from CAL FIRE, we’ll be discussing: Community Wildfire Protection Plans, Roadside fuel reduction work, Old Skaggs Springs Road, Stewarts Point-Skaggs Springs Road, Residential defensible space projects and more.

2020-02-04Feb 4, 2020

California’s Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) has awarded $67 million for landscape-scale land management projects intended to restore and maintain healthy forests, conserve working forests, and enhance carbon storage in California’s forests. CAL FIRE funded 17 Forest Health grants, targeting over 130,000 acres of California’s forestlands for restoration through a suite of activities. 

2020-01-31Jan 31, 2020

PG&E submitted testimony in the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) Plan of Reorganization proceeding and filed its updated Plan with the Bankruptcy Court. New Filings Provide Update on Key Elements of Plan to Exit Bankruptcy as a Reimagined Utility Company’s Bankruptcy Plan Is on Track to be Confirmed by June 30 So PG&E Can Pay Victims and Participate in the State’s Go-Forward Wildfire Fund.  

2020-01-24Jan 24, 2020

The Forestville Fire District's paid and volunteer staff participated in 803 hours of in-house training and logged over 8,756 hours responding to 1,033 calls for service during the 2019 calendar year. As 2019 ended, the firefighters of the Graton Fire Protection District completed 813 calls.  Sebastopol Fire Department 2019 Annual Recap Incidents Year-to-Date wa 1306 - A New Record! The russian River Fire Protection district ended the year at 1,828 incidents. Bodega Volunteer Fire Department responded to a record high of 212 emergency calls, a 11% increase over last year. 2019 was Bodega Fire Volunteer Protection district's call response years ever.

2020-01-14Jan 14, 2020

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) is alerting customers, especially in the North Bay and North Coast, to be aware of ongoing scam phone calls with criminals threatening to shut off power if a payment is not made. There have been double the number of scam attempts, compared to this time last year. PG&E will not ask for personal information or a credit card number over the phone. Anyone who has received such a phone call and provided credit card or checking account information should report it immediately to the credit card company or bank and law enforcement.



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