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2020-05-08May 8, 2020

This program is intended to help residents create defensible space around occupied homes and reduce vegetation along access routes.
We will chip for up to 2 hours with no charge to the resident! Jobs longer than 2 hours may be the responsibility of the property owner. 

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.

 

 

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

2019-02-26Feb 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.

2020-05-05May 5, 2020

Residents must obtain permits from their localAir Quality Management District. In the SRA, a CAL FIRE permit is required in addition to an air quality permit. An online application provides a convenient alternative to obtaining a CAL FIRE permit.

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.

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. 

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.

 

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.  

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