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A large burn scar can be seen from space where the Kincade Fire has burned through Sonoma County, California. The image was taken on Nov. 3, 2019, by the ASTER instrument aboard NASA's Terra satellite. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech labeled for non-commercial re-use
A large burn scar can be seen from space where the Kincade Fire has burned through Sonoma County, California. The image was taken on Nov. 3, 2019, by the ASTER instrument aboard NASA's Terra satellite. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech labeled for non-commercial re-use

County Conducts Initial
Fire Damage Assessments

Nov 6, 2019

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Local inspectors pave the way for people to safely use homes and businesses in burn zoneSANTA ROSA, CA – 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 prohibitedfrom entering unsafe structures. RESA inspections occur before home and business owners are allowed to re-enter damagedstructures. Damage levels are color-coded, as follows:

Green (Inspected) - Buildings may be damaged yet remain safe, and can be inhabited. 

Yellow (Restricted Use) - There is some risk from damage in all or part of the building but the fullextent of damage may be uncertain or cannot be ascertained within the time and resources availableto a Rapid Evaluation team. Buildings with yellow tags have limited use, with case-by-caserestrictions. For example, certain portions of a home may not be inhabitable until a permit has beenissued and repairs are made.

Red (Unsafe) - Buildings are damaged and pose an imminent threat to life or safety, and may not beinhabited.  It’s important to note that even buildings that are tagged “inspected” or “restricted use” may have areas in or around them that are unsafe.

RESA Inspectors are experienced building construction and engineering professionals who have been certified through the California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES). The inspectors will be clearly identifiable and able to present agency credentials upon request.

Property owners whose homes or buildings have been damaged or destroyed in the fire are

encouraged to visit the Local Assistance Center (LAC) to ask questions, obtain resources, and apply for assistance programs. For more information about the LAC, please visit   https://socoemergency.org/local-assistance-center/  .

In addition, assistance is available at Permit Sonoma, 2550 Ventura Avenue, Santa Rosa. The permit center is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, except Wednesdays, when it is open from 10:30 AM to 4:00 PM. More information available at    https://sonomacounty.ca.gov/Permit-Sonoma/  .

For additional information, please visit    www.socoemergency.org  .

 

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