IMG 1282As we head into summer, homeowners are looking for ways to protect their properties from wildfire. KRCB's Adia White attended an event at the Santa Rosa Junior College Training Center hosted by the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety. The highlight of the event was a demonstration burn to showcase which building materials are the most flammable.

 As the two-year anniversary of the North Bay fires approaches, those who lost their homes are racing to meet a deadline to finish rebuilding.  In the first part of this report, we shared expert tips about hardening your home to lessen the risk of wildfire. In the second part of this report, KRCB’s Adia White covers industry specialists' advice for home insurance policyholders.  

(Image right: The shingle walled structure on the far left burned the fastest while the wood-paneled structure burned slightly. The poly fiber cement structure on the right hardly burned. Credit: Adia White)

For tips on how to protect your home from wildfire visit CAL fire's defensible space website here.

 

 

Environmental News

NorCal News

  • fie HOPE counsel wheelwright
    July 15, 2019

    California HOPE Crisis Counseling Ends

    The California HOPE crisis counseling program ended on June 30th. The program was funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help survivors cope with trauma after the October wildfires. KRCB’s Adia White spoke with California HOPE project manager Wendy Wheelwright about the work…
  • Kaiser Permanente Building After Northridge Earthquake
    July 09, 2019

    Host of KPCC's The Big One Podcast Shares Earthquake Tips

    Southern California was hit by two large earthquakes last week. One was a magnitude 7.1; the largest recorded in the state in twenty years. It’s a reminder that the next one could be centered in downtown Los Angeles or San Francisco. Southern California Public Radio station KPCC released a podcast…
  • Hairspray at BAM 2019 26
    July 09, 2019

    'Hairspray': The Perfect Musical for this Moment

    It’s a time capsule of a time capsule, looking back to the 1988 John Waters film, the 2002 Tony-winning Broadway musical and the 2007 film starring John Travolta. So why does Hairspray seem so fresh and of the moment in its summer 2019 San Francisco incarnation? Maybe it’s the lineage of the…
  • 1790Presidiowithcaption
    July 03, 2019

    California on Independence Day in 1776

    This Fourth of July, we take a look at what California was like on Independence Day in 1776. From our partners at North State Public Radio, we’re proud to present this holiday special. Kim Weir is the host of Up the Road and a former news reporter with North State Public Radio. Weir is also the…
  • exiled cover
    Jul 03, 2019

    Book Tells Stories of Refugees Exiled 'Home' to Cambodia

    Exiled is author Katya Cengel’s recent book about Cambodian refugees in California. In the light of current refugee policies, it’s instructive to…
  • Supervisor David Rabbitt at his desk
    Jul 03, 2019

    Sonoma County Struggles With Property Tax Loss from 2017 Fires

    Mid-June, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors adopted a 1.78-billion-dollar budget for the next fiscal year. The new budget resulted in 14 million…
  • Donner Lofts
    Jul 02, 2019

    State Bill to Boost Housing Density Stalls in the Legislature

    This spring, there was strong support in the state legislature for senate bill 50. SB 50 would have rewritten zoning laws to allow for more housing…
  • IMG 1048
    Jun 29, 2019

    Teenage Vaping on the Rise in Sonoma County

    In 2018 the U.S. surgeon general declared teenage vaping a national epidemic. Local publisher Sonoma West published an investigation into the growing…
  • UnitedInKindness
    Jun 28, 2019

    Sonoma County Interfaith Council Denounces Hate

    Hate crimes are on the rise across the nation and here in the North Bay. In response, The Interfaith Council of Sonoma County started a campaign to…
  • IMG 0934
    Jun 19, 2019

    KRCB Wins Three Awards from the Public Radio Journalists Association

    Sarah Bohannon and Steve Mencher accept the award for "Letter from Santa Rosa."NorCal Public Media won three national journalism awards for projects…
  • Tubbs
    Jun 18, 2019

    PG&E Agrees to $415 Million Settlement for North Bay Fires

    PG&E has agreed to pay $415 million to North Bay cities and counties for damages from the 2017 wildfires. Officials have still not decided how the…
  • Board of Supes meeting
    Jun 13, 2019

    Sonoma County Board of Supervisors Finalizes Budget

    The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors finalized the county’s budget on Friday. In their final vote, they determined how the county’s $1.78 billion…
  • Jun 11, 2019

    A Statewide Flex Alert Calls for Energy Conservation on Tuesday, June 11

    FOLSOM, Calif. – Due to high temperatures and high energy demand, the California Independent System Operator Corporation (ISO) has issued a statewide…
  • Narcan
    Jun 11, 2019

    Petaluma Business Leaders Work to Prevent Opioid Deaths

    On average, there are 44 deaths related to drug overdose in Sonoma County per year. That’s according to the County Department of Health Services.…

Northern California
Public Media Newsletter

Get the latest updates on programs and events.