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PG&E facing criminal charges over Kincade fire

By Marc Albert Pacific Gas & Electric faces five new felony and 28 misdemeanor charges related to the Kincade Fire. Sonoma County authorities Tuesday filed suit against the utility over widespread devastation caused by the 2019 fire. The company stands accused of recklessness, negligence, failure to maintain its equipment or comply with regulators over its role in the massive blaze. According to Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch's office, CalFire traced the fire's start to equipment on a PG&E transmission line near The Geysers that failed in high winds, ultimately shooting molten metal into dry vegetation. The fire ignited on the night of October 23rd 2019, sparking the evacuation of all residents of Geyserville, Healdsburg and Windsor. Ultimately, four people were hurt, including a firefighter who suffered severe injuries.…
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Local Non-Profits Running Out of Funding for Fire Aid

Many nonprofits are running out of aid for families who lost their homes or income during the Kincade Fire. KRCB’s Adia White visited one local non-profit, seated in the heart of the disaster area, to find out how much need is unmet. For an updated list of recovery resources, click here.

California Burning, Episode 4: The Wildland/Urban Interface – Sunday at 10am

On the fourth episode of California Burning, we focus on the issues surrounding fires where the urban and wild spaces meet. We hear from people who have experienced some of the most tragic fires in California’s history from the Thomas Fire that caused lethal debris flows in Santa Barbara, the Tubbs Fire that ravaged neighborhoods Santa Rosa, and the Camp Fire which destroyed over 19,000 homes in the town of Paradise. We also join up with a forest thinning operation in Magalia that slowed down the Camp Fire - and made it possible for firefighters to save much of the town and protect the area’s water supply from fire contamination. Hear California Burning Sunday morning at 10 am on KRCB FM Radio 91.

Sonoma County EDB Opens Disaster Loan Outreach Center for Kincade Fire Victims

Low-interest federal disaster loans are now available to California businesses and residents affected by the Kincade Fire that occurred October 23 – November 7, 2019. Beginning Wednesday, Nov. 20, representatives from the Small Business Administration will be on hand at the Sonoma County Disaster Loan Outreach Center to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program, explain the application process and help each individual complete their application. The center will be open on weekdays, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, until further notice. No appointment is necessary. Find the Disaster Loan Outreach Center at the Sonoma County Office of Education Teacher Learning Center, at 5340 Skylane Boulevard, Santa Rosa, CA 95403. The center will be closed Thanksgiving Thursday and Friday, November 28-19. For more information, visit…
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Impacts Expected on Russian River After Kincade Fire

The Russian River provides water to as many as 700,000 local residents; close to a million visitors use the river for recreation in the summer. Reporter Pamela Lorence visited Healdsburg last week to meet with Don McEnhill, the head of the nonprofit group Russian Riverkeeper. He told her how wildfires, like the Kincaid fire, affect the river and its watershed. (Image: Russian River at Guerneville. Credit: Wikimedia Commons)
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Healdsburg Residents Undeterred by Kincade Fire

After the Kincade fire, there’s some talk of folks pulling up stakes — tired of the alerts, the blackouts, the evacuations. But for two residents of Healdsburg, the latest fire has only deepened their love of home. Pamela Lorence has the story. (Photo: Healdsburg Downtown. Credit: Prayitno via Flickr)
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A Year After the Camp Fire, Survivors Share Stories of Loss and Healing

A year ago today, 85 lives and over 13,000 homes were lost in the Camp Fire. With so much lost, resilience means something different to everyone. NSPR's Sarah Bohannon tells us how survivors are sharing their process of healing with others. (Image: Jessica Tunis at the Tubbs Fire anniversary. Credit: Steve Mencher. To learn more about Jessica Tunis' plans for a memorial, listen to this story.
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Building Resilience After Tragedy

Friday marks one year since the devastating Camp Fire. The anniversary, in addition to the Kincade Fire, will trigger traumatic memories for many in our community. But hardship can be used to build strength. Joyce-Mikal Flynn is a professor of nursing at California State University Sacramento and the author of the book Turning Tragedy into Triumph. North State Public Radio’s Sarah Bohannon spoke with her about what people can do to gain control over fear. (Image: The Camp Fire as seen from space on Nov. 8, 2018. Credit: Courtesy NASA Earth Observatory image by Joshua Stevens)
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KBBF Radio Santa Rosa Updates Community During Kincade Fire

Our neighbor and partner KBBF FM Radio 89.1 has been recognized with two feature stories about their heroic efforts to make sure our community stayed informed during the recent Kincade Fire. For the station, jumping into action was second nature, after they played a similar role in the community in 2017, saving lives with timely and accurate information for their bilingual audience. In addition, there are many languages spoken by immigrants other than Spanish, and KBBF works to transmit information in indigenous languages spoken by many in the community. From the Los Angeles Times: As the Kincade fire raged on, a Cesar Chavez-inspired public affairs radio station kept farmworkers informed SANTA ROSA, Calif. — The farmworkers who called Francisco Pardo the morning after the Kincade fire began were more anxious than usual. Some hadn’t…
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2017 Lessons Saved Lives and Property During Kincade Fire

In an article last week, Laura Hagar, editor of the Sonoma West Times and News asked the question we're all asking: How was the loss of property and life from the Kincade Fire minimized, even as it grew to twice the size of 2017's Tubbs Fire? Read Laura Hagar's article: Changing Fire Policy Shapes Battle Against Kincade Laura talked with KRCB news director Steve Mencher about her findings. (Image: Kincade burn scar, showing town of Healdsburg. Credit: JPL/NASA)

'Halloween Do-Over' Brings Joy to Healdsburg After Fire

by Matt Villano When it became clear that Healdsburg was downgrading its evacuation status on Halloween, two local women figured most people would miss out on the typical trick-or-treat experience. The women, Elena Halvorsen and Mandy Carpenter, both have kids in the local public school, and both…

Local Assistance Center Will Open Today Through Wednesday in Healdsburg

All County of Sonoma offices will be open for business Monday, November 4, at 8 am. To better serve residents directly impacted by the Kincade Fire, the County will open a Local Assistance Center (LAC) Monday through Wednesday, November 6, at the Healdsburg Community Center, 1557 Healdsburg Avenue.…

Code Blue Advisory Especially Concerning for Those Living Outside

Sonoma County issued a code blue advisory, meaning near-freezing temperatures are expected in the county over the next few days. The weather, in addition to hazardous air from smoke, means sleeping outside this week is especially perilous. KRCB’s Adia White tells us what’s being done for those…

For Many Survivors, Kincade Fire Brings Back Trauma

As the Kincade fire continues to burn in Sonoma County, many are reliving the nightmare of wildfires they’ve survived in the past. Reporter Adia White has the story. This story was produced in collaboration with North State Public Radio’s Sarah Bohannon. For mental health services, vist our fire…

How to Prepare for Fires, Power Outages and Other Emergencies

Have an Evacuation Plan Review Sonoma County's current incident page. This map will be updated to display the latest county emergency. It will not be active if there is no emergency. Review CAL FIRE'S evacuation guide and make a plan. Stay Up To Date Sign up for emergency notifications and monitor…

California Burning Podcast: Using Fire to Protect Forests

We take a look at fire prevention techniques that have been used in California for thousands of years. Matt Fidler, the creator of the podcast and radio series “California Burning” reports, that native Californians used fire to maintain the land and also their culture for thousands of years.

Kincade Fire Update: Kincade Fire Fully Contained

Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019. The Kincade Fire burned 77,758 acres and is fully contained. 374 structures were destroyed and four people were injured. All evacuations have been lifted at this time; however, the Sonoma County Public Health Order is still in place. For any inquiries about this health order,…

Survivors of Camp Fire and Tubbs Fire Look Back and Ahead

Over the past two weeks, art lovers have been visiting studios throughout Sonoma County. Art Trails, which organizes the visits, was about to start two years ago, when the Tubbs Fire raced through Santa Rosa. Artist Bill Gittins was ready to display several hundred of his paintings and prints but…

Two Fire Survivors Remember Lost Mothers and Seek Support

Tuesday. October 8, 5 pm. Santa Rosa Courthouse Square. A small group gathers to commemorate lives lost two years ago in the Sonoma Complex fire. News director Steve Mencher sought out two women who were moving through the crowd with purpose – Catharine Merkel seems almost serene. But she’s feeling…

Residents Observe Anniversary of the Sonoma Complex Fires

Community members gathered on Tuesday evening to observe the anniversary of the Sonoma Complex Fires. At the end of the service, organizers rang a bell 44 times in memory of those who lost their lives in the fires. KRCB’s Steve Mencher talked with assembly-member Jim Wood and former Santa Rosa…

Experts Showcase Fire Resistant Building Materials

As 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…

Stories from the Fire: Passion for Survival

Martin Zuniga is a sculptor and painter. His home was surrounded by fire in October 2017. Through a mentorship and teaching project with youth, Zuniga created a mural project that reflects themes of endurance, survival, and endurance. Listen:

Stories from the Fire: Out of the Fire

Mark “Mooka” Rennick, the owner of Prairie Sun Recording Studios, produced and performed on a benefit CD called “Out of the Fire.” The proceeds will go to replace the instruments musicians and music students lost in the fire. Listen:

Stories from the Fire: Marching On

Musician Eki Shola and her family narrowly escaped the North Bay Wildfires. Shola lost her home, instruments, and creative archive of music. She perseveres by creating new music that expresses her new appreciation for life. Music is a family affair with Eki Shola, her father has created new…

Stories from the Fire: Preserving Memories

New media artists Kimberly Koym-Murteira is preserving memories of the North Bay Wildfires through the unique medium of glass storage jars that project video footage. Koym-Murteira views this capture and display technique as a way to store and share memories that have shaped our community. Listen:

PG&E Bankruptcy Imminent; Banks Offer Billions in Financing

Four banks agreed on Jan. 22 to provide about $5.5 billion to PG&E, to ease the utility’s way through an expected Chapter 11 bankruptcy. KRCB News Director Steve Mencher spoke with Marisa Lagos of the California Politics & Government Desk at KQED about the latest news. Lagos also hosts KQED's…

Informe: Health Expert Mario Beteta Discusses Fire Trauma

En este segmento de Informe KBBF, Mario Beteta habla con Edgar Avila sobre cómo los incendios pueden tener repercusiones en la salud. En Español In this segment of Informe KBBF, Mario Beteta speaks with Edgar Avila about how health effects, including trauma, can be brought on by fires. When they…

Informe: Museum of Sonoma County Commemorates Fire

Inaugurado en octubre de 2018 y hasta finales de enero de 2019, el Museo del Condado de Sonoma presentó una exposición (Del incendio, una comunidad reflexiona y reconstruye) sobre las respuestas artísticas a los incendios forestales de octubre de 2017 en Sonoma y los condados circundantes. Esta…

Stories from the Fire: Arts are Healing

Guitarist Volker Strifler cannot imagine what it would be like for a musician to lose all of their instruments in a natural disaster. Instruments become a part of the musician. This inspired him to collaborate on the benefit music CD “Out of the Fire.” He believes we need to focus on the spirit as…

Stories from the Fire: Objects and Memory

Found object artist Adam Shaw and his family survived the North Bay Wildfires fighting back the flames around their Sonoma Valley home. The objects he has collected and curated are used within his evocative works of art to express the damage that trauma can inflict, and also the hope that it can…

Journalist Tess Vigeland Leads Camp Fire Reporting Effort

In a disaster we all have our jobs to do. There are firefighters, doctors, construction workers and there are journalists. Tess Vigeland, former host of public radio’s “Marketplace” decided what she could contribute to survivors of this year’s wildfires was her skills as a reporter and host. As the…

Coffey Strong Heads to Butte County to Share Advice

Representatives from the neighborhood group Coffey Strong will travel to Butte County this week to offer recovery advice to survivors of the Campfire. KRCB’s Adia White talked with Pamela Halsema about what she hopes to share with people who are now going through what she went through last year…

North Bay Residents Offer Hope, Aid to Camp Fire Evacuees

Thousands of people from Butte County remain displaced due to the Camp Fire. Though some evacuations in the town of Paradise were lifted, much of the area is still under an evacuation order. Some Sonoma County residents have decided to help by hosting evacuees free of charge in their Airbnbs.…

Santa Rosa Official Offers Advice to Camp Fire Survivors

Earlier this month, with the Camp Fire still raging, All Things Considered host Audie Cornish spoke with Santa Rosa’s Assistant City Manager David Guhin about rebuilding here in Sonoma County. They discussed lessons that might be passed on to our neighbors to the north and south devastated by…

Santa Rosa City Council Votes to Extend Renter Protections

The Santa Rosa City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to extend the city’s prohibition on rental housing price gouging. The ordinance will now remain in effect until October of 2019. As part of the ordinance, landlords will be barred from raising the rent by more than 10 percent. As has been…

California Seeks Input on Housing Recovery Funds

Representatives from the California Department of Housing and Community Development came to Santa Rosa Monday night to present their draft plan for how to spend $124 million in federal disaster funds to be used statewide. KRCB Reporter Adia White has more on who is eligible to apply for the money…

Santa Rosa Hosts 2018 California Economic Summit

Santa Rosa hosted the 2018 California Economic Summit on November 15th and 16th. Policy makers, business leaders and others came from across California to talk about how to improve the state’s economy and residents' quality of life. KRCB reporter Adia White has more on the innovative ideas shared…

Displaced Camp Fire Evacuees Consider What Comes Next

At least 56 people have been killed in the Camp Fire burning in Butte County. The fire is now 140,000 acres and 40 percent contained. Thousands of evacuees are still displaced from the fire and many are unsure of how to move forward. KRCB’s Adia White has this report on the recovery effort. The…

Camp Fire Evacuees Sleep in Cars, Tents in Chico Parking Lot

Firefighters are making progress on the Camp Fire, which is now 35 percent contained. The over 50,000 people evacuated from the area are now wondering when they will be able to return and what they will find when they do. KRCB’s Adia White went to the Walmart Park lot in Chico and has this report.…

Poor Air Quality Poses Health Hazard for Workers

Firefighters continue to battle the Camp Fire burning in Butte County, which is now at 135,000 acres and 35 percent contained. Air quality conditions throughout the North Bay remain poor due to the smoke. Reporter Adia White has more on the health implications for Sonoma County residents. Alejandro…

One Year After the Oct. Wildfires, Many Families Are Still Uprooted

On Monday night, The City of Santa Rosa invited the community to attend a ceremony and express themselves with chalk art in Courthouse Square. KRCB reporter Adia White met the Terrazas family there. She listened to the stories of 15-year-old Isabella and younger brother Jesse.Their family was…

One Year After the Oct. Wildfires, Many Families Are Still Uprooted

On Monday night, The City of Santa Rosa invited the community to attend a ceremony and express themselves with chalk art in Courthouse Square. KRCB reporter Adia White met the Terrazas family there. She listened to the stories of 15-year-old Isabella and younger brother Jesse.Their family was…

Coffey Park Resident Shares her Experience a Year after the Fires

This week we are remembering the night the wildfires ripped through our community. In observance of the anniversary of the fires, the City of Santa Rosa invited members of the community to illustrate their experiences with chalk in Courthouse Square. In this audio postcard, KRCB reporter Adia White…

Coffey Park Resident Shares her Experience a Year after the Fires

This week we are remembering the night the wildfires ripped through our community. In observance of the anniversary of the fires, the City of Santa Rosa invited members of the community to illustrate their experiences with chalk in Courthouse Square. In this audio postcard, KRCB reporter Adia White…

More Counseling Services Needed for Spanish Speakers

On the anniversary of the October wildfires, we have all been reminded of the trauma of last October. KRCB reporter Adia White looks at how this is affecting mental health for Spanish speakers as counseling services are not widely available in California HOPE counselor Georgina Tello Bugarin.…

Emergency Alert Test Lacks Spanish Translation for Broadcast

The Federal Emergency Management Agency or FEMA, requires that all government agencies provide equal access to information during disasters. KRCB reporter Adia White looks into how well agencies are complying with this requirement in the North Bay. Telecommunication tower. Photo Credit: Wikimedia…

Grand Jury Details Upgrades for Sonoma Emergency Response

Yesterday we heard about the report of the Sonoma County Civil Grand Jury –- a report that found serious shortcomings in the county’s emergency preparedness. One part of the jury’s report concerns the evacuation and sheltering of animals displaced in the wildfires. The report makes recommendations…

Grand Jury Details Upgrades for Sonoma Emergency Response

Yesterday we heard about the report of the Sonoma County Civil Grand Jury –- a report that found serious shortcomings in the county’s emergency preparedness. One part of the jury’s report concerns the evacuation and sheltering of animals displaced in the wildfires. The report makes recommendations…

Sonoma County Civil Grand Jury Faults Emergency Response

The anniversary of the October wildfires is coming next month. Even now, some aspect of the disaster is in the headlines nearly every day. After investigating the county’s response to the fires, the Sonoma County Civil Grand Jury issued its findings earlier this summer in a 55-page report (pdf).…

Sonoma County Civil Grand Jury Faults Emergency Response

The anniversary of the October wildfires is coming next month. Even now, some aspect of the disaster is in the headlines nearly every day. After investigating the county’s response to the fires, the Sonoma County Civil Grand Jury issued its findings earlier this summer in a 55-page report (pdf).…

Spanish Speakers Question Officials at Fire Recovery Event

On August 28, Sonoma County held its first wildfire recovery meeting entirely in Spanish – nearly 11 months after the October fires began. About a hundred people showed up at Lawrence Cook Middle School in Roseland to meet with county officials. Reporter Adia White was there and has more on…

Spanish Speakers Question Officials at Fire Recovery Event

On August 28, Sonoma County held its first wildfire recovery meeting entirely in Spanish – nearly 11 months after the October fires began. About a hundred people showed up at Lawrence Cook Middle School in Roseland to meet with county officials. Reporter Adia White was there and has more on…

Sonoma County Learning Lessons from October's Fires

Sonoma County is overhauling its emergency management division and changing the way it deals with fires and other disasters. This includes adding five new staff and about 2 million dollars to the department's funds. The county also plans to use community - wide wireless emergency alerts, which…

Sonoma County Learning Lessons from October's Fires

Sonoma County is overhauling its emergency management division and changing the way it deals with fires and other disasters. This includes adding five new staff and about 2 million dollars to the department's funds. The county also plans to use community - wide wireless emergency alerts, which…

Charles M. Schulz Museum to Host Auction for Wildfire Relief

The Charles M. Schulz Museum is hosting a silent auction September 29 to raise money for wildfire relief. This year’s hot item - doghouses, painted by local artists. The museum will be auctioning 13 of these doghouses and six of them are already on display in locations around Santa Rosa. KRCB…

Charles M. Schulz Museum to Host Auction for Wildfire Relief

The Charles M. Schulz Museum is hosting a silent auction September 29 to raise money for wildfire relief. This year’s hot item - doghouses, painted by local artists. The museum will be auctioning 13 of these doghouses and six of them are already on display in locations around Santa Rosa. KRCB…

Firefighters Make Progress on Largest California Wildfires

Firefighters continue to increase containment on the three largest wildfires burning in the state. The Carr Fire, Ranch Fire and Ferguson Fire are all over 60 percent contained. Due to progress on the Ferguson Fire, the Yosemite Valley is back open to residents and tourists. The Carr Fire continues…

Firefighters Make Progress on Largest California Wildfires

Firefighters continue to increase containment on the three largest wildfires burning in the state. The Carr Fire, Ranch Fire and Ferguson Fire are all over 60 percent contained. Due to progress on the Ferguson Fire, the Yosemite Valley is back open to residents and tourists. The Carr Fire continues…

Mendocino County Farm Saved from Ranch Fire by Quick Action

The Ranch Fire in Mendocino County threatened several properties at the top of Pine Avenue in Potter Valley, including Heartrock Mountain Farm, a cannabis operation near the Mendocino National Forest. Reporter Sarah Reith met up with cultivator Daniel Morford and a couple of friends who helped…

Mendocino County Farm Saved from Ranch Fire by Quick Action

The Ranch Fire in Mendocino County threatened several properties at the top of Pine Avenue in Potter Valley, including Heartrock Mountain Farm, a cannabis operation near the Mendocino National Forest. Reporter Sarah Reith met up with cultivator Daniel Morford and a couple of friends who helped…

Wildfire Season Prompts Another Look at Emergency Warnings in California

In the Santa Rosa hills, a set of lawn furniture remains on a burned lotDevastating wildfires continue to burn across the state. The Ranch Fire, burning in Mendocino County is now the largest in state history. The Carr Fire, in Shasta County has killed eight people and destroyed over a thousand…

Wildfire Season Prompts Another Look at Emergency Warnings in California

In the Santa Rosa hills, a set of lawn furniture remains on a burned lotDevastating wildfires continue to burn across the state. The Ranch Fire, burning in Mendocino County is now the largest in state history. The Carr Fire, in Shasta County has killed eight people and destroyed over a thousand…

Hopland Research Center in Mendocino Uses Fire as Learning Experience

Prescribed burn of chaparral at the Hopland Center. Such burns lessen the impact of wildfires. Photo by Evett KilmartinTwo-thirds of the more than 5,000 acre Hopland Research and Extension Center was scorched in the River Fire last week. Reporter Sarah Reith of KZYX in Mendocino County ventured…

Hopland Research Center in Mendocino Uses Fire as Learning Experience

Prescribed burn of chaparral at the Hopland Center. Such burns lessen the impact of wildfires. Photo by Evett KilmartinTwo-thirds of the more than 5,000 acre Hopland Research and Extension Center was scorched in the River Fire last week. Reporter Sarah Reith of KZYX in Mendocino County ventured…

After Wildfire Devastation Comes New Life; 'Gold Spot' Film on KRCB Aug. 7

Fires bring death and destruction, as anyone who has lived in Sonoma County can attest. But filmmaker Maya Khosla, whose documentary "Searching for the Gold Spot" plays on KRCB TV 22 August 7 at 9 p.m., discovered that fire also brings new life. She spoke with KRCB news director Steve Mencher about…

After Wildfire Devastation Comes New Life; 'Gold Spot' Film on KRCB Aug. 7

Fires bring death and destruction, as anyone who has lived in Sonoma County can attest. But filmmaker Maya Khosla, whose documentary "Searching for the Gold Spot" plays on KRCB TV 22 August 7 at 9 p.m., discovered that fire also brings new life. She spoke with KRCB news director Steve Mencher about…

Mendocino Fires Continue Burning; We Talk with Cal Fire for the Latest

Containment lines are growing around the Mendocino Complex Fires, but thousands of homes are still threatened. Firefighters are concerned because a red flag warning is in effect over part of the weekend. Reporter Adia White spoke with Cal Fire's Public Information Officer Tricia Austin for an…

Mendocino Fires Continue Burning; We Talk with Cal Fire for the Latest

Containment lines are growing around the Mendocino Complex Fires, but thousands of homes are still threatened. Firefighters are concerned because a red flag warning is in effect over part of the weekend. Reporter Adia White spoke with Cal Fire's Public Information Officer Tricia Austin for an…

New Evacuation Orders in Mendocino Complex Fires

The Mendocino Complex fires have consumed 110,166 acres and destroyed a combined 14 residences and 24 outbuildings. 12,200 structures remain under threat. The larger of the two fires, the Ranch Fire, is burning northeast of Ukiah and is 33 percent contained. The River Fire is burning near Hopland…

New Evacuation Orders in Mendocino Complex Fires

The Mendocino Complex fires have consumed 110,166 acres and destroyed a combined 14 residences and 24 outbuildings. 12,200 structures remain under threat. The larger of the two fires, the Ranch Fire, is burning northeast of Ukiah and is 33 percent contained. The River Fire is burning near Hopland…

Music and Poetry Begin the Healing Process After Deadly Fires

A look back at last Saturday’s Day of Remembrance at Santa Rosa Junior College. Let’s listen to the music and poetry that brought the audience of several hundred to tears… and to their feet repeatedly on a crystal clear and warm fall day. You’ll hear MC Pat Kerrigan of KSRO and young poet Vicente…

Music and Poetry Begin the Healing Process After Deadly Fires

A look back at last Saturday’s Day of Remembrance at Santa Rosa Junior College. Let’s listen to the music and poetry that brought the audience of several hundred to tears… and to their feet repeatedly on a crystal clear and warm fall day. You’ll hear MC Pat Kerrigan of KSRO and young poet Vicente…

Fire Recovery Series: PEER Sonoma

On this edition of the North Bay Report, our Fire Recovery Series continues with another organization built in the aftermath of the October fires to bring much needed support to our community. But instead of information or advocacy, today’s group deals with paper towels and toothpaste. Reporter: J.…

Fire Recovery Series: PEER Sonoma

On this edition of the North Bay Report, our Fire Recovery Series continues with another organization built in the aftermath of the October fires to bring much needed support to our community. But instead of information or advocacy, today’s group deals with paper towels and toothpaste. Reporter: J.…

Fire Recovery Series: Sonoma County Recovers

Six months after the fires, many in our community still need help. In this installment in our series on fire recovery services, we’ll look at a website updated with the latest recovery info on the North Bay Report. Learn how Sonoma County and Santa Rosa worked together to set up a website that…

Fire Recovery Series: Sonoma County Recovers

Six months after the fires, many in our community still need help. In this installment in our series on fire recovery services, we’ll look at a website updated with the latest recovery info on the North Bay Report. Learn how Sonoma County and Santa Rosa worked together to set up a website that…

The North Bay Fires Were Six Months Ago. What's Actually Changed?

By Marisa Lagos, Sukey Lewis and Lisa Pickoff-White Thursday, April 19 at 7:00pm - Six months after California's deadliest fires, officials at all levels of government are working to make changes to prevent the next fire from being so catastrophic. Among those developments: Changes to 911 scripts,…

The North Bay Fires Were Six Months Ago. What's Actually Changed?

By Marisa Lagos, Sukey Lewis and Lisa Pickoff-White Thursday, April 19 at 7:00pm - Six months after California's deadliest fires, officials at all levels of government are working to make changes to prevent the next fire from being so catastrophic. Among those developments: Changes to 911 scripts,…

Fire Recovery Series: Rebuild North Bay

Out of the ashes of the October fires grew a variety of organizations to help rebuild the county. Today begins a series looking into them to find out what makes each unique in what they bring to the recovery effort. To start off this series, reporter J. Mateo Baker looked into the Rebuild Northbay…

Fire Recovery Series: Rebuild North Bay

Out of the ashes of the October fires grew a variety of organizations to help rebuild the county. Today begins a series looking into them to find out what makes each unique in what they bring to the recovery effort. To start off this series, reporter J. Mateo Baker looked into the Rebuild Northbay…

News Stories

Despite major efforts, homelessness again rising in Sonoma County Despite hotel conversions, safe parking experiments and millions of dollars in emergency rental assistance, homelessness is still on the rise in Sonoma County. The annual, one-night "point-in-time" homeless census found nearly 3000…

Fire Recovery Reporting (2)

The wildfires throughout the Bay Area have brought great destruction, and presented a set of unique challenges to our communities. Employment, housing, municipal services, and disaster relief are now at the top of the agenda and in the forefront of our civic discussion. Northern California Public…

Insurance Issues Aired at Fire Town Hall

Yesterday we heard from new Board of Supervisors Chair James Gore speaking at a Town Hall on fire recovery Saturday morning. Today, news director Steve Mencher brings us back to the meeting – where we’ll hear from Mark Ghilarducci, head of the California Office of Emergency Services. Ghilarducci…

Insurance Issues Aired at Fire Town Hall

Yesterday we heard from new Board of Supervisors Chair James Gore speaking at a Town Hall on fire recovery Saturday morning. Today, news director Steve Mencher brings us back to the meeting – where we’ll hear from Mark Ghilarducci, head of the California Office of Emergency Services. Ghilarducci…

WORKSHOP: Financial Decision-Making for Wildfire Survivors

When: January 25, 2018 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm Where: Santa Rosa High School Gymnasium 1235 Mendocino Avenue - Santa Rosa, CA 95401 Homeowners whose insured homes were damaged or destroyed in the October 2017 wildfires are invited to attend a Roadmap to Recovery™ workshop presented by United…

WORKSHOP: Financial Decision-Making for Wildfire Survivors

When: January 25, 2018 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm Where: Santa Rosa High School Gymnasium 1235 Mendocino Avenue - Santa Rosa, CA 95401 Homeowners whose insured homes were damaged or destroyed in the October 2017 wildfires are invited to attend a Roadmap to Recovery™ workshop presented by United…

Map Identifies Areas at Risk of Flooding, Mudflows In Aftermath of Wildfires

Multiple agencies working collaboratively to warn residents of risk of flooding and mudflows in identified medium and high risk burn areas SANTA ROSA, CA – The devastating October wildfires that swept through Sonoma County created a significant flood risk for people living in and nearby the burned…

Map Identifies Areas at Risk of Flooding, Mudflows In Aftermath of Wildfires

Multiple agencies working collaboratively to warn residents of risk of flooding and mudflows in identified medium and high risk burn areas SANTA ROSA, CA – The devastating October wildfires that swept through Sonoma County created a significant flood risk for people living in and nearby the burned…

Fire Recovery Resources

Fire Recovery Resourcesfrom the KRCB News Special:The New Normal: What's Now? What's Next? US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Debris Removal Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.…

Price Gouging After Wildfire Disaster

California Penal Code Section 396 generally prohibits charging a price that exceeds, by more than 10 percent, the price of an item before a state or local declaration of emergency.

Price Gouging After the Wildfire Disaster

California Penal Code Section 396 generally prohibits charging a price that exceeds, by more than 10 percent, the price of an item before a state or local declaration of emergency.

Preparedness for Rain After Wildfires

In preparation for anticipated rain this winter, people who live in burned areas, or downhill of burned areas, should be aware of increased risks for: • Flash Flooding: Normally, rainfall is absorbed by vegetation and soils, reducing runoff.

Preparedness for Rain After Wildfires

In preparation for anticipated rain this winter, people who live in burned areas, or downhill of burned areas, should be aware of increased risks for: • Flash Flooding: Normally, rainfall is absorbed by vegetation and soils, reducing runoff.

Music and Poetry Begin the Healing Process After Deadly Fires

We wanted to end the week of fire-related news with a look back at last Saturday’s Day of Remembrance at Santa Rosa Junior College. Earlier in the week we heard from Sheriff Rob Giordano – but now let’s listen to the music and poetry that brought the audience of several hundred to tears… and to…

Sonoma County Fires Community Meetings

Sonoma County Fires Community Meetings: TOMORROW: Thursday, October 19 Re-Entering Neighborhoods, Debris Removal and Clean Up, and Shelter and Temporary Housing Update Local, state and federal governments are working together to facilitate the repopulation of Sonoma County neighborhoods that have…

Sonoma County Fires Community Meetings

Sonoma County Fires Community Meetings: TOMORROW: Thursday, October 19 Re-Entering Neighborhoods, Debris Removal and Clean Up, and Shelter and Temporary Housing Update Local, state and federal governments are working together to facilitate the repopulation of Sonoma County neighborhoods that have…

SANTA ROSA Emergency Information Update 10/18/17

UPDATED Wednesday 10/18/17 10:07am Returning Home Tips Latest Fire Updates Evacuation Orders and Returning to your Property Local Assistance Center Status of Property Damage, Utilities and Public Services Stay Informed and Connect with Us Latest Fire Updates We are planning several re-entry and…

SONOMA COUNTY FIRE: Community Information 10/15/17

Community InformationPublished: October 15, 2017 at 3:54 AM Current Evacuations: Mandatory and advisory evacuation information and a list of sheltersthroughout the county is available for residents of the city of Santa Rosa at http://www.srcity.org/emergency.

SONOMA COUNTY FIRE: Community Information 10/15/17

Community InformationPublished: October 15, 2017 at 3:54 AM Current Evacuations: Mandatory and advisory evacuation information and a list of sheltersthroughout the county is available for residents of the city of Santa Rosa at http://www.srcity.org/emergency.

SANTA ROSA FIRE EMERGENCY INFORMATION - UPDATED FRIDAY 10/13/17 8:55 AM

SANTA ROSA FIRE EMERGENCY INFORMATION UPDATED: Friday, October 13, 2017, 8:55AM Friday Morning Update (Revised) (10/13/2017) ​CONTACT INFORMATION Santa Rosa Fire Info Line: 707-543-4511 For TDD, call 707-543-4536; or you may use the 711 Relay Service For life-threatening emergencies dial 9-1-1 Follow…

SANTA ROSA FIRE EMERGENCY INFORMATION - UPDATED FRIDAY 10/13/17 8:55 AM

SANTA ROSA FIRE EMERGENCY INFORMATION UPDATED: Friday, October 13, 2017, 8:55AM Friday Morning Update (Revised) (10/13/2017) ​CONTACT INFORMATION Santa Rosa Fire Info Line: 707-543-4511 For TDD, call 707-543-4536; or you may use the 711 Relay Service For life-threatening emergencies dial 9-1-1 Follow…

COUNTY OF SONOMA Community information update 10/12/17

County of Sonoma - Community InformationPublished: October 12, 2017 at 2:00 PM Current Evacuations: Mandatory and advisory evacuation information and a list of shelters throughout the county is available at www.sonomacounty.ca.gov or for residents of the city of Santa Rosa…

Santa Rosa Emergency Information - Updated 10/12/17 9:34 am

UPDATED: Thursday, October 12, 2017, 9:34 AM Thursday Morning Update (10/12/17) CONTACT INFORMATION Santa Rosa Fire Info Line: 707-543-4511 For TDD, call 707-543-4536; or you may use the 711 Relay Service For life-threatening emergencies dial 9-1-1 Follow us for updates:City of Santa Rosa…

Sonoma County Update on Multiple Fires

Sonoma County Update on Multiple Fires Santa Rosa, CA – October 11, 2017 at 2:45 PM – Emergency response agencies throughout Sonoma County continue to fight numerous fires in the County.

Sonoma County Update on Multiple Fires

Sonoma County Update on Multiple Fires Santa Rosa, CA – October 11, 2017 at 2:45 PM – Emergency response agencies throughout Sonoma County continue to fight numerous fires in the County.

COUNTY OF SONOMA ROAD CLOSURES Update Oct. 10, 2017

Road Closures due to fire emergencies in Sonoma County The following listing indicates road closures and delays on county roads and city streets within Sonoma County. This list is not comprehensive, and does not include events on state highways, private roads, or any roads outside of Sonoma County.

SONOMA COUNTY SCHOOL CLOSURES 10/10/17

From Sonoma County Office of Education: The following school districts will be closed October 10 These represent almost all of the county's 40 districts except for a few on the north coast of the county.

Update - SONOMA COUNTY SCHOOL CLOSURES 10/10/17

From Sonoma County Office of Education: The following school districts will be closed October 10 ALL SONOMA COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS WILL BE CLOSED TUESDAY OCTOBER 10, 2017 Following is a message from County Superintendent of Schools, Steve Herrington, about the fires: We are still learning the impact…

To volunteer at the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross is managing volunteer opportunities for this emergency. You can use this online resource or contact The American Red Cross in Santa Rosa at 707-577-7600. http://www.redcross.org/volunteer/volunteer-opportunities/disaster-volunteer#

Santa Rosa City Bus Service Suspended

From City of Santa Rosa: There will be no regularly scheduled CityBus service today until further notice. CityBus vehicles are being used to assist with fire evacuation efforts. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience as we work to keep our community safe.

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