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On this edition of Bay Area Bountiful, we take a look at Water and Wildfires. First, we look at the potential impact of the recent fires on endangered and threatened fish species native to our rivers and streams as well as the ongoing conservation efforts to protect them. Then, we visit a wastewater...
The endangered coho salmon that inhabit the Russian River watershed are fighting for their survival. What threat do recent California wildfires pose to these fish and what are conservationists doing to save the coho from extinction? Watch this Bay Area Bountiful video to find out. (Producer-Director...
Gleidson Martins of News UpNOW reports for NorCal Public Media on animal shelters taking animal evacuations and rescues during the Glass Fire.
The high cost of real estate in the Bay Area has made buying a home out of reach for many Sonoma County residents. Nonprofit Habitat for Humanity is starting to employ pre-fab building techniques on its local projects in an effort to reduce building costs and increase the availability of affordable...
KRCB/KBBF Facebook Live Event
On October 2, 2018, KRCB and KBBF provided this live stream of a special community event examining our community one year after the North Bay Fires.
Stories from the Fire: MUSIC
Musician Eki Shola, who lost her home in the 2017 Sonoma County fires, is among a group of local musicians who have recorded music to help heal those recovering after the disaster. The music is part of a benefit cd recorded at Prairie Sun Studios in Cotati that will provide instruments to those who...
Stories from the Fire: ART
Three local artists, whose work is featured in the Museum of Sonoma County exhibition, "From the Fire: A Community Reflects and Rebuilds" talk about the impact of the wildfires on their artistic process.
Fire Recovery Reporting
Since the October 2017 North Bay Fires, Northern California Public Media has been reporting on the recovery of the community. From housing challenges to mental health and self expression, this video excerpts 13 different selected reports to give an overview of our reporting initiative. Find out more...
On the night of the October wildfires, many Spanish speakers in our community were left to make life or death decisions with little to no information in their language. "Los Olvidados" tells the story of how our public institutions largely forgot about the Spanish-speaking community during this disa...
From the Fire
Northern California Public Media News Director Steve Mencher and Museum of Sonoma County Director Jeff Nathanson visit three local artists whose work is featured in the museum's exhibition, "From the Fire: A Community Reflects and Rebuilds."
The New Normal: Visions of Healing
This special looks at our community one year after the October fires that killed 44 and obliterated neighborhoods in Santa Rosa and the surrounding towns. We visit musicians, poets and visual artists who are trying to represent the calamity in ways that promote resiliency, and talk with members of t...
Living with Fire Symposium - Speaker: ALEXANDRA SYPHARD
Alexandra Syphard is a research ecologist who investigates landscape change that results from the interplay between human and natural disturbances, especially wildfire, urban development, and climate change.
Living With Fire Symposium- DISCUSSION: Panel 1
Alexandra Syphard, David Ackerly, and Leroy Westerling answer questions from the audience during the discussion portion of the ‘Living With Fire’ Symposium at Sonoma State University.
Living With Fire Symposium- Speaker: LISA MICHELI
Lisa Micheli discusses Pepperwood and the research being conducted by the organization at the ‘Living With Fire’ Symposium at Sonoma State University. Micheli speaks about partnerships in Sonoma County and the results of their work.
Living With Fire Symposium- Speaker: LEROY WESTERLING
Leroy Westerling discusses how different ecosystems respond to wild fire at the ‘Living With Fire’ Symposium at Sonoma State University. Westerling talks about his research of California’s Central and North Coast Ranges.
Caerleon Safford discusses pathways to a fire adapted future at the ‘Living With Fire’ Symposium at Sonoma State University. Safford focuses on the role of fire safe councils and Firewise communities.
Living With Fire Symposium- DISCUSSION: Panel 3
Caerleon Safford, Ben Nicholls, and Yana Valachovic answer questions from the audience during the discussion portion of the ‘Living With Fire’ Symposium at Sonoma State University.
Living With Fire Symposium- DISCUSSION: Panel 2
Sarah McCaffrey, Lisa Micheli, Jeff Kane, and Will Harling answer questions from the audience during the discussion portion of the ‘Living With Fire’ Symposium at Sonoma State University.
Living With Fire Symposium- Speaker: BEN NICHOLLS
CAL Fire Division Chief Ben Nicholls discusses defensible space at the ‘Living With Fire’ Symposium at Sonoma State University. Nicholls explains how to control ignition near a home.
Living With Fire Symposium- Speaker: WILL HARLING
Will Harling discusses the public’s relationship with fire at the ‘Living With Fire’ Symposium at Sonoma State University. Harling looks at how to embrace fire as a resource in the future.
Living With Fire Symposium- Speaker: YANA VALACHOVIC
Yana Valachovic discusses home design and retrofitting techniques for wild fire defense at the ‘Living With Fire’ Symposium at Sonoma State University. Valachovic highlights different methods to best prepare a home.
Where Will They Go? Homelessness in Santa Rosa
Camp Michela/Last Chance Camp is a homeless encampment in the Roseland area of Santa Rosa. After the North Bay Fires, many people found themselves without any place to stay. The homeless population in the area has grown steadily. Municipal and County governments keep moving the homeless from one are...
The New Normal Rebuilding Homes and Lives
On this edition of The New Normal: Rebuilding Homes and Lives , we’ll find out how October’s wildfires made our tight housing market even more precarious, especially for the area’s most vulnerable residents. As the community rebuilds, we put the spotlight on renters, the homeless, and others who wer...
Shelter from the Storm
Habitat for Humanity plans to construct “Sonoma Cottages” to help alleviate the North Bay’s housing shortage following last October’s devastating fires. Watch this KRCB video to learn more. (Producer-Director: Joshua Dylan Mellars) - Fire Footage Courtesy of
Newsmaker Conversation: Wilder than Wild
Director Kevin White and Writer/Producer Stephen Most created the film "Wilder than Wild: Fire, Forest and the Future." The film examines how we rely on the forests for many ecological services, yet they are at risk for catastrophic wildfires due to five years of drought. More fuels lead to more fir...
Musicians Eki Shola and Allen Sudduth lost their homes in the Sonoma County fires. They are among a group of local musicians who are raising money to replace instruments lost in the fires with a special album recorded at Prairie Sun Studios in Cotati. Produced by Joshua Dylan Mellars (Fire Footage C...
The New Normal: What's Now? What's Next?
This program features a look at the first steps in the North Bay's rebuilding and recovery process after the North Bay Wildfires. KRCB News Director, Steve Mencher, speaks with representatives of the UnDocuFund, we explore the poignant story of a family sifting through the ashes of their former home...
Steve Mencher Speaks with Karissa Kruse
KRCB News Director Steve Mencher speaks with Karissa Kruse, President of Sonoma County Winegrowers. Karissa talks about what damage wineries have experienced due to the fires, what the wine industry is doing to ensure worker safety, and the fund the Sonoma County Grape Growers Foundation and the Son...
Steve Mencher Speaks with Ana Lugo
KRCB News Director Steve Mencher speaks with Ana Lugo, President of the North Bay Organizing Project. Ana talks about the difficulties undocumented community members face in the aftermath of the fires, and about UndocuFund, a fund created specifically to provide financial aid to undocumented individ...
This program brings us stories from the inferno, from those families fleeing the fire with their precious pets, to updates on the ongoing repopulation. We talk with Karissa Kruse, president of Sonoma County Winegrowers about the fire's effect on her industry, including the hundreds of workers whose...
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