Report: California Policies Encourage Rebuilding In Fire-Prone AreasA new report published Thursday warns that state and local officials are pushing for rebuilding in areas destroyed by wildfires when they should be directing more construction in urban areas.
Wildfire Season: Santa Rosa Declares Very Early Start For Fire SeasonThe Santa Rosa Fire Department plans to officially declare the start of the area’s wildfire season on May 17 -- significantly earlier than previous years.
Santa Rosa To Distribute 12,000 Free Weather Radios To ResidentsThe City of Santa Rosa plans to distribute 12,000 All Hazards NOAA Weather Radios (NWR) to its residents throughout the spring and summer, city officials announced Tuesday.
Sonoma County Invests In Fire-Detection System That Uses AISonoma County recently invested in technology that uses artificial intelligence to detect fires faster and to notify firefighters when a fire is spotted.
Santa Rosa Interim Fire Chief Tapped To Fill Role PermanentlyThe city of Santa Rosa selected Interim Fire Chief Scott Westrope this week to fill the position permanently following a nationwide search.
Wildfire Victims Sue Former PG&E Administrators for NeglectA suit filed by more than 80,000 victims of deadly wildfires ignited by Pacific Gas and Electric's rickety electrical grid targets nearly two dozen of the utility's former executives and board members for alleged dereliction of their duty to ensure the equipment operated safely.
Sonoma County Supes Agree to Extend Cap on Vacation RentalsSonoma County supervisors on Tuesday reached an agreement to extend a cap on the number of vacation rentals in the county for three months, a far cry from the 22 months staff had sought.
Suspect Arrested For Allegedly Setting Blaze Near Santa Rosa's Fountaingrove Neighborhood A 42-year-old woman has been arrested for allegedly setting an arson fire on a hillside near the Fountaingrove neighborhood that had been ravaged during the 2017 Tubbs Fire, authorities said.
Tubbs Fire Survivor's Home Under Construction Trashed By Dozens Of Partying TeensA Tubbs Fire survivor just weeks away from moving back into her brand new home suffered another setback as dozens of partying teens were caught on camera breaking into the home and eventually trashing it.
Recovery Fund Allows Wildfire Victims To Share PG&E Settlement Money With Those Facing Greater NeedNorth Bay wildfire victims approaching a deadline to apply for Pacific Gas and Electric settlement funds are getting a boost from a new tool to help them on their road to recovery.
Unlicensed Contractors In Court Following Santa Rosa Coffey Park Sting OperationA dozen unlicensed contractors are scheduled to appear in Sonoma County Superior Court on Tuesday for allegedly providing illegal bids on jobs, county prosecutors said.
PG&E Announces $13.5 Billion Settlement With Individual Wildfire VictimsPacific Gas & Electric Co. announced a $13.5 billion settlement with individual Northern California wildfire victims on Friday.
Independent Energy Homes Not Yet Taking Off Despite Fires, Power Outages In North BayAfter a week of intermittent power outages in the North Bay, the concept of being free from the grid seems pretty appealing. But even in an area hit hard by disaster, the idea is taking some getting used to.
Odin, Goat-Herding Dog Who Survived 2017 Tubbs Fire, Spotted In Kincade Fire ZoneOdin, the Bay Area dog who became something of a celebrity during the 2017 Wine Country wildfires, was back in the fire zones Monday.
Sonoma, Alameda, Santa Clara Counties Activate Emergency Centers Ahead Of Power ShutoffSonoma County and the city of Santa Rosa have declared proclamations of local emergency and activated their Emergency Operation Centers in anticipation of PG&E's plan to shut off electric power to prevent power lines from sparking wildfires during dangerous wind conditions Wednesday and Thursday.