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Fire In Tubbs Fire Area

A spark from landscaping work started a 12 acre fire on Ursaline Roada near Mark West Springs Road yesterday. The area burned in the same area of the Tubbs fire in 2017. The blaze was contained in less than an hour, but had moved quickly unhill toward three large homes before being stopped. (photo courtesy KPIX)


PG&E Shut Offs

High fire-risk conditions are expected to arrive Saturday evening, continue through Sunday evening and subside Monday morning. If power shut off's are expected to occur, PG&E will send out advance warnings. This weather event will be localized to the Sierra Foothills in Butte, Plumas, and Yuba counties, so customers in the Bay Area and southern parts of PG&E’s service area are not expected to be impacted. (photo courtesy WPMI)


Hospital Quarantine

Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital has a quarantined area after a positive result from a COVID 19 test. A hospital employee was found to be invected with the coronavirus, creating a 14 day quarantine in the medical surgical unit, the site of an August outbreak of the disease. 19 patients are involved in the quarantine. (photo courtesy Press Democrat)


September PSPS Report

From the power shut off that happened on Labor Day weekend, PG&E identified more than 80 cases of damage or hazards found on power lines that had been de-energized for public safety. Any of these could have potentially led to a wildfire had the lines not been turned off during the Public Safety Power Shutoff event that started on Sept. 7th. Wind gusts of 66 mph were recorded at weather stations in Sonoma County. (photo courtesy Bloomberg)


PG&E Watch And Warnings

With high fire danger in fhe forecast this weekend, PG&E will be using a new tool to inform and warn of the potential for power shut offs. Watch and Warning alerts will be sent out in emails, texts, and phone messages, with information about upcoming shut offs, and then updates on restoring power at least once a day until power is back on. PG&E Customers are encouraged to update their contact information and indicate their preferred language for notifications by visiting www.pge.com/mywildfirealerts. (photo courtesy Business Wire)


Reopening Sonoma County

Sonoma County's Health Officer said the county could meet state benchmarks as soon as next week that would allow it to resume a wider range of public activities by mid October. If Sonoma County can show a slowing of the spread of the coronavirus for two weeks, then the state will allow Sonoma County to reduce to the red level, allowing more openings of businesses that are currently hindered. Sonoma and Contra Costa counties are the only two Bay Area counties left in the most restrictive level, coded purple. (photo courtesy Sonoma County Tourism)


Smoke Taint Grapes

The president of the California Association of Winegrape Growers says the fires will be the single worst disaster the wine-grape growing community has ever faced. Smoke from the wildfires has tainted grapes, and the resulting ashy flavor could spell disaster for the 2020 vintage. Growers are trying to assess the extent of the smoke damage in California, Oregon and Washington. (photo courtesy WhisperKOOL)


Police Workplace Fine

Santa Rosa Police Department has been cited for failure to safeguard its employees from the coronavirus, which will cost SRPD $32,000. California's Workplace Safety Agency says the failure contributed to at least nine officers and employees becoming infected with COVID 19, and one death from the virus. SRPD Chief Ray Navarro said his agency's actions to protect employees aligned with citywide protocols and county health orders. (photo courtesy City of Santa Rosa)


Vacation Rentals

The number of vacation rentals in Sonoma County will remain capped through the rest of 2020. County Supervisors discussed the situation yesterday and are attempting to impose a longer lasting limit. The measure is intended to prevent transformation of a wider share of existing housing into short-term rentals, ensuring more homes remain for residents. (photo courtesy Short Term Rentals)


Officer Of Equity

Sonoma County has a new Officer of Equity. Yesterday, Supervisors selected Alegria De La Cruz for the permanent job, after working on an interim basis since mid July. De La Cruz will root out racist policies and managin efforts to address systemic inequility. De La Cruz had been with the Sonoma County Counsel’s Office, serving as Chief Deputy County Councel (photo courtesy La Prensa Sonoma)


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