Redwood Valley North Bay fires

When the fires moved on the Redwood Valley Rancheria on October 8, eleven members of the Little River Band of Pomo Indians stayed behind to fight the flames. Reporter Sarah Reith was at the annual Northern Circle Indian Housing Authority meeting recently, where the men were honored. 

This story originally was heard on KZYX radio in a longer version.

Homeless man
Sara Ristić

On a single night in January, volunteers all over the country participate in a federal program counting homeless people in their communities. This so-called “point in time” count occurs when the weather is at its worst in many parts of the U.S.

In Mendocino County, the count began at 5 a.m. on January 25 at a soup kitchen in the county seat. Reporter Sarah Reith was there.

With its mission over one-third complete, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District (USACE) has awarded two contracts for the consolidated debris removal program in Northern California following the October 2017 Wildfires. 

In Sonoma County, Environmental Chemical Corp. (E.C.C.), Burlingame, California, was awarded a $475-million firm-fixed-price Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity contract. 

In Lake, Mendocino and Napa counties, CERES Environmental Services, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, was awarded a similar contract for $160 million. 

SANTA ROSA, Calif. – As part of the multi-agency response to the recent fires in Northern California, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has completed asbestos removals at 93 properties in Sonoma, Napa, Lake and Mendocino counties. 

Survivors of the October 2017 wildfires have one week left to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for disaster assistance and to apply for a low-interest disaster loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). 

The deadline for both is Dec. 11, 2017 for those with losses. 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) continues to make steady progress on the Consolidated Debris Removal Program in Northern California following the October 2017 wildfires. 

Residents recovering from the October 2017 fires in California have less than two weeks left to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for disaster assistance. The last day to register is Dec. 11, 2017. 

A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC), jointly operated by the State of California’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), has opened in Santa Rosa to offer residents affected by the devastating October 2017 wildfires a one-stop-shop for disaster assistance. The DRC is a continuation of the locally led assistance center that opened in the early days of the fire response. 

The center is in the Press Democrat Building at 427 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa, CA 95410, and will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week.