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• Fires are raging across California with a blaze near Yosemite among the largest at the moment. It's only 5% contained.

Today's reporting by Chris Nichols and Ezra David Romero.

Wildfires raged across Northern California in October, burning through the state’s famed Napa and Sonoma wine regions. In all, more than 170 blazes ripped across an area the size of Maryland and Delaware combined. Scores awoke to flames at their doors, and 44 people were killed in the deadliest fire event in state history.  

New Public Service Announcement: Price Gouging Is Not Only Wrong, It's Illegal 

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. 

Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs)  

 

The Sonoma County Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) are permanently closed. Those affected by the October wildfires can still reach FEMA by phone at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov and through the FEMA app.  

In the midst of the holiday season, Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones is asking insurers to help California wildfire survivors who are overwhelmed with the task of navigating the claims process by providing relief from detailed home inventories and following the lead of other insurers providing up to 100 percent of contents (personal property) coverage limits without a detailed inventory. 

Two Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) in Sonoma County will be closed Dec. 23-25 in observance of the holiday weekend. 

The centers will reopen on Tuesday, Dec. 26, and remain open through Thursday, Dec. 28, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Both centers will close permanently at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 28. 

• Sonoma County DRC, Hanna Boys Center, 17000 Arnold Drive, Sonoma 95476
• Sonoma County DRC, Press Democrat Bldg., 427 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa 95401   

Survivors of the October wildfires may still be able to qualify for disaster assistance even if they receive a letter from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) or the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) saying they are not eligible. 

Often it’s a matter of needing to submit more information so FEMA or SBA can continue processing the application. Examples of missing documentation might include an insurance settlement letter, proof of residency or ownership of a damaged property, or simply that the applicant did not sign the required documents. 

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. This law applies to those who sell food, emergency supplies, medical supplies, building materials and gasoline. The law also applies to repair or reconstruction services, emergency cleanup services, transportation, freight and storage services, hotel accommodations and rental housing.

The National Weather Service as issued a RED FLAG warning for potential Wildfire Danger throughout high elevations in the San Francisco North Bay, the East Bay Hills, and the Santa Cruz Mountains. 

Winds will gust from 15 to 30 miles per hour, up to a possible 50 to 60 mph in some areas. 

Due to high winds and low humidity, outdoor burning is NOT recommended. 

This warning is in effect from Friday night until Sunday evening.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District (USACE) has established a Debris Removal Information Line for property owners affected by last month’s devastating wildfires in Northern California. The number for the USACE Debris Removal Information Line is 877-875-7681, and is intended for residential property owners who have signed up for the government-sponsored debris removal program. Residential property owners who are registered for the program can also e-mail:  
USACESupportToSonoma@usace.army.mil

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. 

This weekend, the City of Santa Rosa and County of Sonoma, in coordination with state and federal partners, will hold three resource fairs focused on debris removal.

Residents whose properties were destroyed by the wildfires have the ability to access the government-operated Fire Debris Removal Program to ensure their property is left free of hazardous waste and debris; the deadline to apply for the program is November 13, 2017.

Sonoma County residents whose properties were destroyed by the wildfires have the ability to access the government operated Sonoma County Consolidated Debris Fire Removal Program to ensure that their property is left free of hazardous waste and debris.  Residential property owners must submit a Right of Entry (ROE) form by close of business on November 13, 2017, in order to participate in the Program.  

Northern California Wildfires Community Workshop -  

WHEN: Friday October 27TH - 6:00-9:00 PM

WHERE: Grand Ballroom, DoubleTree by Hilton Sonoma Wine Country One DoubleTree Drive - Rohnert Park, California 94928  

FREE EVENT. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.  

The Atlas and Tubbs wildfires have ravaged Napa and Sonoma counties since October 8th. Combined, these are the deadliest and most destructive fires in the state’s history.

Follow the link for the latest road closures in unincorporated Sonoma County. Updated 10/14/17

http://roadconditions.sonoma-county.org/

County of Sonoma Fire News

Emergency response agencies throughout Sonoma County continue fighting numerous fires throughout the county; advisory and mandatory evacuations are ongoing.

About the wildfires in Northern California  

Last updated October 12, 2017, at 10:00 a.m.  

In coordination with Cal Fire and other first responders, PG&E is responding to multiple fires throughout our service area, including the Tubbs and Atlas fires in Sonoma and Napa counties, the Redwood Complex fires in Mendocino County, the Cherokee and LaPorte fires in Butte County, the Point fire in Calaveras County and more.

Confirmed Evacuation Areas

Santa Rosa, CA  –  October 12, 2017 at 7:18 AM

Mandatory evacuation orders means it is unsafe to remain or re-enter that area.

Advisory evacuation means residents are under advisory and should consider readying for evacuation should the situation worsen. 
 

Evacuation Areas 

The following areas remain under mandatory evacuation orders unless otherwise indicated.

Agua Caliente Advisory Evacuations 

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Here are some links to get help with and/or help for those affected by the Valley Fire in Lake, Napa and Sonoma counties:
 

General information directly from CalFire

CalFire fire information line: (707) 967-4207

Or online at http://www.fire.ca.gov

Sonoma County information updates for Valley Fire