wildfires

The Trump administration says lawsuits by environmentalists are holding up projects that will reduce the risk of wildfires. But budget cuts are also to blame. That debate,  on the next All Things Considered

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Kent Porter / Press Democrat

We've seen the images and heard the stories... massive wildfires burning homes and businesses, spurring evacuations. But what will actually directly affect hundreds of thousands more people is ... smoke, and the unwelcome toxins invading with it. How are communities along the California coast and the Northwest living with fire in the midst of a record-setting wildfire season - and are they "smoke ready?"  

Mike Blake / Reuters

NASA is about to launch a spacecraft to probe the sun. And in the west, there's a fight over whether utilities should pay when their equipment starts fires.

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California Update for Friday, May 11, 2018

May 11, 2018
Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

• California Gov. Jerry Brown will release his revised budget proposal this morning as state revenues pour into coffers billions of dollars above projections, setting up a debate over what to do with all that extra money.

• Governor Jerry Brown issued an executive order Thursday to improve the health of the state's forests. It sets aside $96 million for practices like forest thinning, controlled fires and planting trees.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Ezra David Romero.

Multiple agencies working collaboratively to warn residents of risk of flooding and mudflows in identified medium and high risk burn areas  

There is still time for Sonoma County homeowners and business owners impacted by the North Bay fires, who may have missed the initial December 11th deadline, to apply for a low-interest disaster loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Residents are encouraged to do so as soon as possible.  

Homeowners may qualify for up to $200,000 for home damage. Homeowners and renters can apply for up to $40,000 to replace personal property.  

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. 

As the rainy season approaches, multiple state, regional and local agencies are preparing for the potential impacts of the recent wildfires on urban and rural communities. There are 617 streams in the areas affected by fire in Sonoma County. Drinking water is safe and continually monitored, but because the county’s natural watersheds filter drinking water, it is critically important that ash, debris and other pollutants are prevented from entering stream systems to the maximum extent possible.

Agricultural and Rural Lands Fire Recovery and Resource Town Hall  

Monday, October 30, 2017 
Sonoma County Fairgrounds – Garrett Building 
Doors open at 5 p.m., program begins at 5:30 p.m  

In response to the recent wildfires in Northern California that have impacted the agriculture community, Sonoma County Farm Bureau is convening local, state and federal leadership to address concerns and provide information to rural property owners. 

Tiffany Camhi

For nearly a decade Marin County’s Open Space District has been working on a plan to better manage the vegetation and biodiversity on its land. That includes more than 30 preserves and nearly 16,000 acres. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi reports the plan gained approval from the county’s Open Space Commission this week.

You can find out more about the Vegetation and Biodiversity Management Plan here.