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Current Fire Situation 
The Oak Fire in Mendocino county near Willits started yesterday afternoon and is about 1,000 acres and 0% contained. Hwy 101 is closed in that area and there are evacuations in the area.

*Wallbridge 54,940 acres, 95% contained
Last night the fire jumped the containment line near Sweetwater Springs Road. Evacuations were ordered in Zone 2E4 this morning it has now been downgraded to a warning except for properties on Sweetwater Springs Road. 

This means you can now return home at your own risk. These areas are still at risk from the fires in the area. We recommend you stay home for the day once you arrive. You may experience traffic delays based on the ongoing infrastructure work and one-way traffic control.
See more information in Supervisor Gore's email this morning

A Federal Assistance Center will open in the coming days, check for details as they become available. For a full list of recovery resources.

The burn area is under a Public Health Order due to hazards created by the fire. Please follow County Health recommendations, especially if you're returning to burned property. Read health safety tips.
Continue to follow the instructions of first responders in the area and make sure to listen for hi-lo sirens if fire conditions change. Use extreme caution when around any burned areas that may be present. 

The public is reminded to stay vigilant on current fire conditions. Please continue to adhere to road closures and any evacuation warnings. A reminder to drive slowly and yield to emergency personnel. There may be smoke in the respective areas as firefighters continue firefighting operations. If you have questions about your gas or power, check the PG&E website for information. You can also call 1(800)743-5000. If you come across any downed power lines, treat them as live and call 911 and then PG&E.
Go to  or call 2-1-1 if you have questions. For tips to return safely to your home, click here. You may also type in your address and see your property's evacuation status.  

Red Flag Warning
The RFW expires Wednesday morning at 8AM. Although this mainly pertains to the "North Bay Mountains", the risk to the mountains is also a risk to the rest of us, as we know. And it looks like the heatwave will dissipate on Thursday as we welcome mid 80s. Woo hoo!! We also have spare the air days forecasted through Wednesday. 

PSPS went into effect last night for parts of Sonoma and Napa counties. 
Info for ATT Customers
I received this email and wanted to share with you:
AT&T has been notified by PG&E and SoCal Edison of a potential PSPS event in multiple counties. PG&E’s event is scheduled to begin at 8pm tonight, and SoCal Edison’s tomorrow. We are also monitoring a potential event for SDG&E. Please check notifications from your power provider for accurate information about which areas are impacted.
AT&T is in communication with power providers to prepare for the power shutoff events throughout the state. We are analyzing the areas that will be impacted by the power shutoff and working to minimize impacts on our network. We are deploying generators across the state for our wireless and wireline networks.
AT&T’s network is designed with backup power solutions at multiple points throughout the network, and we have a fleet of mobile generators with a dedicated team that deploys these as needed. We have a response plan and protocols in place specifically for public safety power shutoff events.
I am attaching a document that describes in more detail the work AT&T does to prepare and respond to these types of events. Here is another educational handout about staying connected without power.
After a PSPS event begins, information about our network status will be available at Please contact me with any questions.
Donna Davis
AT&T External Affairs
 1215 K Street, Suite 1800 Sacramento, CA 95814
o  916.341.3444 | m  916.502.4083  |

I can't help but add: it would be helpful to offer decent cell service to begin with so that we can all stay connected during an emergency. Sorry, just my two cents.
Resources and Education
Disaster Recovery Handbook from the Brack Road folks.
From Taya: They updated their information for the 2020 fires in CA and have shared it for our communities' use...thought I'd pass it along.  It's an extraordinary compendium of info regarding housing, insurance, gov't agencies and contacts galore etc.

Halter Project Course September 18th 9-12N
We are once again facilitating online  delivery of this important class. Register Now!

HALTER Project provides scholarships to:
All UCCE Staff, Ag students, Teachers,  Veterinarians, Farm Bureau, CAFF, & Slow Food Members, farm, ranch, and dairy owners and workers, Youth Ag Leaders, and all SAR, CERT, Posse, and Mounted Patrol members.
Just notify  instructor you’re attending on a HALTER Scholarship.

This Online Course is for anyone who: 
• Lives or works on a rural agricultural property 
• Is a Volunteer or County Employee  Disaster  Service Worker
• Wants to volunteer to help livestock and other animals in disasters, 
• Anyone who wants  to help their neighbors be safer during and after natural disasters, 
• All Community Leaders 
• Wants to be safer during and after a disaster!

United Policyholders is available to help you through these unsettling times.  If you need help navigating your insurance claim, United Policyholders invites you to join the latest in a series of insurance claims Q&A webinars with presenter Sandra Watts.
You can participate from any computer or on your smartphone. 
To register, please click the date below.
Roadmap to Recovery Q&A webinars
Wednesday, September 9, 2020, 6:00 PM 
Wednesday, September 23, 2020, 6:00 PM 
If you'd like to submit a question to be considered during the webinar, please send an email to .
Sandra Watts has over 25 years of insurance claim and coverage expertise and is dedicated to helping people solve difficult insurance and loss recovery problems.
Insurance help is available 24/7 at
The Peace of Wild Things
Wendell Berry

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For the time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

Take good care, Priscilla
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