The Northern Sonoma County Fire Protection District in cooperation with the Cloverdale Fire Protection District, Healdsburg City Fire Department, CAL FIRE, Northern Sonoma County Air Pollution Control District, and private property owners plans to conduct a prescribed burn on Friday, December 11, 2020. The proposed prescribed burn area is 163 acres, but it is expected that the entire area will not burn due to weather and condition of the vegetation. The vegetation is primarily grass and oak woodland.
The prescribed burn will start at approximately 9:30 am and is located east of Highway 101, and the Russian River, between Geyserville and Cloverdale, just north of the Vineyard Club area. The burn will be adjacent to 110 acres that was burned on November 27, 2020 and is part of a larger strategic vegetation management treatment area to reduce the intensity of future wildfires between two wildland urban interface areas, Palomino Lakes to the north and the Vineyard Club to the south. Here is a map.
Persons wishing to watch the prescribed burn will not be allowed to access the location due to private property restrictions. The Northern Sonoma County Fire Protection District intends to provide opportunities for future prescribed burns to be available for the public to observe. Please check the District’s Facebook page for videos from the prescribed burn.
Why all the burning?
Prescribed burns serve two main purposes among many others: 1) reduce the amount of surface vegetation to reduce the intensity of future wildfires, and 2) return wildfire to the ecosystem as a natural disturbance regime. Additional information about the benefits of prescribed burning is available at Audubon Canyon Ranch’s Fire Forward website.
Prescribed burning is a form of land management conducted when conditions, most importantly weather and vegetation, are within favorable parameters with no strong winds forecasted. The planning process considers all variables and reduces the risk of an “escape” and impacts to air quality. Fire fighters will remain onsite until nightfall with contingency plans to remain through the night if needed. Fire fighters will continue to periodically patrol the burned area in the following week.
The Northern Sonoma County Fire Protection District is committed to aggressive proactive vegetation management and plans to implement several additional prescribed burns throughout the 2020-2021 winter. The District urges property owners to prepare now and maintain preparedness for future wildfires, prioritizing managing the vegetation around your buildings and looking at how your buildings are constructed to withstand embers. Together we can make a difference! More information is available at https://www.readyforwildfire.org/
With the help of many, there is a NEW list of resources including Alerts and Warnings and Links to Critical Information During an Incident. These resources are posted on the websiteand the list is available there as a handout for download. It is a living document so let’s collaborate on this. If you have other resources you would like to add or edit what is there, just let me know.
Check out this website from UCCE Mendocino County. Thanks Chief Collister for that tip!
The University of Florida is working on an important study regarding modeling behavior in evacuations, using the Kincade Fire as their case. We can help by circulating this survey link to COPE folks to help get more responses and a cross section of views.
Modeling Evacuation Behavior in the 2019 Kincade Fire in Sonoma County, California Xilei Zhao, University of Florida Ruggiero Lovreglio, Massey University Erica Kuligowski, National Institute of Standards and Technology Daniel Nilsson, University of Canterbury
Wildfires have become an escalating problem in California. In order to adapt to the changing threat of wildfires, it is important to understand the household evacuation process, including how people perceive wildfire threat and respond to it. To better understand the wildfire evacuation behavior during the Kincade Fire in Sonoma County, the research team will survey those affected using interpretable machine learning to explore how different factors influenced risk perception, evacuation decision making, and subsequent evacuation behavior during the fire. Link to the Survey Online Survey Software | Qualtrics Survey Solutions
NPR: Is Your Home At Risk Of Wildfire In A Changing Climate? 6 Questions To Ask
Take a look at this article, might be a good one to share with neighbors.
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Be sure and let your neighbors know about PGE Medical Baseline Program and Vulnerable Customer status. See more info in their last newsletter.
NEW PGE Heli-Saw
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Protecting your City from Wildfire Conference
Is this two day conference of interest to you? Shall we try to get a group discount? Let me know if you are interested.
Our next COPE Leadership meeting is a time to celebrate our collaboration and appreciate getting through another fire season together (it's over, right, Marshall???) The link is here. Bring your favorite beverage and an afternoon treat. Let's spend a few minutes together celebrating!
From our humble abode to yours, may you have a safe and happy holiday season.