Save this info: Important contact info for Sonoma County this fire season

From my wonderful neighbor.

It’s another extremely dry summer (drought conditions), and we’re now in wildfire season (and will be for probably the next 5 months or so). Below are some links to local and national resources for fire prevention as well as other emergency preparedness and disaster response resources for any time of year (for earthquakes, floods, etc.).

Note: 95% of wildfires are caused by people (not lightning), i.e., they are preventable. Common causes are sparks from: fireworks; power equipment (e.g., lawnmowers, weedwhackers, tractors); campfires, fire pits, and grills; cigarette butts; vehicles (e.g., backfiring tailpipes, or driving/parking on dry grass); trailer chains dragging on pavement — or anything that can cause a spark or that can overheat, especially if it’s near dry grass or dry leaves or brush. When conditions are dry (and especially when it’s also windy), sparks can easily and quickly turn into out-of-control fires. Equipment like lawnmowers and weedwhackers should not be used on extremely dry, and/or windy or hot days (or it’s recommended that they only be used before 10 AM, on mornings when the grass is damp from dew and it’s not too breezy). Have buckets of water and hoses at the ready (and keep your yard/road frontage watered) on hot, dry, and/or breezy days (and on the 4th of July). 
Reminder: it is illegal to set off ANY fireworks anywhere in unincorporated Sonoma County. The short-lived thrill is simply not worth the risk. Here are some groups, websites, and social media pages to check out (and follow): Your local fire departments, e.g., Gold Ridge Fire District , Graton Fire CalFire Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit: CalFire: SoCo Emergency Alerts: Nixle alerts: Pulse Point App: (you can choose to have it notify you of “Vegetation Fires” in Sonoma County; you’ll see how frequently they occur…) Red Cross mobile apps: Red Cross, Northern California Coastal Region: National Weather Service for the San Francisco Bay Area (be aware when there are Red Flag warnings in the area): Sonoma County Emergency management: PG&E Power Shutoff info: West County News Feed: Sebastopol CERT: Fire Safe Sonoma: Sonoma CART (Community Animal Response Team): HALTER Project: Bodega Bay CERT: Community and Disaster Response Team: Ready for Wildfire: Pre-evacuation prep info: How to Prepare for Emergencies: Get Ready, Be Ready: Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response (including emergency kit/evacuation checklists): Community Emergency Response Teams: ASPCA Disaster Preparedness for pets/animals: Resilient Design Strategies: Disaster Supply Center: I hope these links are helpful to you. Feel free to share them with others you know. Be prepared and be safe, everyone. And let’s all look out for our neighbors.