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9/2/20: My mom. Woke up early thinking of her. I’m not certain why.

This photo was taken just five months before she passed away. She was kind, giving, and principled. What she had, she shared, with an open heart and mind. She believed in the goodness of people and in democracy. I credit her with much of what drives me to serve and to give of myself to my community. I love you Mom.



8/31/20: Good news. It’s nice to have a bit of good news on the COVID-19 front - relief for at least some of our local businesses.

From Lynda Hopkins, on her Facebook page today: "COVID-19/Economic News: Barber shops, hair salons and malls allowed to reopen in Sonoma County Barber shops, hair salons and malls in Sonoma County will be allowed to resume indoor operations with modifications on Monday due to revised health orders issued by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday and confirmed by Sonoma County Public Health Officer Dr. Sundari Mase. The reopening of these operations coincides with the launching of a new four-tiered structure for determining how each of the state’s 58 counties is doing in slowing the spread of the coronavirus and the extent to which businesses and other activities will be allowed due to the pandemic. Under the new framework, titled Blueprint for a Safer Economy, each county has been grouped into one of four colored tiers – Purple (Widespread), Red (Substantial), Orange (Moderate) and Yellow (Minimal) – based on the prevalence of COVID-19 is in the county and the rate of community spread. Sonoma County is one of 38 counties that will start in the purple tier. The new state directive creating the Blueprint framework replaces a July 13 State Order that had placed Sonoma County on the state monitoring list and prohibited activities such as indoor operations at restaurants, gyms and museums. Those restrictions will remain in place with the exception of barber shops, hair salons and malls, which will be allowed to reopen under detailed modifications to limit the spread of the virus. For example, malls will not be allowed to open food courts or common areas and must limit capacity to 25 percent of normal operations. Dr. Sundari Mase confirmed the adoption of the state’s order over the weekend after reviewing the state’s new framework and the data to better understand the risk in Sonoma County. “We feel comfortable in opening up this sector of our economy as the data show we’ve had only a handful of cases from indoor salons,” said Dr. Mase. “But we still have a ways to go before we will be able to move to the next tier and allow more activities to reopen under the state’s blueprint.” The state’s new framework focuses primarily on two metrics: the number of new cases per 100,000 residents per day (based on a 7 day average with 7 day lag) in each county and the percentage of COVID-19 tests that come back positive Counties must remain in each tier for a minimum of 21 days before being eligible to move to the next level.

Peluquerias, salones de belleza y centros comerciales autorizados a reabrir en el condado de Sonoma
Peluquerias, salones de belleza y centros comerciales en el condado de Sonoma se le permitera resumir las operaciones en interiores con modificaciones el Lunes debido a las ordenes de salud revisadas emitadas por el gobernador Gavin Newsom el Viernes y confirmadas por la Dra. Sundari Mase, oficial de salud publica del condado de Sonoma. El reabrise de estas operaciones coincide con el lanzamiento de una nueva estructura de cuatro niveles para determinar cómo le está yendo a cada uno de los 58 condados del estado para desacelerar la propagación del coronavirus y hasta qué punto se permitirán negocios y otras actividades debido a la pandemia. Bajo el nuevo sistema, titulado Blueprint for a Safer Economy, cada condado se ha agrupado en uno de los cuatro niveles de colores: Morado (Generalizado), Rojo (Sustancial), Naranja (Moderado) y Amarillo (Mínimo), según la prevalencia de COVID-19 esta en el condado y la velocidad de propagación comunitaria. El condado de Sonoma es uno de los 38 condados que comenzarán en el nivel morado. La nueva directiva estatal que crea el sistema de Blueprint (state directive creating the Blueprint framework) reemplaza una orden estatal del 13 de julio que colocó al condado de Sonoma en la lista de supervision estatal y prohibió actividades como operaciones en interiores en restaurantes, gimnasios y museos. Esas restricciones permanecerán en lugar, con la excepción de las peluquerías, los salones de belleza y los centros comerciales, que podrán reabrir con modificaciones detalladas (detailed modifications) para limitar la propagación del virus. Por ejemplo, no se permitirá que los centros comerciales abran patios de comidas o áreas comunes y deben limitar la capacidad al 25 por ciento de las operaciones normales. La Dra. Sundari Mase confirmó la adopción de la orden estatal durante el fin de semana después de revisar el nuevo sistema del estado y los datos para comprender mejor el riesgo en el condado de Sonoma. "Nos sentimos confortable abriendo este sector de nuestra economía, ya que los datos muestran que solo hemos tenido un puñado de casos de salones de interior", dijo la Dra. Mase. "Pero todavía tenemos mucho camino por recorrer antes de que podamos pasar al siguiente nivel y permitir que se vuelvan a abrir más actividades bajo el plan del estado.” El nuevo sistema del estado se enfoca principalmente en dos métricas: el número de casos nuevos por 100,000 residentes por día (basado en un promedio de 7 días con un retraso de 7 días) en cada condado y el porcentaje de pruebas de COVID-19 que dan resultados positivos. Los condados deben permanecer en cada nivel durante un mínimo de 21 días antes de ser elegible para pasar al siguiente nivel."

8/31/20: Thank you First Responders, for protecting us and the precious trees of Armstrong Redwoods. These men and women are amazing - they are our heroes! From 101 Things to Do Sonoma County:




 8/30/20: Mark Your Calendars! Sebastopol City Council Candidates Forum is Sept 29th 6:30-8pm. The forum will be live-streamed on Facebook and then the video will be posted on YouTube. Click here to learn more about our local League of Women Voters.

8/28/20: Did you notice those purple, yellow and white flags along Main Street two days ago? Yes, it’s the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment! Nice to see our town recognizing it. Check out the website (click the image below) for more information about the Sonoma County Women's Suffrage Project.

8/28/20: Affordable housing ideas for Sonoma County. Timely. Definitely worth watching. Robin Bartholow of North Coast Builders Exchange and local realtor and longtime Sebastopol resident Cory Maguire are both panelists.

8/28/20: Affordable Housing: I sat in on a great meeting on this topic yesterday (Zoom of course). Hosted by Gen H (Generation Housing), with panelists from the construction industry and local realtors, plus others. Thank you to Cory Maguire for alerting me to it, and to Amie Windsor for joining me in the meeting. Very innovative ideas were discussed. It was true brainstorming by informed people. This is such a tough question. Yes, we want our locals to be able to afford to live here. But we also value those who are part of our community and have invested in property that they are now selling or renting out. And our true reality check for new housing (affordable or otherwise) is the lack of land within town that isn’t already developed. What can we do to support our locals who need housing in order to stay here? Demand is super high now, which means housing sales and rental rates are high. That forces out many people, especially young families, who contribute to our economy and provide the youthful energy to get things done. Case in point: a local church that has such an aging population in its congregation that there’s no-one to keep up the landscaping. My point: keeping young families in our town benefits all of us. And no, I don’t have a solution, but it’s on my radar, big time. Check out out the Generation Housing website here.

8/26/20: My dog Arya. What a pose! So stately.

8/26/20: Had to share this... Budweiser to put out a fire? use what you have available, right?

8/26/20: I’m a fan! Pat Kerrigan’s morning news show on KSRO. Mon-Fri 6-10am.

This interview from a few minutes ago is a perfect example. Direct, full of content, asks the questions we want to ask, and uplifting. Live streaming, plus each interview is available to listen to within 10-15 minutes after its on her show. This morning: Santa Rosa Assistant Fire Marshal & Cal Fire PIO Paul Lowenthal, Sonoma County Fire Chief Mark Heine, Marin Fire Chief Jason Weber, Senator Mike Maguire, Supervisor Lynda Hopkins, Assemblyman Jim Wood.

8/25/20: Gotta love our supervisor Lynda Hopkins. Keeps us informed. Knows her facts. Shows compassion and appreciation.

From Supervisor Lynda Hopkins: "8.25.2020 @6PM — observations & thoughts on why we need to keep respecting the Walbridge (and the evacuation orders) — I’m grateful to have had an opportunity to spend a couple of hours out on the fire lines with Sonoma County Fire Chief Mark Heine today. It was a sobering reminder that, while today is a day of celebration for many Russian River residents who will have an opportunity to sleep in their own beds and cook in their own kitchens for the first time in days, we do still have an active fire front — and active firefight — on our hands. There is good reason for the north side of Guerneville and the community of Rio Nido to remain under mandatory evacuation. I know the air is clear in the Lower Russian River right now. I know it *feels* like the danger has passed. I know it’s challenging and frustrating and financially draining to be out of your home. But the Walbridge continues to burn. The fire is active along Mill Creek and Sweetwater Springs Roads. It is active on the floor of Armstrong Woods. It’s important to remember that this fire is not functioning as a wind-driven wall of fire. Instead, it often takes the form of small fingers of fire “backing” its way downslope towards a valley floor. The good news is that this kind of fire behavior affords us an opportunity to defend structures, and even to defensively “guide” the flames towards roads and other fire breaks. The bad news is that these small fingers can burn gradually down to the floor of a valley, hit bottom, and then run back up to a ridgeline — gaining heat and speed as it heads upwards — making a sort of zig-zag pattern in the same canyon for days, even weeks. It’s also worth remembering that low-intensity fires are generally a good thing for our fire-adapted ecosystems. They clear grass and brush from the forest floor, reducing fuel for a future fire. But the same area *could* actually burn twice. If the wind were to pick up, the fire could get into the canopy. (And the second time around, the canopy would be extremely dry, having been ‘baked’ from the ground-fire below.)
While county roads and dozer lines are currently functioning as fire breaks, even *without* wind causing spot fires, all it takes is one rolling smoldering log, or one falling fiery tree, to catch the other side of the road on fire. And given the steepness of the terrain, it doesn’t take much in the way of ladder fuels to facilitate fire running up a tree and catching the canopy on fire. (Think of it this way: a shrub on a very steep hillside might burst into flames, and because the hillside is so steep, that shrub is adjacent to the leafy mid-section of a tree that’s rooted further down the slope.) If those burning trees fall across a road, or a burning log rolls across a road, and there’s no firefighter present to catch it early, it can cause the fire to cross the fire break. Good news: fire crews have been hard at work preparing properties and laying hose lines in areas of active fire. Also good news: crews are on hand to monitor the hotspots, so that a log or tree doesn’t roll across a fire break and cause the fire to leapfrog. One of the most beautiful things I witnessed today were the firefighters attending the active fire in Armstrong Woods. The fire is there in the heart of the valley floor, burning in places I’ve walked dozens of times with my children through rain, frigid fog, or filtered sunshine. And what I saw was this: firefighters treating our old growth redwood trees like the great beings that they are. Firefighters clearing away the bracken and brush at the bases of their mammoth trunks, protecting these 1,000+ year old giants, armed with hoses in case the fire made a run at our trees. At the moment, the goal is not to extinguish the fire; the goal is to guide it. And in Armstrong, the goal is to keep it along the ground, out of the canopy. I am extraordinarily grateful to the CAL FIRE fighters out on the lines who have come to the Walbridge from throughout the state of California; to our local firefighters, who worked the fire in the early days without any kind of break; to our battle-hardened Fire Chiefs and Battalion Chiefs commanding crews, analyzing fire behavior, and making mission-critical decisions; to the peace officers assisting with evacuations and keeping our neighborhoods safe while we were gone; to the County ‘second responders’ helping at evac centers, supporting pets and livestock, and running the Emergency Operations Center around the clock. (Oh, and also a shout out to the Caz crew for some killer dozer lines.) Stay safe, y’all. May we all be home soon. ❤"

8/25/20: Excellent news shared by my friend (and supporter!) Oren Noah. And here outside my window? Blue skies and clear air!!!! Yahoo!!

8/25/20: This morning’s good news. Those redwoods... Amazing..

8/24/20: Reuse, Recycle, All Local!
Want one of these environmentally-friendly yard signs in your yard? Of course you do. Let us know ASAP! Email me -, or sign up on the volunteer page at
These yard signs rock! Made from cardboard-with-a-history (think dumpster diving!), hand cut to size, painted white with latex paint salvaged from other projects, deigned by local designer Toby Cowan (, screen printed individually by the amazing young Sebastopol artist Caitlin Clark ( All inspired by our own Patrick Amiot. The team: Patrick Amiot, his daughter artist Mathilde and her partner Joshua the amazing recycling sourcer and all-around-I’ll-figure-it-out-kind-of-guy, Caitlin Clark the screen printer, Toby Cowan the graphic designer, Pam Davis for her insistence on deeper research into the difference between “recyclable” and “actually recycled,” Wayne Stanfield, Dan Gurney, and Daniel Rich for cutting, sourcing, and installation expertise, Sebastopol Hardware for an excellent supply of needed hardware, Friedman’s for those few items Sebastopol Hardware didn’t have on hand, and Wild Brine for the final pile of cardboard sitting on my driveway waiting to be cut up for the final 70 signs!!! Collaboration and creativity in action!!! Wow. Love this town!!

8/23/20: Offering a safe haven for horses who are evacuated.

8/23/20: From Lynda Hopkins: CAL FIRE/County Briefing Update 8.23.2020 @4:30PM — Summary of CAL FIRE Chief Ben Nicholls’ remarks — [en español abajo]

Meyers: Meyers fire should be able to go to 100% containment tomorrow. Chief Nicholls was able to fly it this afternoon at 2PM and it was looking good. Most of the fire that is still burning is burning in the interior of the footprint. Stay tuned for information on repopulation in areas that were evacuated due to the threat of the Meyers Fire.
Walbridge:Walbridge is still the priority fire in the LNU Lightning Complex for the entire Sonoma Lake Napa CAL FIRE unit. There was limited growth overnight, and the fire has behaved as expected. It continues to push towards the Dry Creek Valley and Westside Road areas. It is continuing to back down towards the communities of Rio Nido and Guerneville. CAL FIRE’s top concerns right now are the thunderstorms that are forecast to come in this evening. The red flag warning has continued to grow across the state — from Monterey to Oregon border, over to Tahoe. The Red Flag Warning runs from 5am this morning to 5pm tomorrow night. CAL FIRE’s meteorologists are anticipating that the most likely chance for significant lightning will become between 6 and 11 o’clock tonight, and possibly continue throughout the night. CAL FIRE has bolstered resources along the fire lines, and has resources pre-identified to launch to new starts outside that main fire body area. As a reminder, 96% of CAL FIRE’s resources are committed to these active fires — all stops are being pulled out across the state. Out-of-state mutual aid continues to roll in: resources from Oregon and Washington came into the incident base camp this morning. With respect to weather, even if the storm front doesn’t produce lightning, we have the risk of down drafts coming from the system. They could reach 30-40mph, which is less than the cells from the initial storm. However, the air moving down pushes the fire in a 360 degree direction around the base of that wind, and it can create an extreme fire condition that facilitates rapid growth or spread of the fire. Containment is challenging on both the southern end of the fire in Guerneville and Rio Nido as well as the Dry Creek area due to the heavy vegetation component, as well as the number of structures. CAL FIRE isunable to use the bulldozers the way they’d like to because of the topography. They’re constructing dozer lines and as they begin to receive hand crews at the fires, those hand crews are getting deployed as well, but they’re still few and far between. Where they can make breaks, they’re making those breaks, and they’re trying to connect the dots between those breaks with engines and air drops to hold those fires above the Dry Creek Valley and the communities of Rio Nido and Guerneville. Guerneville is not as much of a concern for Chief Nicholls right now as Rio Nido, which is closer to the fire. But the good news is that the fire is a backing fire and has not made any significant runs in those areas for some time. Smoky air is actually a good sign with respect to fire behavior — it’s a result of atmospheric conditions that essentially keep a lid on the fire, so it is burning at a lower intensity. Unfortunately, the conditions have grounded air attacks from the entire area. Even Ukiah is smoked in. When asked why Forestville and Dry Creek areas are allowed to repopulate, Chief Nicholls noted that those orders were put out with an abundance of caution in case fire conditions drastically increased. We didn’t see those fire conditions increase as expected, which allowed CAL FIRE to reduce those to an advisory. But just because you’re back home, doesn’t mean you’ll stay there. Please maintain situational awareness.
CAL FIRE/ Resúmen de la Actualización del Condado Agosto 23, 2020 @4:30PM – Resúmen de los comentarios del Jefe Nicholls, compilados por Lynda Hopkins
MEYERS: Es posible que el incendio Meyers sea contenido al 100% para mañana. El Jefe Nicholls pudo volar esta tarde a las 2PM y se ve bien. La mayor parte del incendio que todavía esta ardiendo es en el interior de la huella del incendio. Permanezca sintonizado para más información sobre el regreso a casa en las áreas evacuadas debido a la amenaza del incendio Meyers.
WALBRIDGE: El incendio Walbridge es todavía el incendio prioritario en el complejo LNU Lightning para toda la unidad Sonom Lake Napa CAL FIRE. Hubo crecimiento limitado por la noche y el incendio se ha comportado como se esperaba. Continúa avanzando hacía el Dry Creek Valley y el área de Westside Road. Continúa bajando hacia las comunidades de Rio Nido y Guerneville. Las principales preocupaciones de CAL FIRE al momento son las tormentas eléctricas que se pronostican para esta noche. La alerta de bandera roja continúa creciendo en el estado – desde Monterey hasta la frontera con Oregon, y sobre Tahoe. La alerta de bandera roja durara desde las 5AM esta mañana hasta las 5PM de mañana. Los meteorólogos de CAL FIRE anticipan que los la probabilidad relámpagos más significativos sean durante las 6 y las 11 de esta noche, y posiblemente continúen durarnte la noche. CAL FIRE ha reforzado los recursos a lo largo de las líneas del incendio, y tiene preidentificado recursos que puedan enviarse a nuevos incendios fuera del área del incendio principal. Como recordatorio, 96% de los recursos de CAL FIRE están comprometidos para las actividades de estos incendios – se están usando recursos de todo el estado. La ayuda mutúa de fuera del esta continua llegando: recursos de Oregon y Wasington llegaron al campamento base del incidente esta mañana. Con respecto al pronóstico del tiempo, aún si el frente de la tormenta no produce relámpagos, hay riesgo de ráfagas que bajan desde el sistema. Estas ráfagas pueden alcanzad 30-40MPH, lo cual es menos quee las celdas iniciales de la tormenta. Sin embargo, el aire que baja, dispersa el fuego en todas direcciones (360 grados) en la base del viento, y puede crear condiciones de fuego extremas que facilitan el crecimiento o dispersión del incendio. La contención del incendio es difícil en ambos límites del incendio, al sur en Guerneville y Rio Nido y en el área de Dry Creek debido a la componente de vegetación densa, así como el número de estructuras. CAL FIRE no puede usar excavadores de la forma que quisiera debido a la topografía. Están construyendo líneas de entrada y en cuanto reciben personal de mano, son enviados al incendio, aún así son pocos y poco frecuentes. Donde se puede, están rompiento el área del incendio, y están tratando de conectar las zonas de rompimiento con motores y descargas desde el aire para prevenir que el incendio llegue a las zonas de Dry Creek Valley y las comunidades de Rio Nido y Guerneville. Guerneville no es de tanta preocupación para el Jefe Nicholls al momento como lo es Rio Nido, el cual está más cerca del incendio. Las buenas noticias son que el incendio no está avanzando significativamente hacia ninguna de esas área por el momento. Aire con humo es de hecho una buena señal con respect al comportamiento del incendio – es el resultado de condiciones atmosféricas que esencialmente mantienen una tapa en el incendio, de manera que arde a una intensidad menor. Desafortunadamente, las condiciones han detenido los esfuerzos aéreos en toda el área. Las condiciones de humo llegan hasta Ukiah.
Translation by Marisol Garcia Reyes

8/23/20:Yard Signs!

8/23/20: Yard signs! Silk screening is fabulous!


8/23/20: Reassuring map shows very little fire growth overnight - yellow is old, red is the overnight addition. Nice to have the source behind the statement that the fire was quiet overnight...

8/22/20: Local Talent: AJ Lee & Blue Summit. Jesse Fichman is Sebastopol home-grown.


8/22/20: Fire Update from Cloverdale Fire Chief.


8/22/20: From Chris Rogers, update on the Walbridge Fire:



The Walbridge fire is sitting at 51,069 acres, with 0% containment. The Meyers fire is at 2,345 acres, also with 0% containment. The LNU lightning complex fires have destroyed at least 845 structures, damaged another 231, and taken four lives.There are currently 233 engines, 33 water tenders, 11 helicopters, 15 hand crews, 37 dozers, and 1,704 personnel on the lines. After being grounded for a bit this afternoon due to smoke/visibility, air attack resumed on the fire and they hit it hard, including with the VLAT (Very Large Air Tanker) 747. I think that's what I snapped a picture of below. As of this writing, it sounds like the fire is still a ways away from Rio Nido and also Healdsburg. Finally, today President Trump declared a federal disaster, which will allow seven counties (including Sonoma County) to access public assistance and individual assistance from FEMA. It allows the state to access additional resources as well. According to the Governor, CalFire has responded to 56,000 fires since January, and currently 96% of their entire engine fleet is fighting fires. Saw an interesting stat today that I had never heard - CalFire's air bases are located in a way where they can reach any fire in the state within 20 minutes. EDIT: People keep asking me where to find the full map. It's a huge file, but you can find it here:
El incendio de Walbridge tiene una superficie de 51,069 acres, con 0% de contención. El incendio de Meyers está en 2,345 acres, también con 0% de contención. Los incendios del complejo de rayos de LNU destruyeron al menos 845 estructuras, dañaron otras 231 y se cobraron cuatro vidas. Actualmente hay 233 motores, 33 botes de agua, 11 helicópteros, 15 equipos de mano, 37 topadoras y 1,704 personal en las líneas. Después de estar un poco en tierra esta tarde debido al humo / visibilidad, el ataque aéreo se reanudó y lo golpearon con fuerza, incluso con el VLAT (Very Large Air Tanker) 747. Creo que eso es lo que saqué una foto de abajo. Al momento de escribir estas líneas, parece que el fuego aún está muy lejos de Rio Nido y también de Healdsburg. Finalmente, hoy el presidente Trump declaró un desastre federal, lo que permitirá a siete condados (incluido el condado de Sonoma) acceder a asistencia pública y asistencia individual de FEMA. También permite al estado acceder a recursos adicionales. Según el gobernador, CalFire ha respondido a 56.000 incendios desde enero y actualmente el 96% de toda su flota de motores está combatiendo incendios. Hoy vi una estadística interesante que nunca había escuchado: las bases aéreas de CalFire están ubicadas de manera que puedan alcanzar cualquier incendio en el estado en 20 minutos.

8/22/20: Beautiful evening sky. The wind blew all the smoke north east. Not great for Healdsburg, but it really is wonderful to breath clean air for a bit.

8/22/20: Yard sign update: 100 pieces cut! Hot smoky work!! Thank you to Wayne Stanfield and my dedicated husband Daniel Rich for all the amazing g help! Next? Painting both sides white in prep for screen printing. Stay tuned! (Work is an excellent antidote to free floating are-we-going-to-be-evacuated worry.)


8/22/20: While you were sleeping...  From the Sonoma County Sheriff's Facebook Page. Raw video footage from a nightime rescue by Henry 1 of two firefighters who became trapped by a fire and could not escape the advancing fire.

8/22/20: Forestville evacuating. Warnings extended south to just short of Graton. Air quality bad. Sebastopol still solidly OK.


8/22/20: More Work on Campaign Signs!


8/22/20: Love this video. So much compassion and caring - just what we need in leadership to bring us all together. It was taken a few months ago, when 13 year old Brayden Harrington (who spoke at the Democratic National Convention this past week) first met Joe Biden. This brought tears to my eyes. So sweet and genuine. From Joe Biden: "I remember when I first met Brayden on a rope line in New Hampshire. I knew he was an extraordinary kid. Little did either of us know he’d be a convention speaker a few months later. Proud as ever of this brilliant young man."



8/22/20: Gotta love Supervisor Lynda Hopkins. This is courtesy of her, last night at 11pm, clearly tired but hanging in there for all of us in West County. And yes, I agree with her: a bit of gallows humor can definitely help!

8/22/20: Meyers & Walbridge Fire Update from Lynda Hopkins

EOC Morning Briefing Update — 8.22.2020 @8:30AM — En Español Abajo — ***** 9:30AM update — confirmed that winds have already shifted. We are now looking at a southeastern wind (AKA, pushing towards the northwest), raising concerns about areas of Lake Sonoma. Cloverdale residents, just be aware. This will take pressure off of the river communities but poses danger along the eastern edge of the fire.
***** SITUATIONAL UPDATE according to Emergency Management Director Chris Godley:
Meyers:Meyers is downgraded to 2,400 acres, in terms of more accurate perimeter. They’re feeling pretty good about that one. It’s staying south of Fort Ross Road. Walbridge:The fire behaved itself last night. The marine layer came in, the high humidity effectively allowed a lie-down of the fire, especially around the periphery. Fire advance was relatively limited. The fire of course is 0% contained, so it’s making moves in all directions, albeit slowly. We do expect to start to see some containment lines coming up as the firefighters find some cold edges and feel that the fire won’t make any advances in that area. Might see containment numbers this evening.
Fire is continuing to progress very slowly and at a low level through Armstrong, up and around Mt. Jackson. There were some flare ups last night around Mt Jackson but they maintained the security of the communications site.We expect the fire to try to push southerly, southeasterly, down near and around Korbel. Another focus today is Sweetwater Springs canyon, which is the most currently aligned with wind direction.
It’s NOT in the canyon of Rio Nido, it’s up above, on the hillside, close to where the slide was back in the 90s. But not into the canyon yet. That is not now the leading edge of the fire. It’s kind of sliding over southerly towards river. It may literally, if we are lucky, just skip the top of Rio Nido. The fire continues to burn at a lower intensity, and Armstrong Woods should fare better in this fire than Santa Cruz did.
On far eastern side, fire made progress around Wallace Creek drainage, the one that’s most proximate to Healdsburg. At this point it’s looking pretty good because yesterday they were able to pound it from the air. That made a really significant dent, especially on the Eastern flank due to topography and the type of vegetation that’s burning. Aircraft are not quite as effective in heavily timbered areas, which is the challenge around the Lower Russian River.With respect to weather, the marine layer will burn off, fire will get hotter and more active later this afternoon. Lower winds and higher elevation winds may be running at cross purposes... with lower winds pushing the fire to the east and southeast, and higher winds pushing north.
The National Weather Service just updated the fire weather watch. It will now start at 5am Sunday, 8/23. There is potential for dry lightning. Heavy gusty winds will exacerbate our fire conditions.
Fire resources continue to come in — substantial arrivals from other parts of the state. We expect another big shipment today. Local fire agencies had placed into rotation their crews so they could rest. But the fire is so erratic that they canceled that last night, and they’ve now asked the fire agencies to keep these engines out on the line. Some have been on the line quite literally for 4 days.With a two day dry lightning threat, they want to make sure we’re ready. It’s important to know that dry lightning and winds tend to ground aircraft. That’s why we want to have as much on the ground as possible. CAL FIRE Damage inspection teams will be on the ground today assessing structure damage and loss, and will be plotting that via GIS. Permit Sonoma staff will accompany them. It will take a couple days for them to generate specific information to share publicly. Focus is above Mill Creek, that’s where the largest number of damaged and lost structures are.
*Gracias a Belle Sweeney* Actualización del informe matutino de EOC - 8.22.2020 @ 8:30 AM
ACTUALIZACIÓN SITUACIONAL según el Director de Manejo de Emergencias Chris Godley: Incendio Meyers: Meyers se rebajó a 2,400 acres, en términos de perímetro más preciso. Se sienten bastante bien con eso. El incendio se queda al sur de Fort Ross Road. Incendio Walbridge:El fuego se portó bien anoche. La capa marina entró y la alta humedad permitió efectivamente que el fuego se acostara, especialmente alrededor de la periferia. El avance del fuego anoche fue relativamente limitado. El incendio, por supuesto, está contenido en un 0%, por lo que se mueve en todas direcciones, aunque lentamente. Esperamos comenzar a ver algunas líneas de contención a medida de que los bomberos encuentren algunos bordes fríos y que sientan que el fuego no hará ningún avance en esa área. Podría ver números de contención esta noche.El incendio continúa avanzando muy lentamente y a un nivel bajo a través de Armstrong Woods, hacia arriba y alrededor del Mt. Jackson. Anoche hubo algunos brotes alrededor de Mt Jackson, pero mantuvieron la seguridad del sitio de comunicaciones.Esperamos que el fuego intente empujar hacia el sur, hacia el sureste, cerca y alrededor de Korbel. Otro enfoque hoy es el Cañón de Sweetwater Springs, que es el más alineado actualmente con la dirección del viento.En el perímetro este, el incendio avanzó alrededor del drenaje de Wallace Creek, el más cercano al pueblo de Healdsburg. En este momento se ve bastante bien porque ayer pudieron machacarlo con aire. Eso hizo una mella realmente significativa, especialmente en el flanco oriental debido a la topografía y al tipo de vegetación que se está quemando. Las aeronaves no son tan efectivas en áreas con mucho entramado de madera, que es el desafío alrededor del Río Ruso (Russian River).Con respecto al clima, la capa marina se quemará, el fuego se volverá más caliente y más activo esta tarde. Los vientos en las elevaciones más bajas y más altas pueden correr con propósitos cruzados con vientos más bajos empujando el fuego hacia al este y al sureste, y con vientos más altos empujando hacia el norte.El Servicio Meteorológico Nacional acaba de actualizar la alerta meteorológica contra incendios. Ahora comenzará a las 5am del domingo 23 de agosto. Existe la posibilidad de que se produzcan rayos secos. Los fuertes vientos racheados exacerbaran nuestras condiciones de incendio.
Los recursos de incendios continúan llegando, llegadas sustanciales desde otras partes del estado. Esperamos otro gran envío de bomberos hoy. Las agencias de bomberos locales habían puesto en rotación a sus equipos para que pudieran descansar. Pero el fuego es tan errático que cancelaron de descanso anoche, y ahora le han pedido a las agencias de bomberos que mantengan estos motores en las líneas de contrafuego. Algunos han estado en la línea literalmente durante los últimos 4 días.Con la amenaza de rayos secos anticipados en dos días, quieren asegurarse de que estemos listos. Es importante saber que los rayos y los vientos secos tienden a aterrizar los aviones. Es por eso que queremos tener tantos recursos como sea posible sobre el terreno.
El incendio no ha llegado al Cañón del Río Nido, pero si se presenta arriba, en la ladera, cerca de donde estaba la avalancha de lodo en los años 90. Pero no está en el Cañón todavía. Esta zona por el momento no es el borde progresiva del fuego. Esta como deslizándose hacia el sur = hacia el río. Puede ser que, literalmente, se salte la cima del Río Nido. El fuego continúa ardiendo a una intensidad muy baja, y Armstrong Woods saldrá mejor en este incendio que en Santa Cruz. Los Equipos de Inspección de Daños de CAL FIRE estarán hoy en el terreno para evaluar el daño y la pérdida de estructuras, y lo trazarán a través de GIS. El personal de la oficina de permisos del Condado de Sonoma los acompañará. Les llevará un par de días para generar información específicamente para compartir públicamente. Ahora, el enfoque está por encima de Mill Creek, que es donde se encuentra la mayor cantidad de estructuras dañadas y pérdidas. Vía Lynda Hopkins.Translation by Jacqueline Ocana

8/22/20: Really? Thunderstorms and dry lightning Sunday through Tuesday? Are you kidding me??!!

8/21/20: On a lighter note...


8/21/20:Dumpster Diving!


8/21/20: Driving toward Sebastopol from Santa Rosa.

8/21/20: FYI. as of 11:08am, Forestville under mandatory evacuation, also the Lake Sonoma area.

8/21/20: Hello All. Warning zones for the Walbridge Fire have been extended south along 116 to (basically) Green Valley Road and Guerneville Road. Winds are going southeast now, and expected to push to the north tonight. Sad sad news for our neighbors to the North and East, but reassuring news (at least for now) for the Sebastopol area. If you know anyone in Forestville or Windsor or Healdsburg, reach out to them. They haven’t had to evacuate yet, but that may be coming up for them. If you can offer any help or even a bit of a safety net, you’ll help them feel just a little less anxious, and you’ll feel happy to have helped someone else in a tough time. All good...

8/21/20: ...and a great way to track wind speed and direction...

8/21/20: Super interesting heat map that shows updated fire activity.

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