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Posted on: July 29, 2021

Wildfire Ready: Understanding the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI)

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The Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) is defined as areas where homes and buildings are built near or among lands prone to wildland fire. The WUI is a geographical area, not a place. In Santa Rosa, we also refer to the portions of the City in the WUI as the ...

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Fire Department News
Posted on: July 20, 2021

Wildfire Ready: Preparing Your Deck For Fire Season and Making it Safer

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Decks are often one of the most beautiful parts of a home, but they can also contribute to the spread of a wildfire. There are several critical steps that you can take, that range from the type of material used to build or rebuild the balcony or deck, kee...

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Fire Department News
Posted on: July 16, 2021

CANCELED: Red Flag Warning is Canceled for Dry Lightning

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UPDATE 7/19/21 at 8:00 a.m.

CANCELED: RED FLAG WARNING IS CANCELED FOR DRY LIGHTNING

The National Weather Service has canceled the Red Flag Warning. Convection no longer looks favorable for the region so they have canceled the Red Flag Warning which include...

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Fire Department News
Posted on: July 15, 2021

Wildfire Ready: Removing Ladder Fuels & Properly Spacing Plants and Trees on Your Property

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Ladder fuels are the vegetation that allows fire to spread up from the landscape into a tree. Common ladder fuels include tall grasses, shrubs, and tree branches, both living and dead. The removal of fire ladders and fuels is part of creating defensible s...

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Fire Department News
Posted on: July 8, 2021

Wildfire Ready: Harden Your Home with Gutter Guard and Vent Screen Installations

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Installing gutter guards and retrofitting your vent screens are some of the easiest ways to protect your home against wildfires. This is also known as home hardening and helps improve the chances of your home withstanding a fire due to ember cast, radiant...

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Fire Department News
Posted on: July 8, 2021

Excessive Heat Warning 12PM Friday (7/9) through 11PM Sunday (7/11)

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Update: 7.9.21

*UPDATE - Heat Advisory Issued For North Bay Valleys* 

The National Weather Service has now issued a Heat Advisory for the North Bay Valleys from 12PM Friday, 7/9, through 11PM Sunday, 7/11. This advisory includes ALL of Sant Rosa. T...

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Fire Department News
Posted on: July 1, 2021

Wildfire Ready: Considerations for Using Mulch for Groundcover Around the Home

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As you continue to prepare for wildfires and the current drought conditions, it is important to make fire-wise decisions to protect your home and property. This includes the use of mulch as a ground cover. Mulch can provide benefits around your home but, ...

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Fire Department News
Posted on: June 29, 2021

SR Fire Department Reminds Residents About Use & Dangers of Fireworks in Advance of Fourth of July

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Summer is officially underway which means increased outdoor activities, with the Fourth of July being no exception. The City of Santa Rosa Fire Department wants to remind residents that the possession, storage, sale and use of all fireworks is illegal wit...

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Fire Department News
Posted on: June 16, 2021

Wildfire Ready: One Less Spark—One Less Wildfire

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The “One Less Spark—One Less Wildfire” campaign is designed to provide constant reminders during this fire season to reduce the numbers of vehicle and equipment fires throughout our community and across the state. By reviewin...

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Fire Department News
Posted on: June 14, 2021

Heat Advisory and Excessive Heat Warning

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The NWS has issued a Heat Advisory for the North Bay, including all of Santa Rosa, which will be in effect from 11AM Wednesday (6/16) through 1PM Friday (6/18). The Heat Advisory for Wednesday will be upgraded to an Excessive Heat Warning for the North Ba...

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Fire Department News
Posted on: June 9, 2021

Wildfire Ready: Know Your Zone, Learn Your Ways Out, Prepare a Go Bag

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Being prepared for an emergency includes knowing your evacuation zone and understanding all of your ways out of your neighborhood. In the City of Santa Rosa zones are organized by neighborhoods and geographical areas instead of numbers or letters. Having ...

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Fire Department News
Posted on: June 3, 2021

Wildfire Ready: Ensuring Defensible Space on Your Property

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Wildfire season is here and knowing how to create defensible space can potentially save your home and property. Defensible space is the buffer you create between a building on your property and the grass, trees, shrubs, or any other wildland that surround...

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Fire Department News
Posted on: May 21, 2021

Questions About Evacuation Tags?

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While evacuation tags are helpful in some communities, including rural areas where first responders may need to spend more time to reach rural residents, within the Santa Rosa city limits – a more densely populated community – evacuation tags are not util...

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Fire Department News
Posted on: May 20, 2021

Wildfire Ready: Understanding High Wind Advisories and Red Flag Events

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The recent warm and breezy conditions have continued to dry out drought stressed vegetation in and around Santa Rosa.  Following the declaration of Fire Season on Monday, May 17, 2021, the recent weather conditions have caused concern amongst res...

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Posted on: May 11, 2021

SRFD to Declare May 17th Official Start of Wildfire Season in Santa Rosa

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The City of Santa Rosa Fire Department will officially declare May 17, 2021 as the start of this year’s wildfire season in Santa Rosa. The date has been set following several days of Red Flag Warning conditions just outside the City limits in the North Ba...

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Fire Department News
Posted on: May 7, 2021

Red Flag Warning In Effect from 11pm Friday, 5/7 to 6am, Monday 5/10 for North Bay Mountains

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**RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM FRIDAY, 5/7 TO 6 AM PDT MONDAY, 5/10 FOR AREAS INCLUDING THE NORTH BAY HILLS**

The NWS is forecasting a moderate early season offshore wind event. This will occur as fuels are near record dry levels after a very dry ...

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Fire Department News
Posted on: March 15, 2021

City of Santa Rosa Names New Fire Chief

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The City of Santa Rosa has selected Scott Westrope as the next Chief of the Santa Rosa Fire Department following a nationwide and extensive recruitment.

Westrope has served 21 of his 27-year fire service career with the Santa Rosa Fire Department – includi...

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Fire Department News
Posted on: March 4, 2021

Council to Consider Ordinance Allowing Vegetative Debris Pile Burning for Wildfire Mitigation

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At their March 16th meeting, City Council will consider an Ordinance allowing property owners to burn vegetative debris piles as a way to reduce the threat of wildfires. This type of pile burning, under appropriate weather conditions, can rapidly eliminat...

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Fire Department News
Posted on: May 25, 2021

$33.9M in Federal Funding Allocated to City for Rebuilding & Resiliency

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A total of $33.9M in Federal funding was recently allocated to the City of Santa Rosa to support the unmet needs for rebuilding infrastructure damaged during the 2017 wildfires as well as to make infrastructure improvements to protect lives, homes, and bu...
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Posted on: May 27, 2021

Know Your Emergency Alerts

Know Your Emergency Alerts

Emergencies can happen anywhere, at any time. That is why it is important to understand the different warning notifications and systems public safety officials will use to alert you during an emergency. Some of these systems require prior registration inc...

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Posted on: July 1, 2021

Joint Message from Police Chief Navarro and Fire Chief Westrope Ahead of July 4th Celebrations

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In the face of extreme heat, low humidity, and record drought conditions, we urge Santa Rosans to make safe choices and NOT use fireworks when celebrating the Fourth of July this year.

Regardless of the allure and nostalgia of fireworks, remember that ALL ...

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