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Mobile home engine fire shuts down Golf Course Drive to Santa Rosa Avenue

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A roadway lane was shutdown for nearly an hour Sunday after a motor home began emitting smoke along the roadway, according to the Sonoma County Fire District.

The incident occurred shortly after 4:30 p.m. No injuries were reported.

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For the City of Santa Rosa, wildfire season is over

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On Monday, Santa Rosa Fire Department officials declared an end to the five-month 2022 wildfire season.

The department announced that, “While conditions around the region and state vary, locally, Santa Rosa has received enough beneficial rainfall, with more forecasted this week, to significantly reduce the threat of fires in the community.”

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Sonoma County: PG&E Pilots AI Wildfire Reduction Program

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SONOMA COUNTY, CA — The Pacific Gas & Electric Company is piloting a new program in Sonoma County that seeks to use artificial intelligence technology to detect wildfires early.

The program was rolled out across the highest-risk fire zones in the Bay Area and across PG&E’s service territory, according to a statement from the utility. The pilot couples AI technology with high-definition cameras designed to detect signs of smoke.

PG&E said it recently installed 138 HD cameras, 24 of which were located in Sonoma County. About 120 of those cameras were installed in the nine-county Bay Area, half of which were located in the North Bay.

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Chance of dry lightning triggers fire weather watch for most of Sonoma County, North Bay

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A year after lightning sparked the 55,209-acre Walbridge fire, Sonoma County is again on the verge of being hit by a dry lightning storm that, though smaller, could trigger more fires due to the North Bay’s ever-expanding withered landscape.

Concerns that dry lightning may develop across the North Bay Thursday evening, prompted the National Weather Service to issue a fire weather watch which will take effect at 5 p.m. Thursday until 11 a.m. Friday.

Dry lightning is lightning that develops whenever storms don’t produce rain. This week’s conditions are expected to be “more dry than wet,” according to the weather service.

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Cache fire’s environmental damage prompts Clearlake state of emergency

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At the front of a Creekside Mobile Home Park residence in Lower Lake, statues remain, charred, but standing, Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021. 56 homes were destroyed by the fast moving Cache fire, Wednesday afternoon. (Kent Porter / The Press Democrat) 2021

Cache fire’s environmental damage prompts Clearlake state of emergency

At the front of a Creekside Mobile Home Park residence in Lower Lake, statues remain, charred, but standing, Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021. 56 homes were destroyed by the fast moving Cache fire, Wednesday afternoon. (Kent Porter / The Press Democrat) 2021

A day after hundreds of residents in Clearlake and the neighboring town of Lower Lake fled for their lives as the fast-moving, wind-fed Cache fire engulfed homes, destroyed or damaged trees, vehicles and infrastructure, emotions remained high.

For some, though, the fear had turned into anger and frustration.

Don Shae repeatedly returned Thursday to the intersection of Dam Road and Lake Street where a roadblock kept him from accessing the rural neighborhood where the Cache fire wiped out a mobile home park and several other properties.

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Clearlake’s Cache fire at 80 acres, 20% contained, 1 injured, dozens of homes destroyed

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Guy Boyd cools himself off while spraying water on his property along Lake Street in Lower Lake on Wednesday, August 18, 2021. (Christopher Chung/ The Press Democrat)

Clearlake’s Cache fire at 80 acres, 20% contained, 1 injured, dozens of homes destroyed

Guy Boyd cools himself off while spraying water on his property along Lake Street in Lower Lake on Wednesday, August 18, 2021. (Christopher Chung/ The Press Democrat)

Firefighters were battling a fast-moving wildfire in Clearlake into the evening Wednesday. By 7 p.m., they reported the blaze at 80 acres, with 20% containment, but not before it had injured one person, destroyed multiple structures and prompted the evacuations of about 1,600 people from the towns of Clearlake and Lower Lake. Some people had been able to return to their homes Wednesday night, but many were likely without power, as outages continued to affect the areas around the fire.

Dubbed the Cache fire, it was reported in the area of Sixth Avenue and Cache Street shortly after 12:30 p.m. Located in Lake County, the area is about 50 miles northeast of Santa Rosa.

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Tractors blamed for 50 acre fire near Santa Rosa

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Matt Rinehart, with Sonoma County Fire fights a grass fire along Llano Road, north of Todd Road, in Santa Rosa on Tuesday, August 10, 2021. (Christopher Chung/ The Press Democrat)

Tractors blamed for 50 acre fire near Santa Rosa

Matt Rinehart, with Sonoma County Fire fights a grass fire along Llano Road, north of Todd Road, in Santa Rosa on Tuesday, August 10, 2021. (Christopher Chung/ The Press Democrat)

Two tractors with mechanical issues sparked a 50 acre fire that burned near Santa Rosa Tuesday evening.

Authorities are looking for whomever operated the vehicles, which were spotted by witnesses along eastbound Todd Road where Tuesday’s blaze ignited, said Cyndi Foreman, Sonoma County Fire District division chief and fire marshal.

“It’s accidental in nature,” she said of the fire. “We really encourage heavy equipment operators to make sure their vehicles are in good operating condition, that any trailers they are towing do not have chains that are dragging, and they are conscious of any issues to their vehicles that could potentially cause a spark.”

Fire officials are especially concerned as Sonoma County endures a drought that has significantly dried out vegetation across the North Bay.

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Fire destroys Ukiah business

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A business was destroyed in a fire early Friday in Ukiah.

The fire at Norge Cleaners & Full Services on South State Street was reported around 4:14 a.m., according to Ukiah Valley Fire Authority Chief Doug Hutchison.

When firefighters arrived, the blaze was too intense to save the dry cleaning business so they focused on protecting the units and buildings around it, Hutchison said.

The dry cleaner was in the same building as the Ukiah Natural Foods Co-op and about 10 feet north of the Mendocino County Department of Social Services building

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Fire At Burger King Causes $200K In Damages

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SANTA ROSA, CA — A Santa Rosa fast-food restaurant was shut down Wednesday because of damage from a fire, the Santa Rosa Fire Department said.

Around 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, the fire department got several 911 calls about a fire at Burger King, 741 Stony Point Road, Santa Rosa FD Battalion Chief Jason Jenkins said.

The first engine crew was on scene within 4 minutes and found smoke on the roof and inside the restaurant so they requested additional crews, Jenkins said.

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Santa Rosa Firefighters Rescue Dog From Apartment Fire

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SANTA ROSA, CA — Firefighters took control of a fire in an apartment complex and rescued a dog in Santa Rosa late Saturday night.

Santa Rosa Fire Department tweeted that crews responded to a 10:05 p.m. report of a two-alarm fire at the Vineyard Garden Apartments in the 200 block of Burt Street. Six engines and two ladder trucks responded.

Upon arrival, they found significant flames coming from the first and second floors of four units.
A 39-second video the department posted shows a portion of the blaze being battled.

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