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Sonoma County leaders pressed to dedicate PG&E wildfire settlement money to fire safety work

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At her sister’s house in Sonoma Valley, Susan Gorin, chair of the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, was puzzling over a spreadsheet in an attempt to track down more than two dozen homeowners whose houses had been destroyed by the Glass fire that broke out Sept. 27 in Napa County and spread west to Santa Rosa.

“It’s hard. … It’s a really hard day,” said Gorin, who was working to connect neighbors and other county residents with the resources they would need to begin recovering from the latest siege of wildfire.

That was Wednesday, days before Gorin and her fellow supervisors were scheduled to have their own reckoning over county resources, facing mounting public pressure to dedicate the bulk of remaining PG&E settlement funds from the 2017 firestorm ― about $120 million ― to bolster fire prevention in the area.

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