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  • Published on November 14, 2019

    In response to the Kincade Fire County leadership recognized the need for swift action so property owners could start the rebuilding process as quickly as possible. Important elements include debris cleanup, expedited permitting processes, and additional services for fire survivors. 

  • Published on November 7, 2019 at 3:20 PM

    On November 5, 2019, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors took action to meet the urgent housing needs of Kincade Fire survivors. The Kincaid Fire destroyed or damaged 434 structures, 209 of which are residential. In response to this fire, the Board of Supervisors adopted the Urgency Ordinance to add a new code, Kincade Fire Disaster Recovery (Chapter 40A), to Sonoma County Code.

  • Published on November 5, 2019

    The County of Sonoma will conduct an initial Household Hazardous Waste sweep on properties impacted by the Kincade Fire to protect the public and the environment.

  • Published on November 5, 2019
    Permit Sonoma is conducting initial damage assessments on an estimated 59 buildings damaged by the Kincade Fire. Rapid Evaluation Safety Assessment, also known as RESA, allows people to inhabit and use safe homes and businesses, and ensures that people are prohibited from entering unsafe structures.

  • Published on October 25, 2019

    On October 10, 2019, the Board of Supervisors voted to extend the Temporary Emergency Housing Ordinance related to the 2017 Complex Fires. The ordinance was originally scheduled to expire December 31, 2019, but will now be extended until December 31, 2021. With this extension, temporary recreational vehicles and manufactured homes will continue to be permitted for temporary emergency housing through December 31, 2021. Conditions of the permit require that a final inspection be requested prior to that date, confirming that the structure(s) have been removed by December 31, 2021.

  • Published on September 27, 2019

    The City of Santa Rosa and the County of Sonoma continue to encourage residents living in and around the areas burned by the Sonoma Complex Fires to prepare their property for the rainy season and remain alert for possible threats from intense winter storms. 

  • Published on September 13, 2019

    The County is working to help fire survivors move back into their homes. In some cases, people may be able to obtain a temporary occupancy permit, allowing them to move into their home before the building permit is finaled.

  • Published on May 23, 2019

    CivicSpark is now accepting Fellow applications for the 2019-20 service year! CivicSpark, a Governor’s Initiative AmeriCorps program, builds capacity for public agencies to address sustainability and opportunity access issues in California. Learn more and apply at civicspark.lgc.org/join-civicspark/fellow/.

  • Published on December 12, 2018
    On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors approved the Recovery and Resiliency Framework which serves as a vision and approach for how Sonoma County will recover and emerge more resilient from the October 2017 wildfires.
  • Published on September 26, 2018
    Yesterday, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors received the Draft Recovery and Resiliency Framework which provides a blueprint to help the county rebuild and recover from the October 2017 wildfires and emerge stronger and better prepared for future disasters.
  • Published on September 20, 2018
    The County of Sonoma and City of Santa Rosa will hold a ceremony on October 8, 2018 in observance of the one year anniversary of the Sonoma Complex fires. The ceremony will include a memorial bell ringing to remember those who lost their lives in the fires and provide an opportunity for community grieving, healing and reflection through public chalk art expression. The chalk art will continue on October 9th.
  • Published on August 9, 2018

    The County of Sonoma encourages all Spanish speaking residents to participate in two workshops that will gather public input to shape the Recovery and Resiliency Plan to ensure the safety, livelihoods, and economic prosperity of the residents of Sonoma County.

  • Published on July 31, 2018

    The County of Sonoma continues to encourage residents to participate in workshops that will gather public input to shape the Recovery and Resiliency Plan to ensure the safety, livelihoods, and economic prosperity of the residents of Sonoma County.

  • Published on July 24, 2018

    The County of Sonoma continues to encourage residents to participate in workshops that will gather public input to shape the Recovery and Resiliency Plan to ensure the safety, livelihoods, and economic prosperity of the residents of Sonoma County. This workshop will be held at the Petaluma Community Center on Wednesday, July 25 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM.

  • Published on June 27, 2018

    The County of Sonoma encourages residents to participate in workshops that will gather public input to shape the Recovery and Resiliency Plan to ensure the safety, livelihoods, and economic prosperity of the residents of Sonoma County.

  • Published on June 21, 2018

    Today the County issued the certificate of occupancy for the first completed rebuild in unincorporated Sonoma County. This property is located in the Berrybrook neighborhood of Santa Rosa and was destroyed by the devastating 2017 Sonoma Complex Fires.
    Find out more including photos

  • Published on May 14, 2018

    The County of Sonoma and the City of Santa Rosa in partnership with the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) have committed to addressing over excavation issues that occurred as a result of the government-sponsored debris removal program after the October 2017 wildfires. Cal OES will work in coordination with the County of Sonoma and City of Santa Rosa to examine sites of concern and determine if over excavation occurred.

  • Published on April 5, 2018
    A series of rain and stream flow gauges have been installed within and downstream of the areas burned by the devastating October wildfires, providing real-time data to weather forecasters who are responsible for sending out alerts to residents when flashfloods or debris flows may be imminent.
  • Published on April 2, 2018

    The County of Sonoma hosts monthly project coordination meetings the second Thursday of each month starting April 12 to review and guide projects through the environmental and regulatory permitting process. These meetings are designed for review and discussion of post-fire bridge rebuilding projects as well as other routine projects related to rivers, creeks, wetlands, or other regulated natural resources.

  • Published on April 2, 2018
    The County of Sonoma is following the rebuilding journey of Bill Collins and Vicky McKay, a couple who lost their home in the Tubbs Fire. This documentary series of short videos captures  their experiences, highlighting information that is relevant to our broader community as we move forward with recovery and rebuilding.
  • Published on March 21, 2018

    In a continuing effort to reduce wait times and improve customer experience, the County of Sonoma’s Permit Center has implemented new software that enables customers to schedule appointments or join today’s line remotely, instead of waiting in the lobby.

  • Published on February 25, 2018
    Cal OES has conducted a high-level, independent assessment of Sonoma County’s emergency notification process and response to the October 2017 devastating wildfires.

  • Published on February 21, 2018

    The County of Sonoma encourages residents rebuilding from the October 2017 wildfires to bring their questions to a Rebuilding Community Meeting on Wednesday, February 28, 2018, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Altimira Middle School located at 17805 Arnold Drive, Sonoma. 

  • Published on February 20, 2018

    When: February 28, 2018 from 6:00  8:00 PM 
    The County of Sonoma encourages residents in Sonoma Valley rebuilding from the October 2017 wildfires to bring their questions to a Rebuilding Community Meeting on Wednesday, February 28, 2018. County Supervisor Susan Gorin will host the meeting.

  • Published on February 14, 2018

    The County of Sonoma and City of Santa Rosa have set April 9, 2018 as the deadline for completion of private fire debris cleanup. 

  • Published on February 14, 2018
    Sonoma County Board of Supervisors members, Shirlee Zane and Lynda Hopkins, with special guest Congressman Mike Thompson, invite all community members to attend the Mental Health Resiliency Forum on Thursday, February 22nd.
  • Published on February 9, 2018

    When: February 15, 2018 from 6:00 8:00 PM
    The City of Santa Rosa and County of Sonoma encourage residents rebuilding from the October 2017 wildfires to bring their questions to a Rebuilding Community Meeting on Thursday, February 15, 2018.

  • Published on January 30, 2018

    When: February 22, 2018 from 9:00 12:00 PM
    Permit Sonoma is hosting another public environmental regulatory permit meeting for owners of private bridges that were damaged in the fires.

  • Published on January 29, 2018
    The County of Sonoma is establishing a Resiliency Permit Center exclusively dedicated to assist survivors of the fires rebuild. The center, which will open on February 13, 2018 will accelerate the permitting process for home owners of the approximately 3,000 residential properties destroyed or damaged in unincorporated areas of Sonoma County
  • Published on January 24, 2018
    The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors invites community members to attend and provide input to guide post-fire recovery efforts at three upcoming public workshops. Each workshop will focus on a different topic, including Housing, Natural Resources, Economic Development, Health and Human Services, and Infrastructure.
  • Published on January 24, 2018
    Sonoma County Clerk, William F. Rousseau, is urging residents displaced by the October 2017 wildfires to update their mailing address with the Registrar of Voters so that they receive voting materials for upcoming elections.
  • Published on January 19, 2018
    Federal, state, and county leaders will all come together for a Recovery & Rebuilding Town Hall in Sonoma on Tuesday, January 30 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. The Town Hall will be an opportunity for residents to receive updated information on debris removal and what to expect during the rebuilding process in the months to come

  • Published on January 18, 2018
    Within seven weeks of opening its doors, the Santa Rosa’s Resilient City Permit Center has issued five residential rebuild permits with over a dozen more under review. Three of these permits include properties that were included in the Sonoma County Consolidated Fire Debris Removal Program, the government-sponsored fire debris removal program managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in coordination with the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, Federal Emergency Management Agency and local officials.
  • Published on January 18, 2018

    Use this document to evaluate the condition and location of septic systems for the purpose of rebuilding structures destroyed by the Sonoma Complex Fire and to determine the capability of septic systems county-wide to support temporary housing.

  • Published on January 11, 2018
    California Governor Jerry Brown released the proposed FY 2018-19 State budget today, which includes a number of items that support the County of Sonoma’s and City of Santa Rosa’s efforts to recover from the devastating October 2017 wildfires. Specifically, the budget designates $23.7 million to backfill property tax losses incurred by the city, county, and special districts on damaged homes and businesses.
  • Published on October 26, 2017

    Acceptance and processing of applications for new vacation rental or hosted rental permits will be suspended for 45 days. The suspension is issued via ordinance by the Board of Supervisors to facilitate emergency housing for persons displaced by the Sonoma Complex Fire. The suspension could be extended by the Board of Supervisors on or before December 5, 2017. More Information

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