ALERTS & UPDATES
September, 9 2021
Attention Members: CalFire and the National Weather Service have issued a Red Flag Warning beginning September 9 (today) through September 10 (tomorrow). Areas of potential impact include, East Bay Hills and the Diablo Range; East Bay Interior Valleys; North Bay Interior Valleys; North Bay Mountains. Dry lightning as well as gusty/erratic wind potential is anticipated in these areas this afternoon through Friday morning.
What This Means
A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will shortly. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior.
Immediate Weather Impacts You Should Know
Upper level moisture continues to increase over the region from south to north. The sub-tropical moisture will interact with an upper level disturbance moving in from the west. Thunderstorm chances increase late this afternoon into early Friday morning as the disturbance moves inland. Thunderstorms will be a mix of wet and dry, but given how dry the fuels are any lightning strikes will be problematic. The threat for thunderstorms diminishes early Friday as the moisture exits eastward.
- WINDS: Gusty and erratic winds are possible near any showers or thunderstorms.
- LIGHTNING: Isolated to scattered thunderstorms may develop late this afternoon and continue overnight into Friday morning. Fast-moving storms may produce dry lightning.
August 17, 2021
Sonoma County is presently under a Red Flag Warning from 11:00 PM tonight (Tuesday) through 11:00 AM tomorrow (Wednesday) morning. Additionally, we have received updates from the County of Sonoma that PG&E is likely to issue a PSPS (Public Safety Power Shutoff), that is set to impact around 1,800 Sonoma County residents this evening, including largely the Sonoma Valley.
This information changes quickly, and the information provided in this email could be out of date. SVVGA encourages you to visit www.pge.com/pspsupdates and enter your address to find out if you may be impacted but the power shutoffs, and for the most up to date information. Entering your address is the most accurate way to find out if your residence of business is impacted.
Sonoma Valley Areas of Impact
- Some residents in the hills east of Highway 12 from Calistoga Road/St. Helena Road in the North though Pythian, Nelligan, Cavedale/Trinity
- North east of Sonoma in the Moon Mountain area, Norrbom, and Gehricke Roads
- West of Arnold/Highway 12, the areas in/near Jack London State Park and Sonoma Mountain including North/upper Diamond A area and the west side of the mountain will be impacted as well
When can I anticipate the PSPS?
- It is estimated that shutoffs may happen between 7:00 PM and 8:00 PM tonight, with restoration currently estimated at 2:00 PM tomorrow.
Resource Centers in Sonoma Valley
- There will be a Community Resource Center in Sonoma at the First Congregational Church of Sonoma at 252 W Spain Street, and one in the Montgomery Village area in East Santa Rosa at the Presbyterian Church of the Roses at 2500 Patio Ct.
- These Community Resource Centers will be open until 10:00 PM Tuesday (today) and open at 8:00 AM Wednesday (tomorrow) for those without power to charge their devices and get updates from PG&E.
A period of gusty, offshore winds and low humidity are expected late Tuesday evening into Wednesday afternoon. The areas of greatest concern are the North Bay Mountains. There is the potential these stronger winds and low humidity could also spread into the interior hills of Sonoma County and into the East Bay Hills/Diablo Range of Alameda and Contra Costa counties.
Even if you don’t lose power, it is possible that you may lose internet service if your service is provided by Comcast, within hours of the power being shut off. For more information, you can visit https://california.comcast.com/psps/
May 27, 2021
Cal Fire has officially declared fire season for the state of California and the North Bay. California has already experienced a significant amount of wildfires, compared to this time last year. With the significant drought and summer months approaching, SVVGA encourages you, your families, employees and business operation to be prepared, and to remain vigilant this fire season.
Below are critical resources to assist in your preparedness. Additionally, the below new information can be found in our SVVGA Weekly E-Newsletter under the Fire Preparedness section on Mondays, and in the closed SVVGA Members Facebook Group, as needed. SVVGA will continue to update the membership through the season.