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October 24, 2020
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City of RP

Director of Public Safety Tim Mattos
Sonoma County Fires
October 9, 2020

Yesterday marked the three-year anniversary of the Tubbs Fire. I think it is fair to say that our county and community have changed since that wildfire ripped through our northern neighbors’ homes and left us all concerned about ours. The love in the air was certainly thicker than the smoke.

This year has seen at least two other major fires destroy homes and disrupt lives in Sonoma County.  

October is Fire Prevention Month and October 4-10 is Fire Prevention Week -- the longest-running public health observance in our country. The official observance of fire prevention is to help people, children and adults alike, to learn how to stay safe in case of a fire. Our Public Safety Department wants to remind homeowners that simple steps can greatly reduce fire risk and make home life safer for all. Unattended cooking continues to be the No. 1 cause of home fires.

One of the most important ways you can keep your home safe is to install smoke alarms and test smoke alarms regularly. Being prepared and planning for a fire emergency can keep you one step ahead of a disaster. Make sure you have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen, as well as the garage area. Always be attentive to what’s cooking and never leave any items on the stove or oven unattended. Water or water-based extinguishers should never be used for a grease fire. Water spreads a grease fire. Smother a grease fire by covering it with a metal lid or cooking sheet. Pouring baking soda on the flames can also work to smother a fire. Some of the most common injuries during a home fire are burns and smoke inhalation. For more information on fire prevention tips visit the National Fire Protection Association at nfpa.org.

With fire on everyone’s minds these days, I’m excited to share that this week we celebrated the installation of a newly constructed water tank. The 900,000-gallon capacity tank is energy efficient, requires no electricity to deliver water and supports fire protection. Also, it is tied into the city’s water system and can support water demands as needed throughout the city.

The water tank was funded by the University District Developer and is part of an agreement to provide infrastructure to support new housing. In addition, the project adds fire hydrants east of the city for better fire protection. 

Additionally, the access road for the water tank also functions as part of a trail project that connects the Copeland Creek Regional Park to the Crane Creek Regional Park -- continuing to add to our vibrant community.