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With State Budget Signed, D-RiSC Coalition Shifts to Implementation of Pre-Positioning »
On June 27, Governor Brown signed the final version of the 2018-19 State Budget ( Senate Bill 840 ). Included in the Bu...
Saturday, June 16, 2018
Chris Smith: Former Santa Rosa fire chief predicted a fire like the Tubbs »
My friend the mayor of Santa Rosa was scratching out a living as a freelance Press Democrat columnist in 2012 and was spar...
Saturday, June 16, 2018
Editorial: San Rafael fire reminds us to be prepared »
Flames bursting from San Rafael Hill last week offered a jolting reminder of the risk we face in California. The horrif...
Friday, June 15, 2018
State budget offers ‘unprecedented’ investment into fire recovery »
California lawmakers this week approved a nearly $200 billion budget that includes an “unprecedented” investment in recove...
Thursday, June 14, 2018
2018 fire season could be as bad as last year's, say California officials »
California fire officials made their annual prediction for this year’s fire season on Thursday. Their forecast: it could b...
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Fire officials to Southern California: Get ready for daily and ‘difficult’ wildfire calls »
Southland fire officials issued dire warnings Thursday about the upcoming fire season, saying they are preparing for daily...
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
McGuire calls new state budget ‘a really good one’ for Mendocino County »
During a quick call Wednesday while California legislators were preparing for today’s vote on the 2018-19 budget, state Se...
Saturday, June 9, 2018
Fire chiefs say the statewide dispatch system is too slow, needs upgrades »
As the Thomas Fire charged 14 miles in its first night, local officials hit the phones. Those in Ventura County Fire...
Saturday, June 9, 2018
Fire and Local Government Coalition Statement on Increased Mutual Aid Funding Approved by Budget Con »
Disaster Readiness for Safer Communities (D-RiSC), a statewide coalition of organizations representing California’s fire c...
Friday, May 25, 2018
State Senate Recommends $25 million for Disaster Pre-Positioning to Budget Conference Committee »
This week, the State Senate approved its version of the 2018-19 State Budget. The Senate’s proposal includes a $25 millio...
Friday, May 11, 2018
Fire Service and Local Government Coalition Issues Statement on Governor’s May Revise »
Disaster Readiness for Safer Communities (D-RiSC), a statewide coalition of organizations representing California’s fire c...
Thursday, May 10, 2018
Governor Brown Issues Executive Order to Protect Communities from Wildfire, Climate Impacts »
SACRAMENTO – In the face of the worst wildfires in California’s history, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued an exec...
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
FDAC Leaders Join in the D-RiSC Coalition Capitol Media Event »
Fire districts were well represented at today’s Disaster Readiness for Safer Communities (D-RiSC) press conference held at...
Saturday, May 5, 2018
Marin fire brass lobby for disaster funding »
Marin firefighters are joining Sen. Mike McGuire in Sacramento this week to lobby for more funding to expand the mutual ai...
Friday, May 4, 2018
Wealthy's use of private firefighters ignites debate in wildfire country »
As wildfires burn from Maine to Michigan, and California slowly recovers from last year's devastating — and costly — wildf...
Friday, May 4, 2018
California burning: life among the wildfires »
In 2017, the weather in California was the hottest in history. It was hotter than in 2016, which was also the hottest in h...
Friday, May 4, 2018
Big utilities are desperately trying to stick customers for the bills from California wildfires »
Does there exist anywhere a whinier, more petulant, more entitled gang of businesses than California's big utility compani...
Friday, May 4, 2018
D-RiSC Op-Ed: 15 Years Later, We Still Haven’t Applied Deadly Cedar Fire’s Lessons »
For state and local government officials, the devastating and deadly wildfires of 2017 are a wake-up call. The growing nat...
Thursday, May 3, 2018
PG&E profits down as utility confronts fire costs, disaster preparedness »
Pacific Gas & Electric Co. said Thursday it will pursue all legal and legislative avenues to find ways of defraying ri...
Thursday, May 3, 2018
Next wildfire is coming – we must get busy now or suffer »
It will come as no surprise to area residents, that California is experiencing a warm, dry winter. While the March rainfal...
Thursday, May 3, 2018
Union, lawyers spar over wildfire 'shadow lobbying' at California Capitol »
A high-stakes battle over wildfire liability is turning ugly between interests at the California Capitol.  The Int...
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
October wildfires contributed to Napa County losing housing, population in 2017 »
In the midst of a housing crisis, California lost 13,200 homes last year — many destroyed in wildfires — but came out ahea...
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
It’s time for California’s wine country to prepare for the next wildfire »
My family and I moved to the Napa Valley in 2013, in search of a new life and fulfillment of a dream. My wife and...
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
California Bills Inspired by 2017 Mudslides and Fires Clear Committee »
Two bills inspired by the 2017 mudslides and fires in California that are designed to help prevent homeowners from being u...
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Californians, like polar bears, have something to fear as Arctic ice melts »
Southern California is recovering from its worst fire season and a brutal five-year drought that dried out crops, shrank m...
Monday, April 23, 2018
New Research Predicts “Precipitation Whiplash” for California – Coalition Restates Call for Funding »
Disaster Readiness for Safer Communities (D-RiSC), a statewide coalition of organizations representing California’s fire c...
Monday, April 16, 2018
California wildfire bill could lead to overspending, group warns »
A bill in Sacramento to help prevent wildfires is stirring controversy, with a consumer advocacy group warning that it wou...
Sunday, April 15, 2018
Guest column: California should reimburse local firefighting agencies (opinion) »
Last October, California experienced a series of devastating wildfires that destroyed property and took lives. In a four m...
Friday, April 13, 2018
RCRC Joins Coalition to Modernize California’s Mutual Aid System »
Late last week, RCRC joined the Disaster Readiness for Safer Communities (D-RiSC) coalition.  D-RiSC is a statewide c...
Thursday, April 12, 2018
If PG&E started the wine country fires, they should pay. Don’t blame climate change. Read more here »
My wife and I almost died in last year’s wine country fire. Like our neighbors, we lost nearly everything we owned in the...
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
With Brutal Fire Season Expected, Fight Over How to Respond Has Never Stopped »
California’s perilous experiences with massive wildfires reached an all-time peak in 2017, as the state suffered through i...
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
California wildfires linked to heart problems, study shows »
Last year’s busy wildfire season was an all-too-close reminder that smoky skies can cause coughing, wheezing and difficult...
Saturday, March 17, 2018
Fund California fire departments to deploy engines before fires break out »
If the horrors of October’s fires taught us anything, it’s that extreme weather and ferocious fires are no longer unpreced...
Saturday, March 10, 2018
Warning system down: California’s deadliest fires »
It used to be that there was a discrete wildfire season, a period of time where fire risk was highest. Throughout the coun...
Thursday, March 8, 2018
California’s early warning system needs improvement »
As Californians up and down the coast rebuild from last year’s devastating wildfires and mudslides, it is time to both und...

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