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What does a “Red Flag Warning” mean? What should you do?

Red Flag Smokey NM 4x6

Many residents in Sonoma County live in or near fire danger.  For those who do live in a high fire area, knowing what to do when conditions are ideal for a forest (or urban fire) is essential. Red Flag Warning A Red Flag Warning alert issued by the National Weather Service is a time when conditions for a fire are at the highest. Three criteria are considered prior to issuing a red flag warning.  Sustained wind speeds averaging 15 mph or greater Relative humidity 25% or...

Posted on Friday, June 22, 2018 at 8:21 AM
Tags: fire (4)
Focus Area Tags: Environment Natural Resources

Citizen Science project: Backyard Chicken Egg Study

Thank you for participating in our citizen science project

GOT EGGS? The UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine (UCD SVM) is providing free egg contaminant testing for backyard chicken owners in the state of California.  Results will be shared individually with each owner, and cumulative results will be summarized and made available to the general public.  We are testing eggs for two different types of contaminants. Fire Contaminant Testing Due to the recent fires, there is concern about backyard chickens ingesting...

Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 9:43 AM

UCCE Recommendation for Backyard Poultry Owners in Areas Affected by the Fires

Chickens in yard

By Dr. Birgit Puschner, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine andMaurice Pitesky, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine-Cooperative Extension   In addition to all the destruction and inhalation of smoke associated with the recent fires in Northern California, one of the unfortunate legacies remaining are chemical contamination of land, soil and water.  The wildfire debris can include household hazardous waste (e.g. batteries and other...

Posted on Friday, October 27, 2017 at 10:07 AM
Tags: fire (4), Poultry (1)

Researching Post-wildfire Produce Safety

Tubbs Fire burning east of Bicentennial Way. Photo by Gabrielle Lurie, The Chronicle

Air quality in Sonoma County has been significantly impacted by the fires that spread through the region. The full scope of the air contamination is still unknown, but likely includes high concentrations of likely carcinogens including heavy metals, Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs), and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). Local farms and gardens played a significant role in food relief efforts immediately following the start of the fires, contributing produce to shelters and kitchens....

Posted on Friday, October 27, 2017 at 10:06 AM
Tags: fire (4), Master Gardeners (1), Produce (1), smoke (1), UC Berkeley (1)

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