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The Mendocino County Fire Recovery Team is holding a community meeting Wednesday evening for those impacted by the Redwood Complex Fire. After general updates, the Mendocino County Long Term Recovery Committee will discuss strategies for long-term recovery and highlight resources for fire survivors, including the Disaster Fund managed by the Community Foundation of Mendocino County, crisis counseling by Redwood Community Services and the Mendocino County Fire Survivor Resource Room. There will also be refreshments and North Coast Opportunities Holiday Gift Bags. It’s Wednesday, December 20, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
at the Eagle Peak Middle School Cafeteria in Redwood Valley. If you can’t make it, it will be streamed live on the Mendocino County Facebook page and YouTube Channel. Residents can submit questions in advance at ceo. For more information please contact the Executive Office at (707) 463-4441.

CAL FIRE and The Board of Forestry and Fire Protection say with now over 1.3 million acres burned and over 10,000 structures destroyed this year, they recognize the changing conditions of the fire season into what is now essentially a year-round fire season, with an increase in both the number and intensity of large, damaging wildfires over the last decade. In a statement today they called it the “new normal” of the State’s wildfire environment, which will require the State to continue to engage in more wildfire prevention with looks at all aspects, including fire prevention activities, building codes and land-use planning. CAL FIRE Director and State Forester Ken Pimlott announced a new Statewide Vegetation Treatment Program or “VTP” focused on increasing the pace and scale of fire prevention across the state.

A man thrown from his car on Hwy 253 in Ukiah Monday afternoon is alive and in a hospital in Santa Rosa. The CHP says the man from Oakland was driving eastbound on Hwy 253 at a high rate of speed when he failed to negotiate a curve near mile marker 15 and flew off the road. His car went down the steep embankment, hit a wire fence, flipped over several times and slammed into a redwood tree before coming to rest on it roof. He was not wearing a seatbelt and at some point was thrown out and landed about 100 feet from the vehicle.

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