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It’s a first, fire officials in Sonoma County going out to thousands of rural homes to inspect them to be sure they’re in compliance with tree trimming, grass cutting and other fire safety reasons. They’re looking for “defensible space” around homes so they are easier to protect from wildfires. Cal Fire’s been doing these sorts of inspections for a while, but they’re voluntary. Now with the support of the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors inspections will begin next month. Those who don’t comply with assessments will be fined as much as $1,000 or more if they don’t comply within 45 days. And if the county has to clear trees or brush, the owner will be billed for the cost.

A powerless explosive device found near Redway. The Humboldt County Sheriff’s dept. reports getting a call for a possible explosive device, seeing what looked like an oxygen tank with a fuse wire. The device was rendered safe by the Sheriff’s Office Explosive Ordnance Disposal team. They say there was an explosive material in the tank, but also say it didn’t seem it had been placed where it was found intentionally and probably washed downriver from an unknown location. They ask anyone who may see a suspicious object in their community, to call 911.


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