How we can save Santa Venetia from a Sonoma-like fire storm.
The main threat is from the China camp forest and wind from the east/south ( just like the Tubbs fire, wind from the east). If every youngish person in the community were lining North San Pedro Drive extinguishing every ember that flies over it - - then we can do what the Pomo Native Americans did ( see below).
The volunteers can be armed with flame beaters and Fire Extinguishers. Every home adjacent (and close to adjacent) to North San Pedro be supplied with multiple hose valves and multiple hoses ( supplied by the community). Each volunteer being assigned a station area to monitor and firefight even tho this maybe 400yds east/south of your own home it would prevent fire from getting over North San Pedro to it. Some of these stations would be a good distance west/north of N. San Pedro to catch high flying embers landing west/north of it. Each person would be armed with fire retardant suit and sophisticated smoke mask and face mask.
Outdoor smoke detectors along the length of North San Pedro attached to
And/or every person in the community volunteering a 3 hour fire watch night shift ( maybe once a year per person). Two people ( who do not know each other well) would spend their 3 hours ( between sunset and sunrise) watching and roaming the hillside for smoke and phoning each other every hour. (How do you see smoke in the distance at night?)
Note that all of this monitoring would only be necessary
when wind velocity exceeds a certain threshold and
direction is from the east/south. The fire that destroyed Coffey Park in Santa
Rosa was moved by winds of 60mph+ ( tho the fire moved at 4mph). If every
able-bodied person had been armed with a good smoke and face mask they could
have extinguished the embers flying over the freeway as they landed on their
property and on their neighbor's. (They would have needed fire retardant suits).
Video from security camera Coffey Park
( Hemlock Court) This looks daunting (they
heard pops and explosions) but every ember that can't
start a fire goes out.
At the end of this video there is a man on his roof with a hose, watering down his roof. He saved his home and his neighbor's tho he was at the southern end of Coffey Park. Stories from Coffey Park North.
An Emergency Phone Tree to contact everyone. Should the fire be during working hours an onsite committee determines when everyone needs to be called back from work to man their stations.
Equipment at the ready to remove anything that falls onto
a roadway ( with appropriate training). Every year we do a test run of the whole
emergency scenario. Will there be enough water pressure to use all our hoses at
once? We should find out.
Redwood Valley was in a tornado of fire. Winds howled. Hillsides glowed.
The cause of the fire north of Highway 20 is under investigation but like others that burned in the North Bay, it was fanned by extreme winds. Flames spread west from Potter Valley down the hillsides, taking residents by surprise.
Kevin Jennings, a division chief for Ukiah Valley Fire Authority, said strong
gusts pushed the fire in several directions, with rough terrain making it
difficult to fight.
Coffey Park - Santa Rosa
The winds that drove the fire from north of Calistoga to Santa Rosa are common
in Northern California in October. At about 4:30 a.m. on Monday, these
reached a peak speed of more
than 60 miles per hour,
according to the National Weather Service. The fire moved at 4 miles per hour.