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Hopland Research & Extension Center, Post Fire

Aug 15, 2018

Aug 15, 2018 -- The Hopland Research and Extension Center was evacuated during the River Fire, and about two thirds of it burned. Buildings, livestock, and guard dogs were all spared. But what effect did the fire have on wildlife? I took a walk around some of the upper pastures with HREC comunity educator Hannah Bird. She told me she expects the center to shift its focus to wildfire ecology. The center, she believes, is ideally suited for it, because scientists kept years of data leading up to the fires.

Surviving The Fire

Aug 15, 2018

Aug 15, 2018 -- Doug Stelter ran for his life last year, when a wind-driven firestorm destroyed the property where he was living and killed his brother, his brother's girlfriend, and kennels full of purebred dogs. Now he lives in a FEMA trailer at Lake Mendocino and enjoys catching catfish. But the new fires have him spooked. And a lot of the customers who used to hire him to do work on their land are burned out, too. When we drove out to the parcel where he lived less than a year ago, we saw signs for three different realtors at the end of the road.

Helping Fire Survivors In Redwood Valley

Aug 15, 2018

Aug 15, 2018 -- There is a 2,500 square foot warehouse in Redwood Valley, where volunteer Danilla Sands has been organizing aid for fire survivors from two seasons' worth of conflagrations. The center is an homage to Sands' friend, Margaret Stephenson, who passed away in last year's blaze. Today, it is humming with life, as volunteers, survivors, and donors come by to find whatever they need, from dish soap or specialty dog food to friendship and healing. 

Heartrock Mountain Farmers Fight Fire On Pine

Aug 15, 2018
Molly Oraya McClellan

August 15, 2018 -- A few days after the Ranch Fire broke out, cannabis cultivators at Heartrock Mountain Farm, at the top of Pine Avenue in Potter Valley, raced to put out spot fires and douse burning trees along the firebreaks dug by CalFire. three of the people who were there tell their story.

A New Art Form At Grace Hudson Museum

Aug 15, 2018

August 15, 2018 -- The Wild Gardens at the Grace Hudson Museum in Ukiah have a new sculpture. It's a large steel fish trap, modeled after the woven and interwoven baskets used by indigenous people along the Russian River. Artists Bruce Smith and Kendra McKee are auto machinists by trade. They built a new set of tools and figured out a whole new way to operate as they created this one-of-a-kind piece, based on an ancient art form.