Here’s where you can keep up to date regarding station business, program changes, and other tidbits in the life of your community radio station.

KPFZ Quick Fire Links

Alan Fletcher (Web Master)

KPFZ is gradually returning to regular programming after the Valley Fire emergency where we provided 24-hour, live coverage. But continue to tune in to 88.1 FM, and call the Studio line at 707/263-3435 if you need or have information. (Some programmers may take calls off-air.) Here are some quick links :

  • The Lake County Office of Emergency Services (OES) 24-hour local support line is : 888-565-2787. Also check their facebook page The Lake County Local Assistance Center (LAC) website has useful information.
  • FEMA is now ready to help people affected by the Valley Fire. They recommend that you register by calling 800-621-3362 or visiting the FEMA Website. Or you can go to the Disaster Recover Center in Middletown, 21256 Washington St, Middletown (in the large tent next to the library). Starting Sunday 4th they are opening another center at 14840 Olympic Drive, Clearlake (near Safeway), Sunday 12-5 pm, then 8 am to 6 pm. You will need your Social Security Number, and information about your house and any insurance. Note. You may be eligible for grants or Small Business Administration (SBA) loans even if you have insurance. If you were affected by the Rocky or Jerusalem fires you are NOT ELIGIBLE for FEMA assistance.
  • Sign up for FREE Fire Debris Disposal by completing a “Right of Entry” form at the Disaster Recovery Center (see above) or call the Lake County Environmental Health Department : 707-263-1164. After your property is cleaned you will get a certificate, which will be required when you apply for building permits. If you try to do it yourself you will have to pay for all the chemical tests, toxic waste disposal and the certification.
  • Volunteers : North Coast Opportunities has a list of over 170 volunteer positions, including organisations such as the Local Assistance Center, various Churches and Shelters. Or call 707-929-3563, Ext. 2. Any organisation which needs volunteers can register with them.
  • Nils Palsson and Betsy Cawn have put together an Information Sheet. The editable version is Here An older, archived, printable version is linked from here: 9/17/15 PDF version
  • An additional list of resources is available at Support Loop
  • The official list of damaged or destroyed properties is at Lake County LAC. As of 9/25/15 the incident report says that the fire has destroyed Approximately 1,958 structures, including 1,280 homes, 27 multi-family structures, 66 commercial properties, and 585 other minor structures such as outbuildings and sheds. In addition, 93 structures have been damaged including 41 homes, 7 commercial properties and 45 other minor structures. This is almost 4% of Lake County’s stock of about 34,000 homes.
  • KPFZ has been getting some good media reports

If you want to refer to a web site with a long URL (link address) add a Comment at the bottom of our front page before you call in.

Also check our Facebook page.

You can register as a volunteer at Lake County Valley Fire Volunteer

On Monday, September 14, 2015, KPFZ staff was interviewed by KPCC, a community radio station from Pasadena.  You can listen to the interview here.

The LA Times was one of the first to report on KPFZ: Old and new media play helpful roles during Valley fire and a follow-up : Rural radio station offers a calming voice amid Valley fire confusion

KPFZ also got a mention in the San Jose Mercury News. Some photos are in this gallery .

Lake County Magazine did a really great article about KPFZ.

Contra Costa Times talked about KPFZ in this article on the Valley Fire.

Even Stars and Stripes has noted the way KPFZ has helped during this event.

Radio Survivor mentioned a letter to the editor from the Ukiah Daily Journal that praises KPFZ efforts.  View the letter in its entirety here.

Enjoy this interview by the Canadian Broadcasting Company – Radio.  KPFZ is featured in Part Three.

KPFZ helped reunite Randy Griffin with his dog Levi.  Special Thanks to Casse Forczek for this article from The Siskiyou Daily News.  Casse has provided us with the original, full article she wrote.

Valley Fire Information (Incident Maps)

Alan Fletcher (Web Master)

Note (9/19/15) : The official map hasn’t been updated since 9/15, and there are no current “hotspots” on the satellite map.)

Here is a link to the current Cal Fire incident report.

The official online map can be found at Incident Map (click on the latest entry in the list).

A map based on satellite data is at Mappingsupport Satellite Map

A warning on maps : none of these maps (even the official map) is guaranteed to show where the current, active fire is. Just because a map appears to show more detail in the perimeter does not mean that is accurate.

The official online map may only be updated once a day.

The satellite data needs more caution. First, the red “hot spots” are determined automatically by a computer program, looking for particular aspects of the spectrum (for instance, the proportion of red light and blue light). It can falsely say there IS a fire where there is not, or report NO fire where there is one. Secondly, a satellite is guaranteed to pass over a particular spot on earth only once in TWO days. We do not know where the “mapping support” map obtains its perimeter information, which is added to the map manually.

In short : do NOT trust these maps for life-or-death decisions. Do NOT go to an area near the fire because the map indicates there is no fire there.

The only maps that you can reasonably rely on are the ones printed daily by the fire incident management team. In the Rocky fire these were posted at all official shelters, and at the Moose Lodge.

Wow!  What a great group of volunteers at KPFZ and in Lake County.  As our listeners are aware, KPFZ Programmers have switched to live 24-hour coverage of the Valley Fire.  In addition to keeping listeners updated on current conditions, the programmers have been an invaluable source of information on what’s available, phone numbers, how-to-help, temporary shelter options, and more.

It hasn’t taken long for word to spread.  The LA Times ran an article today.  Read the article here.

Thanks to everyone for truly making KPFZ your local radio station.

Monthly Board of Directors Meeting

Ellen H (Editor in Chief)

The Lake County Community Radio (KPFZ 88.1 FM) Board of Directors meets on the third Wednesday of the month.

The next meeting is on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.

Board members meet upstairs at 149 North Main Street in Lakeport.  The public is always encouraged and welcome to attend.

Mark your calendars!   See you there.

Future meeting – November 18, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.

New User Registration

Alan Fletcher (Web Master)

Unfortunately we are adding about ten FAKE users a day  … unless our stream is hugely popular in Russia …  so I have turned OFF new user registration.

If you want to register on KPFZ.ORG, please email and I will add you by hand.

New Web Master and Web Mistress

Alan Fletcher (Web Master)

I’m Alan Fletcher. I  am taking over  the role of  ”Web Master” from David Lark,  who leaves it in good shape : thank you for setting up the current version.  I will mostly handle the technical aspects.

More importantly, Ellen H has also joined the web team, and will be taking the lead on content, as “Web Mistress” or “Editor”.  She’s already at work getting the schedule up to date.

Please see the first few comments for details.

2 Responses to “KPFZ News”

  1. Anon Forrest Says:

    Would you folks consider re-broadcasting the KMUD news if it were available to you? They report on Lake County news… AF

  2. Tanya Coy Says:

    I was just listening in the car and heard you mention a facebook site that has current fire info. It was called something like “Oh yes Lake county? Could you please tell me the name? Thank you.

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