Fire Recovery

Solar Living Institute

Rebuilding from the October wildfires? Are you sure you are building the very best possible house? Hundreds of fire survivor families are now facing important decisions -- and opportunities -- as they meet with architects and contractors about replacement homes. On Wednesday 21 February at 7 p.m., KZYX Mendocino Works welcomed Adam Goldberg of the Solar Living Institute for a conversation about resilient, sustainable and innovative rebuilding. We explored strategies for building homes that are far more resilient and fire-retardant, while taking advantage of a huge range of sustainability options that can make a home far more energy efficient -- even energy neutral -- at prices comparable to conventional construction.

Mendocino County Executive's Office

Tammy Moss Chandler, who is leading up Mendocino County's short and long-term fire recovery activities as Disaster Recovery Director, and Megan Barber Allende, president of the Community Foundation of Mendocino County, will be guests on the KZYX public affairs program Mendocino Works on Wednesday 10 January at 7 p.m. to review our community's recovery to date in the three months since the devastating Redwood Complex Fire. We'll be taking listener calls.


Following the North Bay wildfires, survivors in Mendocino and Lake counties have begun receiving substantial fire insurance payouts -- and some are stressing over how to protect and manage the funds in the months or even years before they can begin rebuilding.

Sheri Quinn

At a recent meeting on renter's rights in Santa Rosa, renters were able to ask questions such as "do I owe rent for the time I was evacuated, does my landlord have to pay for my losses?" Kendall Jarvis of Sonoma County Legal Aid answered these questions and more.  Steve Mencher of KRCB reported on the event and shared their story with us at Kzyx News.  It could help answer some questions for renters in Mendocino County who were impacted by the October wildfires. 

Arkin/Tilt Architects

On Monday 30 October, KZYX Renewable Energy Hour hosts Doug Livingston and Jeff Oldham brought back renowned green architect David Arkin to discuss rebuilding after Northern California's devastating wildfires. David's firm, Arkin/Tilt, is offering several home plans, including engineering, for free to fire victims. The firm has designed an affordable straw bale hybrid home that has a two-hour fire rating.