A new fire protection facility opening in the North Bay will be strengthening Cal Fire’s response to wildfires in the Sonoma Valley.

Cal Fire’s Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit (LNU) and Sonoma County announced Saturday the opening of this new facility. There will be an open house of the Hood Mountain Fire Center from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Sept. 8. It is located at 538 Eliza Way, Santa Rosa.

“This new fire center strengthens Cal Fire’s ability to respond quickly and aggressively to fires that threaten the Sonoma Valley and its residents,” said Sonoma County Supervisor Susan Gorin, who represents the Sonoma Valley. “I feel safer today knowing that Cal Fire has additional firefighters and equipment based in the Sonoma Valley to help defend the eastern flanks of the county during wildfire season.”

“Having the Hood Mountain Crew based in Sonoma County brings many benefits to the unit and the county for not only wildfire suppression, but also the critical pre-fire fuels modification work that is needed to address the wildfire risk we face”, said Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit Chief Mike Marcucci.

The Hood Mountain Fire Center is in addition to the unit’s two California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Conservation Camps: Konocti Camp in Lake County and Delta Camp in Solano County.