As the fires rage on throughout my community again, I wanted to take a moment to share some updates and resources for anyone who may be looking for information or ways to help/donate/raise awareness with the relief efforts. Please donate if you have the means, share with anyone you know who may be affected or find ways to help if you can through some of the resources below. Every little bit is appreciated for those who are suffering!
This is the California live fire map and tracker from SF Chronicle below as of 9:51 PST, Sept 28th. Click the button below to see the latest movements.
In the aftermath of a disaster, immediate needs for victims can include shelter, food, cash and other basic needs. A community’s recovery is often more complex and depends on the scope of the disaster and an affected community’s specific context and needs. For these reasons, the California Community Foundation’s Wildfire Relief Fund supports both mid-term to long-term recovery efforts for those affected by California wildfires. - California Community Foundation
CCF offers some great support options by way of donation including the Northern California Wildfire Relief Fund (click button to donate).
LATEST UPDATE & NEWS
As of Monday evening Sept 28th, 2020...
The Glass Fire started around 4am Sunday morning.
After 70 mph winds swept through Napa County, it erupted further, threatening thousands of structures along the Silverado Trail in between St. Helena and Calistoga. Just overnight, it has ripped through north St. Helena & the Calistoga making its way all the way through to Santa Rosa prompting thousands of emergency evacuations.
In just 24 hours, the Glass Fire has indiscriminately destroyed 113 structures including many communities and ecosystems in its path, eventually merging with both the Shady Fire and the Boysen Fire.
As of tonight 36,236 acres have been burned. According to CalFire; 1,466 total fire personnel are assigned to this fire, 26 crews, 5 helicopters, 200 engines, 57 dozers and 22 water tenders with 0% containment.
Another among many other fires burning throughout California is the Zogg Fire in Shasta County which has doubled in size just over the last few hours. Zogg stats : 1 day active, 31,237 acres burned, 146 structures destroyed, 3 fatalities reported, 700 personnel assigned, 8 helicopters, 81 engines, 36 dozers and 19 water tenders with 0% containment as well.
The SF Chronicle has reported that Santa Rosa Schools have cancelled online classes through Wednesday and the city has urged residents to conserve water for fire fighting usage.
Emergency alerts sounded throughout the day and night warning residents of the increasing fire line and evacuation radius. The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning as the fires continued to burn out of control.
Some of the Napa & Sonoma county structures that sustained significant damage or were destroyed include many famous wineries and high end resorts such as the three-Michelin-star Restaurant at Meadowood Napa Valley Resort, Calistoga Ranch, Chateau Boswell Winery, Hourglass Winery, Black Rock Inn, Sterling Vineyards and Castillo de Amorosa Winery (where a girlfriend of mine recently got engaged).
According to California Community Foundation, there are currently 27 major wildfires with over 18,000 firefighters deployed; including my younger brother, who is a local NorCal firefighter that has been working on the North Complex fire in Quincy for the past few weeks. Previously, he had been working with a strike team and hot shot crew (with 5 engines and a water truck) that was battling the Hopkins Fire.
When I told him how much I appreciate his work and how many of my friends and even some strangers have reached out to say the same; he mentioned that there were a lot of people in Quincy that he saw on Saturday with signs showing their appreciation to the fire crews on their way back to camp.
Reinforcements have been coming in from all over California and across state lines to help. Federal agencies and military personnel are also showing up and continue to assist with the ongoing fire fighting efforts; some of which include the National Guard, Marines, Sailors and inmates from the CA Inmate Firefighter Program. With limited ground personnel, bulldozers and aircraft are being used as well to contain the flames.
Please consider making a donation to help with the wildfire relief efforts, making signs of appreciation for our crews out there or feel free to pass along this info along to anyone who might need them. Praying for everyone that has been affected, the heros on the front lines and everyone else behind the scenes and in between.
Stay safe everyone!