The fires that have been devastating wine country ranging from Napa to Santa Rosa to Calistoga are still burning and still claiming lives and homes. Thus far the 191,000 acer fire (an area the size of New York City) has claimed 29 lives and over 3,500 homes, businesses, wineries, and farms. There are 21 fires that are still currently burning in the area. 70mph winds have caused these fires to spread rapidly across wine country consuming entire homes within minutes.
Mandatory evacuations have saved thousands of lives, but there are still hundreds of people who are missing. For those who have been evacuated, most have lost everything. Here is how you can help to support those still fighting these fires and also those who are displaced with no where to go:
Avoid donating to the Red Cross as the majority of the donations go towards administration fees rather than to the people who need it.
There are several local relief organizations that are accepting donations:
- Sonoma County Resilience Fund
- Napa Valley Community Foundation
- Community Foundation of Mendocino County
- Redwood Credit Union
- The Redwood Alliance
- Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch
- Wine Country Animal Lovers
I tend to be a bit skeptical about how money is actually being spent through organized donations, so personally, I think that this centralized Go Fund me with several campaigns for families and organizations effected by the fires is a great way to get money directly to those who need it.
Donating Goods & Shelter
- AirBnB is asking that you donate your rental to those who have been displaced and are looking for a place to stay. The company will waive service fees, letting hosts list their spaces for free.
- Alembic (1725 Haight St, San Francisco) is collecting food, blankets, clothing, medical supplies, and food for pets and livestock 12pm-close from now through Friday night (at least) and will drive them up on Saturday.
- Liholiho Yacht Club (871 Sutter St, San Francisco) is collecting donated supplies through Friday, anytime after 10 a.m. Unused, non-perishables like toiletries, pet food, diapers, blankets, underwear, and clothes are requested.
- Williams-Sonoma will also be collecting and distributing donations at 3250 Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco while also preparing food and sending it to shelters in the North Bay.
Volunteer At A Shelter
Here is a list of landmarks that are being used as shelters. They can use volunteers and donations:
- Veterans Memorial Building and Hall, 1351 Maple Ave. (Santa Rosa), sonomacountry.ca.gov
- Petaluma Community Center, 320 N. McDowell Blvd. (Petaluma), cityofpetaluma.net
- Sonoma County Fairgrounds (open for large- and medium-sized livestock and farm animals), access via Gate 7 on Aston Ave. (Sonoma), sonomacountyfiar.com
- Ramekins Culinary School and Inn, 450 W. Spain St. (Sonoma), remekins.com
- Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds (open to accommodate small livestock and other farm animals, access via Gate 4 on 175 Fairgrounds Dr (Petaluma), sonoma-maringfair.org
- Crosswalk Church (currently at capacity), 2590 1st St. (Napa), crosswalknapa.org
- Napa Valley College Gym (currently at volunteer cap, 2277 Napa Vallejo Hwy. (Napa), napavalley.edu
- Sonoma Valley High School is also hosting evacuees. Supplies needed include masks, blankets, pillows, soap, towels, pet food, children’s games, toothpaste, and toothbrushes. 20000 Broadway (Sonoma), sonomavalleyhigh.org
Help For Displaced Pets
The local shelters and the Humane society are trying to accommodating new shelter animals who have lost their homes and families due to the fire.
You can make monetary donations to:
Donations of pet food, towels, etc, are needed at:
- Humane Society of Sonoma County, 5345 CA-12. (Santa Rosa), sonomahumane.org
- Humane Society of Napa County, 3265 California Blvd. (Napa), napahumane.org
- Yuba-Sutter SPCA, 745 Sutter St. (Yuba), yubasutterspca.org
- Marin Humane, 171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd. (Marin), marinhumane.org
- Napa County Animal Shelter, 6 Hartle Ct. (Napa), countyofnapa.org