Follow Unscatter

wine-country-fires

From my Instagram posts this week @stylemindchic @curatedtravel 

I’m nearly at a loss for words watching the devastating fires in our beautiful wine country. We are hearing reports of family and friends who have lost their homes. This image from iconic Signorello Estate a couple of years back that burned to the ground last night. Thoughts and prayers for everyone impacted by the firestorms.

Update: It’s been nearly a week since the catastrophic firestorms exploded in wine country and it still feels surreal. This is a place where I have both lived and visited regularly for most of my life and it always feels like home. Praying that winds calm for brave firefighters and predicted rains help put an end to the destruction. Sending love and prayers to family & friends who have lost homes and livelihoods.

Before and after images of wine country.

This story simply breaks my heart:

Resolution in wine country.

To Help 

Wine Country Fires Bring Devastation, Heartbreak and Resolve. I’m nearly at a loss for words watching the devastating fires in our beautiful wine country. We are hearing reports of family and friends who have lost their homes.

California fire death toll rises to 38, around 100,000 people evacuated

SONOMA, CA – OCTOBER 14: A structure burns in the early morning hours on October 14, 2017 in Sonoma, California. At least 32 people are confirmed dead with hundreds still missing. Officials expect the death toll to rise, and now estimate that 5,700 structures have been destroyed. David…

Read more: http://bit.ly/2ylF0dH

It’s eerie looking at these photos and writing this post, but it’s necessary. The last time I went hiking at Shiloh Ranch was the first week of January. It was a frigid morning, in the low forties. The trees were barren of leaves but full of the most spectacular moss. With no fog that morning the view of the valley was clear. The vineyards were resting. 

I don’t know the next time I can hike here. Shiloh Ranch was one of the many regional and state parks that are currently burning in the many fires in wine country. Unlike some of the others, all of Shilo Ranch burnt in the Tubbs fire.In the coming weeks, I will be going back to all the places in wine country that I’ve photographed to share what remains. For now, I urge you to help us start to rebuild this beautiful region. https://rebuildwinecountry.org/ 

Jack London

The air quality in the Bay has gotten so bad it compares to bad days in China. That’s just….wow. 

For all my people out there, stay safe and take the necessary steps to protect your health. 

(Please signal boost!)

TO DONATE:

GoFundMe:  All donation pages listed at the following link are verified by GoFundMe and are refundable under their guarantee policy. Link  https://www.gofundme.com/raise-funds/CAfirerelief

IF YOU LIVE LOCAL:

Home sharing: Bay area residents have created a public Google doc for those willing and able to accommodate evacuees. Linkhttps://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1yeWV1dRiKFo8M1yX64–V6HLQZBSQSSenfqdoUnsiOI/edit#gid=0

Animal fostering: Petaluma Animal Society, Sonoma Humane Society and others are updating their Facebook pages regularly with ways to help displaced animals. They are generally in need of supplies and foster homes.

OTHER WAYS TO HELP:

Below are Google docs updating regularly with information about both larger scale and grassroot volunteer opportunities:

Petaluma County: 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/14ZhXDNaL260p5OempaFbCrsYBe_5pvNvDqV7xcwn95s/preview

North Bay: 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vSPlgQRcGfLqlxmseEnbYKN6W2E57aqBexBw1RiDYygleK52ZPjHI0Vx642Ao9Kw6bXay34wUc1A6za/pub

PLEASE SIGNAL BOOST!

Atlas Fire, Napa, CA, October, 2017.

Atlas Fire, Napa, CA, October, 2017.

Atlas Fire, Napa, CA, October, 2017.

Yesterday and this morning, around the same time. Today is less windy but thus more smoky. Still waiting. 0% containment on all 5 sizable fires near me.

ok to reblog