Help Northern California’s Wine Country
An estimated 20,000 people were forced to evacuate their homes as over a dozen fires have burned through Northern California’s Wine Country since late Sunday night.
Our wine community is both tight-knit and much loved, and we are beyond devastated for all those affected.
Thankfully, a number of people in the Bay Area are setting up relief efforts. Here’s how you can help:
Winery owner Jake Kloberdanz has raised over $25,000 of his $30,000 goal via his GoFundMe donation page. All donations will be spread out evenly to the Sonoma Valley Fire and Rescue Authority, Napa County Fire Department, Lake County Fire and Rescue, as well as those directly impacted by the wildfires.
A number of San Francisco-based hotels are offering discounts—and welcoming pets—to help fire evacuees. Visit the Sonoma Valley Visitors website; they are continually updating the list.
Bay Area restaurants and bars are also helping their neighbors to the north: On Wednesday, October 11, Doc’s Clock is hosting a North Bay Fire fundraiser, complete with drink specials and donation station. The team at Petit Crenn made over 1,000 sandwiches to feed those affected. The Stud bar is accepting supplies for North Bay victims every evening until further notice.
Airbnb’s Open Homes program, a community of hosts donating their homes and providing emergency shelter for those in need, is now open for those in the Northern Bay Area.
Sebastopol Grange #306 is hosting a benefit on Thursday, October 12. Follow their Facebook page for further updates.
Chalk Hill Winery in Healdsburg is currently seeking emergency help for the 54 horses at Chalk Hill Ranch. Please contact 707-433-1804 if you can be of assistance.
Though the Red Cross has met its immediate need for volunteers, interested parties can still sign up for updates, or donate directly at any time by dialing 1-800 RED CROSS or texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a quick, one-time $10 donation.
San Francisco clothing store Love on Haight has gathered boxes of free clothes for victims, and is also accepting donation drop-offs.
NBC’s local Bay Area team has an updated list of evacuation centers in Sonoma, Napa and Solano Counties.
View the County of Napa website for a complete updated map of fire locations and blocked roads.
Our team in Napa would like to remind everyone in the Northern California and Bay areas that the air quality is currently in the Unhealthy to Very Unhealthy ranges and is likely to remain so for some time. Napa County has issued an air quality advisory.
As suggested, stay indoors with windows and doors closed as much as possible.
If you're unsure about the hazard level in your area, visit this website.
Stay safe, everyone. We're thinking of you.