Resources: The Wine Country wildfires

More than 220,000 acres and 5,700 structures have burned in over a dozen fires in Napa, Sonoma, Solano, Lake, Nevada, Butte, Calaveras, Shasta and Yuba counties.

Here are some resources on following coverage, getting alerts, learning how to help, and learning how to prepare for a fire.

This page is being updated frequently. Check back for changes.

Air quality

AIRNow: Click here for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s current air-quality conditions and forecasts for San Rafael, the closest area with data.

Face masks: N95 or N100/P100 particulate respirators are recommended. They have filtration systems for fine particles but not hazardous gases; they are labeled NIOSH-approved, and N95 masks cost about $1.50-$3 from hardware and paint-supply stores. Surgical masks do not protect your lungs from smoke; they are instead effective for preventing liquids and aerosols, such as from breath or sneezing, from entering the lungs. Simple dust masks, bandanas and towels — wet or dry — also cannot filter particulates and do not protect your lungs from smoke. Buy N95 or N100/P100 masks at Goodman Building Supply, Home Depot and Earthquake Supply Center; call ahead to check supplies.

Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a smoke advisory due to heavy smoke from the fires. The air district is advising residents impacted by wildfire smoke to take the following precautions:

  • Reduce exposure to smoky air by remaining indoors with windows and doors closed, if possible and if safe.
  • Limit outdoor activities to avoid unnecessary exposure if you smell smoke.
  • Set air conditioning units and car vent systems to recirculate to prevent outside air from moving inside.
  • Stay tuned to local media for changes in smoke or weather conditions.

Air travel: Check on potential flight delays for OAK and SFO due to low visibilty from smoke. Click for FAA status reports for the airports themselves at OAK and SFO.

Fire status updates

How to help: Belvedere Community Center

Donations are being accepted at 450 San Rafael Ave., Belvedere. In all cases, only new, clean items are being accepted; call first to see if Danielle still needs items including the following; :

  • Toiletries: Toothbrushes, toothpase, soap, shampoo, tampons, pain relievers, etc.
  • Baby supplies: Diapers, wipes, baby clothes, bottles, forumula and blankets.
  • Basic clothes: Socks, underwear, pajamas, T-shirts, shorts, tennis shoes, jackets.
  • Bedding: Blankets, pillows, sleeping bags, blow-up mattresses.
  • Food: All nonperishable foods.
  • Soccer: Shin guards, socks, cleats, practice jerseys, practice shorts, soccer balls.

How to help: Southern Marin Fire Protection District

Donations are being accepted at all three firehouses, including the headquarters in Strawberry at 9 Reed Blvd. “The collection will be used to help all those affected just to the north of our region as well as firefighters who have also lost everything. All ages and sizes, men and women items, welcomed. No old and unusable items.”

  • Ready-to-wear, clean clothing not in plastic bags.
  • New socks and underwear, still in their original package.

How to help: Other options

Check first, and avoid unnecessary travel. Do not show up at a shelter with donations or as a volunteer without first finding out what the shelter needs. Stay off the roads in affected counties and areas to reduce traffic for emergency responders and those evacuating.

Media coverage

Evacuating pets and animals

  • Woodlands Pet Food & Treats: The Strawberry Village store has volunteered to be a drop-off spot for items needed for the animal shelters in the fire zone. The shelters and rescue centers are in need of dog food, crates, bedding and kennels. 415-388–7387
  • Marin Humane Society: Marin Humane will provide emergency boarding options for all domestic animals (cats, dogs, etc.) at its main shelter located at 171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd, Novato. Additional information can be found by calling 415–883–4621 or following Marin Humane’s Facebook and Twitter page.
  • Rocket Dog Rescue: The agency looking for foster homes and volunteers at their sanctuary in Oakland for animals displaced by the fire. Call 415–756–8188.

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