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.
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.
Fire status updates
- CalFire: The state website has a complete list of major incidents, including location, acreage, percent containment and evacuation information. http://www.fire.ca.gov/current_incidents and on Twitter at @CAL_FIRE.
- FIRESafe Marin: Check here for wildfire and fire-weather alerts, to sign up for newsletters and for other alerts: http://www.firesafemarin.org
- Caltrans: The state website provides information on road closures. http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov
- Wildfire viewer: https://app.mapport.com/wildfire-viewer/?share=GHA2EGAY
- County of Marin’s response: For the latest updates on Marin’s response to the Napa and Sonoma fires, follow @MarinGov on Twitter, or visit the county’s website at marincounty.org/news
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.
- Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership: Give money or register as a volunteer. https://cvnl.org/volunteerism/
- Redwood Credit Union: The Ark recommends North Bay Fire Relief, https://www.redwoodcu.org/northbayfirerelief, a partnership of the Redwood Credit Union Community Fund, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat and District 2 state Sen. Mike McGuire, D-Healdburg, who represents the North Coast from Marin County to Del Norte County.
- Rotary of Sonoma Valley: “The club has just released $10,000 from general fund to match all donations.” https://www.youcaring.com/sonomafires-977708
- GoFundMe: The website recommends the Napa and Sonoma County Fire Relief campaign at https://www.gofundme.com/napa-sonoma-fires.
- Fundly: The Petaluma-based site recommends the California Fire Relief Fund at https://fundly.com/california-fire-relief-fund/
- YouCaring: Tubbs Fire Victims — Santa Rosa Community, https://www.youcaring.com/tubbsfirevictimssantarosacommunity-976726
- Red Cross: To volunteer, sign up by clicking this link. To donate, text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
- Marin Civic Center shelter: The local shelter is no longer accepting donations. Evacuees in need of shelter should report to the Marin Center Exhibit Hall at 10 Avenue of the Flags in San Rafael. Small pets including dogs, cats, etc. are welcome at this shelter location.
- Donate or share your home as a shelter: Via Airbnb at https://www.airbnb.com/welcome/evacuees/northerncaliforniafireevacuees, or via SHARE Sonoma County in partnership with Petaluma People Services Center at SHAREfire@petalumapeople.org.
- Nextdoor.com: Greater Tiburon Peninsula residents are actively sharing information and coordinating efforts with each other on the community website. Register and join the conversation at http://www.nextdoor.com, but be mindful of checking first for facilities’ needs before donating, volunteering or getting on the road.
- San Francisco Chronicle: Landing page for complete coverage of the Wine Country fires. http://www.sfchronicle.com/north-bay-fires/
- Santa Rosa Press Democrat: http://www.pressdemocrat.com
- Napa Valley Register: http://napavalleyregister.com
- Sonoma Index-Tribune: http://www.sonomanews.com
- Aggregated Twitter list: https://twitter.com/Matt_Kiser/lists/sonomafires
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. https://www.rocketdogrescue.org/learn/urban-sanctuary-project/
Get emergency alerts
- AlertMarin: Sign up for alerts on your phone via call, text, email or smartphone application via AlertMarin at https://www.marinsheriff.org/services/emergency-services/alert-marin
- Nixle: Use Nixle to receive alerts from local agencies by texting your ZIP code to 888777.
- Napa and Sonoma fire evacuation centers: Call 211.
- FIRESafe Marin: The website’s preparedness section includes information on defensible space, emergency supply kits, fire insurance, evacuation guides and ways to prepare your family. http://www.firesafemarin.org/preparedness/
- Ready Marin: Ready Marin provides information and training to keep you and your family safe, warm and fed in the event of a disaster. http://readymarin.org
- Get Ready 94920: Local information and training classes for Tiburon and Belvedere residents. http://www.getready94920.org
- KQED Forum — How to Prepare for a Disaster: https://ww2.kqed.org/forum/2017/10/10/how-to-prepare-for-a-disaster/
- AARP’s “Go Bag”: http://www.aarp.org/health/healthy-living/info-2017/packing-your-emergency-preparedness-kit-fd.html