Northern California Wildfires
I know there are several of us here are located in California, and as we've all (probably) heard, there are really awful wildfires raging all over Northern California. I just wanted to say, if any of my fellow Cali folk are located in a fire danger zone, have been affected by, or know anyone who has been affected by these horrific fires, my heart is with you.
I drove home to Eureka from San Jose yesterday, and was taken through about 4 or 5 different detours to make my way home. Part of my detour took me through Santa Rosa. Seeing the thick, thick smoke, the roadblocks, tons of people in cars trying to get out or trying to get through town, people walking wearing facemasks and carrying cases of water.. it all just made my heart hurt. I have a friend and a cousin who are both located in Santa Rosa and thankfully their homes are safe... but so many people have lost everything. It's just awful.
Aside from the Santa Rosa, Napa, Sonoma, Willits, Mendo County, and Lake County fires (among others), there are also 2 fires now burning in Butte County. I have cousins located near them, and they are on alert should they need to evacuate. Additonally, there are fires burning in Southern California.
Cal Fire's updated fire map: http://www.fire.ca.gov/general/firemaps
Evacuations, shelters, closures, etc: http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/article177893206.html
How you can help: Contact your local fire department and ask if they know of any donations being accepted for the families who have been displaced. They may know of a donation drive, if they don't already have one underway. You can also contact the Red Cross.
I hope everyone's ok!!