Assistance Sought in Kincade Fire Relief Effort

Brian German General


The Kincade Fire has burned more than 77,000 acres as of November 4, causing significant damage to the community with the destruction of homes, farms, and businesses.  For those who wish to contribute to the wildfire recovery efforts, there are a variety of avenues available.

The Sonoma County Farm Bureau (SCFB) has set up a fundraising campaign in which all donations made will go directly to farmers, ranchers, and their livestock.  American AgCredit offered to provide matching funds up to $25,000 for all donations that are made through the fundraising effort.  As of Monday morning, the effort has generated more than $11,000 in support.

The Sonoma County Grape Growers Foundation is also encouraging donations that will be used to directly help agricultural workers and their families who have been impacted by the Kincade Fire.  After the 2017 fires, the Foundation has distributed more than $1 million worth of assistance to aid in the recovery from those wildfires.

On Friday, November 8, the Napa County Farm Bureau (NCFB) will also be hosting a charitable event to benefit Sonoma County fire victims and the Sonoma County Farm Bureau Kincade Fire Donation Fund.   The event will be taking place at the NCFB office from 3 pm to 7 pm.  “We encourage the community to join us in assisting our neighbors and giving them the help they need,” said NCFB President Johnnie White.

Governor Gavin Newsom also recently announced the launch of a new state website with resources which include emergency response, recovery and resilience information related to wildfires and utility-directed power shutoffs.  The new website also provides links and information on how to assist in the wildfire recovery efforts. 

United Way of the Wine Country has also opened the Kincade Fire Emergency Relief & Recovery Fund to help in the relief and recovery efforts.  For those directly impacted by the wildfires, there is a variety of assistance available through the USDA Farm Service Agency Disaster Assistance Programs.

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