We received rain yesterday in Paso Robles, which is great with us being in the state of California, but ironically, our grapes needed more time as mildew can arise depending on tightness of the cluster (we’ll just have to see!). The agricultural community is used to fighting unusual weather. We are used to having to fight for water, warmth…you name it…farming is about learning to be resourceful and adjust. My great grandfather never told my dad it was going to be easy and my dad certainly has never told me straight to my face that this would be a cake walk. That is why you have to love what you do and see beyond these things such as something precious like rain coming on the wrong day.
The rain did make me stop and think about the areas that needed the water most yesterday. We have many fires that are going on in California, 13 to be exact, but there are 3 that are thousands of acres of fiery threats to lives, homes, livestock, and our California scenery. The largest are these:
Valley Fire (Lake County) / 67,000 acres burned / 15% Contained
Butte Fire (Amador & Calaveras County) / 71,660 acres burned / 37% contained
Rough Fire (Fresno County) / 139,133 acres burned / 40% contained
The Rough Fire amazes me at how much it has burned and sadly, I know there has been a death associated with the Valley Fire. We recently had a fire here in our county that burned 3,000 acres and Santa Margarita, where the fire was closest, went unscathed, so we were fortunate. Before this post drives you to a full bottle of wine, believe me I have a point, so I will get to it.
I have had customers from around the country talk to me about how concerned they are since they have seen that A.) we are in a drought and B.) we are on fire. I have appreciated the concern for our state, but there are ways people can help!
The Red Cross:
- 1-800-Red-Cross and you can designate by saying California Wildfires
- Text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation
Donations to Burn Support Organizations:
UCDavis Health System – Burn Unit
Firefighters Burn Institute – Sacramento
Shriners Hospital for Children – Northern California
State Senator Mike McGuire, who represents Lake County, has launched a donation drive to help those affected by Valley Fire.
- A check may be dropped off to the Lake County Fire Victim Donation Drive Up between 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Rattigan State Building, 50 D Street in Santa Rosa. Contact: Karlene Rebich Karlene.Rebich@sen.ca.gov or (707) 576-2771
- The Redwood Credit Union is also collecting funds. Checks can be made payable to Redwood Credit Union and sent to RCU Lake County Fire Relief, c/o Redwood Credit Union, P.O. Box 6104, Santa Rosa, CA 95406. Donations to this fund can also be made online, by clicking on this link.
More Ways to Help and the Source: CAPRADIO
Lastly, if you believe in prayer, pray.
My family is praying and so thankful to all the firefighters working out there. We would like to offer a complimentary wine tasting to firefighters working on these fires and a 10% off on a purchase (must have id to receive special). Join us when you are on break or when all this finally ends. We hope soon. This offer is good till the end of the year.
In conclusion, we are grateful for the rain we got yesterday even though it wasn’t perfect timing, but we’re praying for rain over these fires.