October 2017 Fires

October 2017 Fires

For specific information about fires burning in California, and evacuation updates, please visit CalFire's website.

Monetary donations are the best way to support the victims of the fires, which officials are calling the deadliest series of fires in California history:

  • Episcopal Relief & Development, through the U.S. Disaster Fund
  • Episcopal Diocese of Northern California bishop's discretionary fund through the diocese's website. The bishop has begun disbursing funds; please contact your clergy person with any needs involving fire relief and we will respond promptly. 
  • Incarnation, Santa Rosa, through its fire-relief fund.

Most Gracious God:
Hear our prayer for all whose lives are impacted by this crisis.
Shield and deliver all emergency responders;
 give wisdom and guide those in authority;
watch over all who have been forced to evacuate,
and all who wait with uncertainty.
Comfort those who mourn great loss. Help those who wish to help
 to be patient and effective in compassion. 
 Bless us all, and help us trust in you.
 In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.
- Bishop Barry Beisner

(Oct. 24, 2017)  The worship space and parish hall at St. Patrick's, Kenwood, appears to be undamaged, and the Rev. Karen King says they will have a "no-frills service" there this Sunday. "There is a large branch on the office. PG&E has to assess the situation and possibly will cut the power until the limb can be removed, which depends on the insurance company," she said.

Grace, St. Helena, hosted "Navigating the Insurance and Home Rebuild Process" last week, and the Rev. Amy Zuniga said "About 30 fire victims and local real estate and insurance brokers attended the workshop; the information was really helpful." 

At the regular public worship at Stanford Memorial Chapel during homecoming weekend on Oct. 15, students, staff, faculty and alumni of Stanford University contributed $3,367 to the Incarnation, Santa Rosa, fire-relief fund. 

(Oct. 20, 2017) Read the day's update here.

(Oct. 19, 2017) Read the day's update here.

(Oct. 18, 2017) Read the day's update here.

(Oct. 17, 2017) Read the day's update here.

(Oct. 16, 2017) After a week, many of the fires are approaching containment, but there is ash and smoke everywhere in the area. Read today's update, with donation and volunteer opportunity links, here.

(Oct. 14, 2017) Read the weekend update here.

(Oct. 13, 2017) Read the day's update here.

(Oct. 12, 2017) Read the day's update here.

(Oct. 11, 2017) Read the day's update here. (video below)



3 comments (Add your own)

1. William Bruneau wrote:
Willits and Saint Francis in the Redwoods is alive and well. Our Redwood fire is at 30,000 acres and is 5% contained, but we are fortubante that the wind is now coming from the North (until Saturday at least) thus blowing the fire back on itself, and saving our town of Willits and our church. The first two days we only had 400 firefighters on an incredibly fast spreading fire so things were grim. Now we have 1400, with increased other resources growing, so things are looking up.

Many of us are still under evacuation orders or advisories. Our Ecology Action research farm has been evacuated, so on one is tending the beds. We do have members of our congregation that have lost everything, fleeing in their pajamas and nothing else. Pray for them and for us, and for everyone else in California threatened by this incredible disaster.

Thu, October 12, 2017 @ 10:52 AM

2. Elizabeth A. Livingston wrote:
Here in Virginia I am praying for those in CA affected by the fires. Also hzbs been in contact dith friends in the area. I pray for people not to fall into despair
And may the Lord supply all those in need through out many hxnfs.

Fri, October 13, 2017 @ 1:02 PM

3. Leslie Benjamin wrote:
We are all safe at St Andrew's in The Redwoods, 15 miles West of the Tubbs fire. We will gather as usual this Sunday and pray together for the safety and recovery of all affected by this catastrophe.

Sat, October 14, 2017 @ 2:44 PM

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