Northern California Wildfire Updates

Northern California Wildfire Updates

by Episcopal Diocese of Northern California, photos courtesy of the Rev. Debra Sabino

The several wildfires burning within the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California over the last few weeks have been brought under control and are nearing 100% containment. Please join us in praying for the victims and families of those who lost much during these fires, and for the diligent and brave work firefighters have done, and continue to do, to contain the fires. Please scroll down for a special prayer and to read the daily updates on these fires.

We have reached out to our congregations that are located near these fires. At this time, most are reporting no serious injuries and minimal building damage among their parishioners. We will share updates as they become available to us.

We ask you to please keep everyone affected by these fires and all of the courageous firefighters battling these fires in your prayers.

Assist us mercifully, O Lord, in these our supplications and
prayers, and dispose the way of thy servants towards the
attainment of everlasting salvation; that, among all the
changes and chances of this mortal life, they may ever be
defended by thy gracious and ready help; through Jesus
Christ our Lord. Amen.

 From the Book of Common Prayer, page 832

10/7/2014 - Update on Fire Areas and Effected Congregations 

According to Cal Fire, as of 11:44 a.m. on Tuesday, October 7th, the King Fire, which started on Saturday, September 13th just east of Pollock Pines near Our Saviour, Placerville and St. Luke's, Auburn, is now 98% contained, and expected to be 100% contained by Wednesday, October 8th. Beginning Tuesday, September 23rd, Our Saviour became an official shelter for evacuees. The fire has burned 97,717 acres. There have been 12 fire related injuries. Currently 298 structures remain threatened. 12 residences and 68 other structures have been destroyed (according to California Fire.gov). You can also learn more information at the King Fire Community Facebook page: www.facebook.com/KINGFIREPIO.

North Coast: The Happy Camp Fire started in August, and is being managed by the California Interagency Incident Team. This fire is really four fires covering 132,833 acres; it is now 97% contained (according to the US Forest Service).

We will resume fire coverage as necessary, and as we receive additional information from effected congregations.

For those parishioners living in or near these fires, please send all Prayer Request updates to Thea Mangels.

 

9/29/2014 - Update on Fire Areas and Effected Congregations

According to Cal Fire, as of 8:30 a.m. on Monday, September 29th, the King Fire, which started on Saturday, September 13th just east of Pollock Pines near Our Saviour in Placerville and St. Luke's in Auburn, is now 89% contained. Beginning Tuesday, September 23rd, Our Saviour became an official shelter for evacuees. Both the American Red Cross and The Salvation Army will have resource tables for evacuees at Our Saviour, and the church is administering a fund to help victims of the fire. Several families from Our Saviour, Placerville have been evacuated, but everyone is safe. One of the evacuees, Mr. Allen Wyly, was the preacher at Our Saviour on Sunday morning, the 21st, and he shared his experience of finding God in the midst of fire and evacuation. To read his sermon, please click here. The fire has burned 97,099 acres. There have been six fire related injuries. Currently 298 structures remain threatened. 12 residences and 68 other structures have been destroyed (according to California Fire.gov). You can also learn more information at the King Fire Community Facebook page: www.facebook.com/KINGFIREPIO. To view additional King Fire photos, please click here. (Photos are courtesy of the Rev. Debra Sabino.)

The Cascade Fire is burning near Lake Tahoe in the Desolation Wilderness. The fire has been reduced to 20 acres, and was reported to be 20% contained on Friday, September 26th (according to YubaNet.com).

North Coast: The Happy Camp Fire started in August, and is being managed by the California Interagency Incident Team. This fire is really four fires covering 132,733 acres; it is now 97% contained (according to the US Forest Service).

Please stay tuned for updates on these fires. And for those parishioners living in or near these fires, please send all Prayer Request updates to Thea Mangels.

 

9/26/2014 - Update on Fire Areas and Effected Congregations

On Saturday, September 13th, the King Fire began just east of Pollock Pines, near Our Saviour in Placerville and St. Luke's in Auburn. As of Monday morning, September 22nd, Our Saviour is now a shelter for the American Red Cross and they are administering a fund to help victims of the fire. Beginning Tuesday, both the Red Cross and The Salvation Army will have resource tables for evacuees at Our Saviour. Several families from Our Saviour, Placerville have been evacuated, but everyone is safe. One of the evacuees, Mr. Allen Wyly, was the preacher at Our Saviour on Sunday morning, and he shared his experience of finding God in the midst of fire and evacuation. To read his sermon, please click here. The fire has burned 96,004 acres and the fire is considered 68% contained as of 8:45 a.m. on Friday, September 26th. Currently 298 structures remain threatened. 12 residences and 68 other structures have been destroyed (according to California Fire.gov). You can also learn more information at the King Fire Community Facebook page: www.facebook.com/KINGFIREPIO. To view additional King Fire photos, please click here. (Photos are courtesy of the Rev. Debra Sabino.)

There is now a fire burning near Lake Tahoe, the Cascade Fire is burning in the Desolation Wilderness. The fire is currently 30 acres. No injuries are reported or buildings damaged (according to the Reno Gazette Journal).

North Coast: The Happy Camp fire started in August, and are being managed by the California Interagency Incident Team. There are four fires in this area covering more than 130,000 acres and at least 94% contained. The July Complex Fire is now 100% contained at 50,042 acres (according to the US Forest Service).

Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin: There were originally three wildfires in the Diocese of San Joaquin; there is still one wildfire currently burning within the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin: the Meadow Fire, which is at 4,772 acres and is 92% contained (according to the US Forest Service and the National Park Service). We have contacted the Diocese of San Joaquin, and it appears that the congregation of St. Raphael in Oakhurst was the most effected. The community was evacuated and one community water system was destroyed, which will leave some returning homeowners without working well water systems. Please keep the people of this community and the diocese in your prayers.

The Irene Fire, which was near the King Fire and started on Sunday, September 14th. It is now considered to be 100% contained (according to the US Forest Service).

Please stay tuned for updates on these fires. And for those parishioners living in or near these fires, please send all Prayer Request updates to Thea Mangels.

 

9/23/2014 - Update on Fire Areas and Effected Congregations

On Saturday, September 13th, the King Fire began just east of Pollock Pines, near Our Saviour in Placerville and St. Luke's in Auburn. The Rev. Debra Sabino, Priest-in-Charge at Our Saviour, shared that as of Monday morning, September 22nd, Our Saviour is now a shelter for the American Red Cross and they are administering a fund to help victims of the fire. Beginning Tuesday, September 22nd both the Red Cross and The Salvation Army will have resource tables for evacuees at Our Saviour. Several families from Our Saviour, Placerville have been evacuated, but everyone is safe. One of the evacuees, Mr. Allen Wyly, was the preacher at Our Saviour on Sunday morning, and he shared his experience finding God in the midst of fire and evacuation. To read his sermon, click here. The fire has burned 89,574 acres and the fire is considered only 35% contained as of 6:55 a.m. on Tuesday, September 23rd. There are currently 12,000 single residences and 9,000 other minor structures that remain threatened, and some residents and businesses continue to be under evacuation orders. 10 residences and 22 other structures have been destroyed (according to California Fire.gov). You can also learn more information at the King Fire Community Facebook page: www.facebook.com/KINGFIREPIO. To view additional King Fire photos, please click here. (Photos are courtesy of the Rev. Debra Sabino.)

In the same area is the Irene Fire, which started on Sunday, September 14th. It is now considered to be 91% contained, and is currently 94 acres (according to the US Forest Service).

North Coast: July Complex Fire and Happy Camp fires started in August, and are being managed by the California Interagency Incident Team. There are four fires in this area covering more than 180,000 acres and at least 85% contained (according to the US Forest Service).

Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin
: There is still one wildfire currently burning within the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin: the Meadow Fire, which is at 4,772 acres and is 80% contained (according to the US Forest Service). We have contacted the Diocese of San Joaquin, and it appears that the congregation of St. Raphael in Oakhurst was the most effected. The community was evacuated and one community water system was destroyed, which will leave some returning homeowners without working well water systems. Please keep the people of this community and the diocese in your prayers.

The June Fire, also in the Diocese of San Joaquin, which burned 50 acres is now 100% contained (according to Cal Fire and the US Forest Service).

On Monday, September 22nd, the Nelson Fire in Mendocino County, near Holy Trinity, Ukiah was declared 100% contained. The fire burned 62 acres. No property destruction or injuries are reported.

Please stay tuned for updates on these fires. And for those parishioners living in or near these fires, please send all Prayer Request updates to Thea Mangels.


9/22/2014 - Update on Fire Areas and Effected Congregations

On Saturday, September 13th, the King Fire began just east of Pollock Pines, near Our Saviour in Placerville and St. Luke's in Auburn. The Rev. Debra Sabino shared that as of Monday morning, September 22nd, Our Saviour is now a shelter for the American Red Cross, and they are administering a fund to help victims of the fire. Pictured here (at right) are Michael Garcia, Red Cross representative, and the Rev. Debra Sabino, Priest-in-Charge at Our Saviour, Placerville. Several families from Our Saviour have recently been evacuated, but everyone is safe. One of the evacuees, Mr. Allen Wyly, was the preacher at Our Saviour on Sunday morning, and he shared his experience of finding God in the midst of fire and evacuation. To read his sermon, please click here. The fire has burned 87,592 acres and the fire is considered only 18% contained as of 7:15 a.m. on Monday, September 22nd. There are currently 12,000 single residences and 9,000 other minor structures that remain threatened, and some residents and businesses continue to be under evacuation orders (according to California Fire.gov). You can also learn more information at the King Fire Community Facebook page: www.facebook.com/KINGFIREPIO. To view additional King Fire photos, please click here. (Photos are courtesy of the Rev. Debra Sabino)

In the same area is the Irene Fire, which started on Sunday, September 14th. It is now considered to be 78% contained, and is currently 94 acres (according to the US Forest Service).

On Sunday, September 21st, the Nelson Fire started in Mendocino County, near Holy Trinity, Ukiah. The fire has burned 62 acres and is currently considered 85% contained (according to Cal Fire.gov).

Monday morning, September 15th, the Boles Fire began in Weed, near St. Barnabas' in Mt. Shasta. Evacuations were lifted on Saturday the 20th, and the fire is now 100% contained. The fire has damaged or destroyed at least 150 structures, 1,000 single residences and 100 other structures are in danger, 479 acres have burned (according to California Fire.gov).

On the North Coast, the July Complex Fire and Happy Camp fires started in August, and are being managed by the California Inter-agency Incident Team. There are four fires in this area covering more than 150,000 acres (according to the US Forest Service).

In the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin there are two wildfires currently burning: the Meadow Fire, which is at 4,772 acres and the June Fire which is at 50 acres (according to Cal Fire and the Us Forest Service). We have contacted the Diocese of San Joaquin, and it appears that the congregation of St. Raphael in Oakhurst was the most effected. The community was evacuated and one community water system was destroyed, which will leave some returning homeowners without working well water systems. Please keep the people of this community and the diocese in your prayers.

The Courtney Fire is now 100% contained. It burned a total of 320 acres and destroyed 30 residences, 19 outbuildings, 17 vehicles, and damaged several others (according to Cal Fire.gov).

The Dog Bar Fire in Nevada County, near Emmanuel Church in Grass Valley and Holy Trinity in Nevada City is now 100% contained. It burned a total of 247 acres (according to Cal Fire.gov).

Please stay tuned for updates on these fires. And for those parishioners living in or near these fires, please send all Prayer Request updates to Thea Mangels.

 

9/19/2014 - Update on Fire Areas and Effected Congregations

On Saturday, September 13th, the King Fire began just east of Pollock Pines, near Our Saviour in Placerville and St. Luke's in Auburn. Our Saviour, Placerville is currently on standby to become the next American Red Cross shelter for evacuees and firefighters. The Rev. Debra Sabino is in contact with both the Red Cross and Cal Fire. Several families from Our Saviour, Placerville have recently been evacuated, but everyone is safe. (Photos courtesy of the Rev. Debra Sabino) The fire has burned 76,376 acres and the fire is considered only 10% contained as of 6:40 a.m. on Friday, September 19th. There are currently 12,000 single residences and 9,000 other minor structures that remain threatened, and some residents and businesses continue to be under evacuation orders (according to California Fire.gov). You can also learn more information at the King Fire Community Facebook page: www.facebook.com/KINGFIREPIO. To view additional King Fire photos, please click here.

In the same area is the Irene Fire, which started on Sunday, September 14th. It is considered 35% contained, and is currently 94 acres (according to the US Forest Service).

Monday morning, September 15, the Boles Fire began in Weed, near St. Barnabas' in Mt. Shasta. The fire has damaged or destroyed at least 150 structures, 1,000 single residences and 100 other structures are in danger, 479 acres have burned, and the fire is now considered 90% contained as of 7:30 a.m. on Friday, September 19th (according to California Fire.gov).

North Coast: July Complex Fire and Happy Camp fires started in August, and are being managed by the California Interagency Incident Team. There are four fires in this area covering more than 50,000 acres (according to the US Forest Service).

Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin: There are three wildfires currently burning within the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin: the Courtney Fire which is now 320 acres and is 90% contained; the Meadow Fire which is at 4,772 acres and the June Fire which is at 50 acres (according to Cal Fire and the Us Forest Service). We have contacted the Diocese of San Joaquin, and it appears that the congregation of St. Raphael in Oakhurst was the most effected. The community was evacuated and one community water system was destroyed, which will leave some returning homeowners without working well water systems. Please keep the people of this community and the diocese in your prayers. 

9/17/2014 - Fire Areas and Effected Congregations

Monday morning, September 15th, the Boles Fire began in Weed, near St. Barnabas' in Mt. Shasta. The fire has damaged or destroyed at least 100 structures, 375 acres have burned and the fire is considered only 25% contained as of 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 17th (according to California Fire.gov). St. Barnabas' is taking up a collection for parishioners whose homes were destroyed by this fire.

On Saturday, September 13th, the King Fire began just east of Pollock Pines, near Our Saviour in Placerville and St. Luke's in Auburn. The fire has burned 18,544 acres and the fire is considered only 5% contained as of 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 16th. There are currently 1,632 single residences and 816 other minor structures that remain threatened, and some residents and businesses continue to be under evacuation orders (according to California Fire.gov).

On Saturday, September 13th, the Dog Bar Fire began in Nevada County, near Emmanuel Church in Grass Valley and Holy Trinity in Nevada City. The fire has burned 247 acres and the fire is considered 90% contained as of 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 16th. All evacuations have been lifted (according to California Fire.gov).

On Friday, September 12th the Bad Hill 3 Fire began in Hoopa, which is on the north coast. This 210 acre fire was considered to be 85% contained as of Monday morning, September 15th.They believe the fire will be fully contained by Wednesday (according to the Lost Coast Outpost). The US Forest Service is managing this fire. 

Please stay tuned for updates on these fires. And for those parishioners living in or near these fires, please send all Prayer Request updates to Thea Mangels.

 

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