Presbyterian Disaster Assistance has again reached out to areas affected by wild fires. The Valley Fire (Lake, Napa and Sonoma Counties, Calif.) has burned more than 67,000 acres. 585 homes have been destroyed and 7,600 homes are threatened. More than 15,800 people have been evacuated.
Presbyterian leadership in both the Redwoods Presbytery and Sacramento Presbytery is closely monitoring the situation. In Redwoods Presbytery, the Kelseyville Presbyterian Church served as the local evacuation center until the center was moved to the high school. Redwoods Presbytery pastors have been providing counselling at the Napa fairgrounds, where there are approximately 500 taking people have taken refuge from the fires.
Sacramento Presbytery is closely monitoring the Butte Fire (Calaveras, Amador Counties, Calif.) in addition to the Valley Fire. The Butte has burned more than 71,000 acres, damages or destroyed 230 homes and threatened 6,000 homes. PDA National Response Team (NRT) members will be going to Sacramento to help with assessments and planning a long-term response.
PDA has also reached out to Eastern Oregon Presbytery where the Dry Gulch fire in Baker County, Oregon has burned 18,000 acres and destroyed 135 homes; and continues to response to the Presbytery of the Inland Northwest where the Carpenter Road Fire in Stevens County, Wash. has burned 65,000 acres and destroyed 14 homes, and the Kettle Complex Fire in Ferry County, Wash. that has burned 76,400 acres.