Le désastre par les feux en Californie

Outre le nombre croissant de décès que les médias nous déroulent tous les jours, des habitations détruites, certaines propriétés viti-vinicoles ont été ravagées par ces incendies extrêmement difficiles à éteindre.

La photo du titre est prise sur le site d’Antonio Galloni dont je me permets de mettre ci-dessous son commentaire ainsi que toutes les actions de soutien qui se mettent en marche pour aider les victimes.

Entrance to the Signorello Estate, as seen on Monday October 9th.

(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Philip Ente, de Santa Barbara, m’envoie également la photo suivante :

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COMMENTAIRE D’ANTONIO GALLONI :

(http://vinous.com/articles/wildfires-ravage-northern-california-oct-2017)

Latest Reports From the Ground

Some wineries have generators and are operational. Those that don’t are doing their best to keep temperatures somewhat normal for the wines that are still fermenting. Of course, a lack of electricity means any winemaking, including pumpovers and punchdowns, must be done manually. “So far, we are OK,” Ric Forman told me. “But winds are expected to pick up again later in the week, so we are naturally very worried.” Other producers have spoken of working with no sleep for the last two days while many other have shared very personal details of destruction.

Calistoga and Mt. Veeder are among the areas that are now under mandatory evacuation. Reports from Pritchard Hill are more encouraging. The velocity and direction of winds will be critical in determining how fast fires spread, especially as the evening hours and reduced visibility make the already daunting task of challenging these fires even harder.

Sadly, the human scale of this catastrophe far outweighs anything relating to wine alone, as photos from devastated sectors of Santa Rosa make painfully clear.

This article will be updated periodically as new information becomes available. Last updated: October 12, 2017, 9:23am PST.

Charitable Donations

These charities are actively involved in providing support to those most in need:

Napa Valley Community Foundation has mobilized its Disaster Relief Fund and is coordinating relief and recovery efforts. Make a tax-deductible donation online.

Community Foundation Sonoma County has set up the Sonoma County Resilience Fund to help with the long term recovery efforts that will be needed. Make a tax-deductible donation online.

The Community Foundation of Mendocino County is using its Disaster Fund for Mendocino County to provide relief and recovery services. Make a tax-deductible donation online

The Red Cross is staffing shelters and supporting evacuated residents. Make a tax-deductible donation online or sign up to volunteer.

United Way of the Wine Country has set up a fund for fire relief and recovery efforts. Make a tax-deductible donation online

Redwood Empire Foodbank has been collecting and delivering food to shelters and is accepting donations to continue to be able to do so. Make a tax-deductible donation online.

Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership is serving as an Emergency Volunteer Center. Make a tax-deductible donation online or sign up to volunteer.  

Airbnb has activated its Open Homes program to provide shelter to evacuees at no cost. Open your home or find shelter

YouCaring is hosting dozens of campaigns to raise funds to help victims recover and rebuild. Give to the #BayAreaUnite campaign, the official Santa Rosa campaign, or several others.

GoFundMe has a central hub for all California fire relief campaigns, including Vineyard and Winery owner Jake Kloberdanz’s GoFundMe page that is distributing proceeds evenly to Sonoma Valley Fire and Rescue AuthorityNapa County Fire DepartmentLake County Fire and Rescue and relief funds being set up for the people impacted by the fire.

Fundly has several campaigns geared toward fire relief

On constate, dans cette liste, que ce sont essentiellement des organismes privés qui montent en ligne sans que les victimes puissent attendre, comme en France, que ce soit le gouvernement (les assurances ?) qui prenne en charge ces dégâts considérables. Et toujours avec cette spécificité américaine de pouvoir déduire ces dons de sa feuille fiscale. Un exemple à suivre…

Comme quoi, on ne le répète jamais assez, la nature a sa propre vie qu’on doit ne jamais oublier. Nos vignerons bordelais et du chablisien – le gel – et bourguignons – la grèle – en sont bien conscients !

uploads-1507688829420-Santa+Rosa+Before+Fire.jpegSanta Rosa’s Coffey Park Neighborhood before the wildfires (Google Maps)

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Santa Rosa’s Coffey Park Neighborhood after the wildfires (California Highway Patrol – Golden Gate Division)

1 Comment

  1. Info trouvée sur le net, Harper’s :
    « The number of Napa wineries damaged by the wildfires ravaging northern California continued to rise this weekend, with the fires yet to be defeated.

    Of the 275 Napa businesses having reported on the condition of their estates, it has been confirmed that 20 have suffered some degree of damage to their winery, outbuildings or vineyards, according to Napa Valley Vintners (NVV).

    With wineries only expected to gain access to their properties this week, for the first time since the fires began a week ago, many estates were still unable to offer accurate report regarding their status, said the trade association.

    It was also too early to estimate the economic impact of the fires on the Napa Valley wine industry, it said in its latest statement.

    It anticipated wineries would begin to reopen from today, especially those located on the valley floor, which it said had been less affected by the fires.

    With most Napa wineries closed last week, on-going evacuation orders, communications challenges and the inability for employees to get to their place of work continued, NVV confirmed. »

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