An early #tbt
to the Nunns Fire last year
So I had my first fire-season nightmare last night. One of those horrifying, heart-pounding, waking-up-paralyzed-in-terror nightmares. And it got me to thinking (you know, after I quit hyperventilating).
Last year, in October, the Napa Valley and Sonoma County saw one of the worst fire events in California’s history. Thousands of people displaced, homes and businesses and livelihoods reduced to charred heaps of ash and rubble. Most people had minutes, if not seconds, to grab their pets and leave, the fires nipping at the heels. Frankly, it makes me tear up just writing it.
But that’s not what this post is about. It’s about awareness. Planning. Being realistic. The fire folks in our lives are already saying it’s going to be another bad year and I won’t go into it without a plan.
Something like 90% of people don’t have an evac plan, a phone tree or even a bug-out bag. Do you know where you’d go? What would you do with your children? Your animals? Do you have enough trailer space? Do you have a plan B when the shelters are full and won’t take your dogs?
The world is changing. Weather events are more extreme. More fires. More hurricanes. Agree with me or not about global warming, everyone needs to have a plan.
And so I had an idea. It might not work. But what if we created a Instagram farming-community emergency plan? Get to know other farmers in your area, or even the next state over. People who have trucks and trailers and pasture space. People, who, in an emergency, might be able to lend you a hand. It’s not much, but it’s better than having nothing.
My heart aches for those in Oklahoma and the rest of the plains that are dealing with their second huge spring fire. Ranchers always try to help ranchers and it makes me proud to see the rest of the ag community step up, even if the rest of the nation barely notices. But that’s what we do. We plan and we help our neighbors. Here’s hoping the 2018 season is quiet and calm, but if it’s not....Do you have an evac plan? A bug-out bag? | #rhfarms #heritagebreeds #napafires #napastrong #beprepared #emergencypreparedness
Photo taken 10/12/2017
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P.S. the #napafires
may be out, but we’re still helping! If you were affected by the #fires
apply for help. We’ve got your back.
Just over 6 months ago, wildfires in Napa and Sonoma Counties changed our communities in so many ways. People are still fighting with insurance companies and many have not found a place to call home yet. This woman lost her home in Santa Rosa , and not long after that, her husband passed away. She is a huge reader and today she replaced her Toni Morrison and Wallace Stegner collections, as well as a dictionary and atlas for reference. She is a symbol of recovery.
has a lovely reminder in its April issue. If you want to continue supporting Napa and Sonoma Counties’ wineries, restaurants & hotels, AND their employees following last fall’s fires, “come visit”! 🍷❤️ Also, consider donating to Rebuild Wine Country or UndocuFund.
....and then there are these two. 💕 I've drafted a post featuring them multiple times and either gotten distracted or stop writing because I could no longer see through my tears. Why the tears, you ask? Well, I'll tell ya....If you don't know, on Sunday, October 8th, 2017, multiple wildfires broke out all over the Napa and Sonoma valleys which resulted in devastating loss of property and life. Homes that had taken a lifetime to build were gone in seconds. On this evening, the two pictured here cleared roads where residents were trapped with little regard to their own safety. One of these residents was my sister-in-law and bestie, @jess_isham
and my niece. They drove out to safety with fire surrounding them, along with many other residents. This is only one of the many heroic stories of that weekend and it's been very condensed in my version. I cannot express in words the level of gratitude and love that I hold in my heart for you both.
Thank you again to all the first responders, to all the neighbors who helped a friend in need, to any and all who reached out and put kindness into the world - and to all who are still doing so every day. We are healing together. 💪🙏
#napastrong #sonomastrong #thankyou #community #together #napa #napavalley #familyphotography #napaphotographer #firstresponders #napafires #sonomafires #love #humankindness #kindness #loveoneanother #family #couplesphotography #hemlockhousephotography
Getting ready for tomorrow! Making a buttload of bagels for you all 🙌🏼
Trees in the ridge line just above the Shafer facility, perished in the heat of the Napa fires.
A big 60x40 Metal Print purchased as a gift for his Mom! So cool to see up on her wall :) this is only the second one to be printed of this image and I’m thinking about making some of these limited. So get them while you can! And you can now purchase my landscapes directly through my website at www.aileensavagephotography.com (link in my bio)! It’s about the only thing my website has going for it right now since I’m in he process of making a lot of changes. And feel free to DM me if you have any questions! Thank you!
It’s funny to me what can deliver a memory. The bed in my old room at my parents’ house was an antique cast iron number. It appeared in the ruins after the fire as a charred twisted shell of its former self. This is the bed in the cottage we’re staying in. #napafires #winecountryfires #atlasfire #memories
View from the office this afternoon...new green grass in the foreground and the blackened hills that remain from the fires in the background. Optimism is in the air. #napafires #hudsonnapavalley #hudsonranch
Show your love for Napa! Join us today, Valentine's Day, at the Blue Oak School Bazaar for Fire Relief! The Bazaar will be held at the Middle School from 3:30 - 4:30 pm. See you there!
Yesterday, the sun popped up over Mauna Kea in a cloudless sky, hazy from the smoke of a controlled burn that got a little out of control. The smoke has been thick on and off for three days now. We were getting flashbacks to last fall’s #napafires
No idea about the green flare there, but it’s cool. Is thee a sunrise version of the green flash?
#sunrise #maunakea #smoke #controlledburn #greenflash #hawaiisunrise
After the destruction of the #northbayfires
, the resilient @sugarloafpark
is re-opening! Starting today (Feb 1), you can visit this sprawling open space’s oak/fir woodland, spend time in its’ redwood forest and creek, or witness fire-following wildflowers. As you can see from these photos (courtesy of @sugarloafpark
), the park has undergone some massive changes in the past few months. Come see for yourself! #baynature #sugarloaf
ThrowBack to the last time Billionaire Boardroom got together in San Francisco and enjoyed 3 days of networking, drinking wine, dining, and riding a trolley all over the city.
Excited for our trip coming up in Playa Del Carmen!
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Only a staircase remains in a hillside home following the 2017 Napa fires.
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The remains of metal outbuildings in the aftermath of the 2017 Napa fires.
Thanks for the Hospitality 🍷✌