Sonoma County Farm Bureau Provides Resources for Those Impacted by the Kincade Fire

Written By: Brytann Busick
Published: December 1, 2019

We know that the Kincade Fire created widespread and lasting damages within our agricultural community. This fire was largely a rural fire, and therefore many of our members with livestock and crops were greatly impacted. We would like to offer our heartfelt condolences and sympathy for those who were affected by the fire. We plan to support you through every step of the recovery process.

Despite being evacuated from our office, Sonoma County Farm Bureau staff coordinated efforts to provide hay and other supplies, grant permits for farmers and ranchers to reach their livestock and crops in the burn zone, and pushed out constant information to our members from Executive Director Tawny Tesconi’s kitchen table.

Sadly, the 107-year-old Oak Ridge Angus Ranch lost most of its barns, hay supply, five homes, and much more in the fire. We organized a relief fund to support them in their strong resolve to rebuild the ranch. As of this print deadline, we have received $xx in donations to support their recovery efforts.

Thank you to all who have generously donated to the Kincade Fire Relief and Oak Ridge Angus Donation Funds. We greatly appreciate your support for the agricultural community.

We also established a general donation fund to support our community. Our amazing partner, American AgCredit, generously offered a matching program up to $25,000 for all donations collected through this fund. That means every dollar donated, becomes $2 dollars for those in need. To make a donation please visit https://www.gofundme.com/kmrfxs-kincade-fire-relief-fund. As of this print deadline, we have received $63,089 for the Kincade Fire Relief Fund.

On Friday, November 8, the Napa County Farm Bureau hosted a fundraiser for those impacted by the Kincade Fire. Yamaha donated blankets, gift cards, and other necessary supplies. Sonoma County Farm Bureau staff returned with a trailer full of donations and supplies. We received $2,800 in donations from the fundraiser. We appreciate the support from our neighboring county.

On Thursday, November 14, we hosted a Fire Recovery Workshop for all farmers and ranchers who were affected by the Kincade Fire. About 30 people attended to hear up to date information about funding, permit processes, clean up, and assistance with environmental concerns. Speakers included Tony Linegar, Sonoma County Ag Commissioner; Tennis Wick, Director of Permit Sonoma; Greg Walsh, Chief Deputy Assessor, Sonoma County Clerk-Recorder-Assessor Department; Maggie Robinson, North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board Engineering Biologist; Karissa Kruse, Sonoma County Winegrowers President; and representatives from USDA Farm Services Agency, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services, Wilbur-Ellis, and EBA Engineering. Topics discussed included tax extension, property assessment, clean-up and rebuilding, erosion, sediment control, relief funding options, farm employee housing and resources, and next steps.

We are working to support those who were impacted and to compile resources necessary for recovery. Visit www. sonomafb.org/kincade-fire-recovery-resources-help/ to view a current list of resources available to those who have experienced damage during the Kincade Fire. We will continue to update this list and send it out as more resources become available. We also know that filling out grant applications and assistance forms can be daunting. Sonoma County Farm Bureau staff members are happy to help our members complete the necessary paperwork so that you can get the funding and support you need for free. We will travel to you to collect the necessary information.

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