Please Donate Now to #LakeCountyRising – Valley Fire Relief Fund
In September 2015, the Valley Fire swept through southern Lake County. It was an unprecedented inferno – the third most destructive wildfire in California’s history. It scorched more than 115 miles, claimed the lives of four people, and destroyed 1,300 homes, leaving thousands suddenly homeless.
We were saddened by the terrible fire and losses in our community. So many had lost so much.
In the days after the fire, three local industry organizations – Lake County Winegrape Commission, Lake County Winery Association, and Lake County Wine Alliance – joined forces and, with the encouragement of U.S. Congressman Mike Thompson, established #LakeCountyRising, a collaborative fundraising effort designed to connect the generous outpouring of support from our industry with the long-term rebuilding needs of our communities.
To date, nearly $1 million has been raised. The rebuilding has begun, but the need is still great.
Please give what you can to help provide resources necessary to rebuild after the Valley Fire. Your generous donation will be used to support rebuilding efforts focused on livelihood, housing, and community needs.
Checks may be made payable to “The Lake County Rising Fire Relief Fund” and mailed to:
Lake County Wine Alliance
P.O. Box 530
Kelseyville, CA 95451
Download a one-page information sheet on #LakeCountyRising that you can email or print (PDF).
Download our FAQs for answers to frequently asked questions.
Read the press release for more information about the #LakeCountyRising campaign to help rebuilding efforts.
USDA Offers Help to Fire-Affected Farmers and Ranchers: news release from USDA.
USDA Tree Assistance Program (TAP) provides financial assistance to qualifying growers for vines damaged by natural disasters.
USDA Rural Development can assist with housing for those with damaged residential property.
USDA Risk Management Agency provides federal crop insurance. Farmers should contact their crop insurance agent to discuss losses.
News & Information
Press Release: #LakeCountyRising Issues First Distribution Checks
Press Release: Beckstoffer Vineyards Contributes $50k to #LakeCountyRising
Video: Peter Molnar from Obsidian Ridge Winery talking about the #ValleyFire and the 2015 harvest: “We feel very grateful for this vintage. It will be one we will not forget for a long time.”
This fundraising effort is led by the Lake County Winegrape Commission, the Lake County Winery Association, and the Lake County Wine Alliance.
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