The Fire Situation in Central California Just Keeps Moving On

This week the decision by Yosemite National Park was to evacuate all non-essential personal out of the Park Valley. The people were moved by buses in a special convoy to the ARC shelter at the New Life Christian Fellowship Church in Bootjack which actually has an address in Mariposa. Currently that shelter has 70 people staying there.

We have been notified by Cal Fire that a new fire has been started in Northern Mariposa County that nictitated the evacuation of Greeley Hill and Coulterville communities. How many may actually go to a shelter in another Church in Mariposa is unknown at this time but more people are going to have to leave their homes. There are additional locations in Mariposa that can be activated for shelters if necessary so that is covered.

What I am asking is that the need for helping people this year is as great as last year when the Detwiler Fire almost took out the town of Mariposa. All funds would be appreciated and if those who can donate some money to help it would be appreciated (prayers also !!!). Please ask all that donations to the American Red Cross (California Fires in memo line), the San Joaquin Diocese Emergency Fund, Episcopal Relief and Development or the Eastern Madera / Mariposa VOAD (Volunteer Organizations in Disasters) it will stay here in Central California. We still have two – three months in this fire season and although things around here is getting rough the Northern Diocese is worse with the Carr Fire with over 300 homes lost so far.

Click here for a Smoke Control Checklist that came to me through ERD this morning and we are going to post it to St Raphael’s Church tomorrow. The air quality problems that the Ferguson Fire is causing to the foot hills and valley here is a major health hazard that anyone who has Cardio problems needs to be aware of. If it could be distributed to all the Churches in San Joaquin it may help some.

Dennis Fitzgerald
ERD San Joaquin Diocese

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