Once again wildfire is turning all our lives upside down. We wanted to reach out and make contact with you – our friends, partners and neighbors – in this difficult time and, wherever possible, to offer our help and support.

Having gone through this in 2017 doesn’t make it easier this time. We are all a little better prepared, and the power outages have probably spared us from more fires. While Sonoma Valley residents try to stay up to date on the flames, winds, smoke, power outages, etc., we also must grapple with school closures, business closures and other sudden changes – and with the emotional trauma of worrying about our fellow Californians, as well as the difficult memories of two years ago.

At Sonoma Ecology Center, several of our staff are evacuated, but all are safe, giving us a chance to help. Our educators are providing fun and learning at the Boys & Girls Club for kids while schools are closed. Our restoration team is tackling fallen trees and other hazards around the Valley. We’re providing online updates and this list of links to real-time info on fires, weather, power shutoffs, and air quality. And our office, which fortunately has power, has become a haven for staff and board members and their children, along with other members of the community.

To all of our friends, neighbors and partners in Sonoma Valley and beyond: We’re with you. We’re here for you. Please stay safe. We will get through this.