Kelseyville, Calif., August 15, 2016 – The #LakeCountyRising fundraising campaign announced today that it is accepting donations to support survivors of the Clayton Fire. Lake County’s wine industry is once again coming together to support yet another wildfire in Lake County, this time in the small community of Lower Lake.
The Clayton Fire, which started Saturday evening, is estimated to have burned 4,000 acres and destroyed 175 structures, with 5% containment on Monday afternoon, according to the CAL FIRE incident update.
#LakeCountyRising was established in September 2015 in the wake of the Valley Fire, which burned 76,000 acres, destroyed 1,300 homes and took four lives. Once again, thousands of Lake County residents are displaced from their homes by the wildfires. Many have been separated from pets and loved ones and are waiting to learn the fate of their homes and businesses.
The #LakeCountyRising fund has again mobilized. To donate, visit: http://lakecountyrising.org/donate/. To donate by check, send your check made payable to Lake County Wine Alliance, memo “Lake County Rising Fire Relief Fund,” to:
Lake County Wine Alliance
P.O. Box 530
Kelseyville, CA 95451
Donors who have contributed to this fund in the past are encouraged to continue their support by donating again.
The #LakeCountyRising fund has raised over $1,000,000 to date. Contributions have been used to support community recovery after the devastating Valley Fire, with funds going to a wide range of community based organizations. Approximately one-third of funds raised were used to support short term needs with another third for medium term needs. The balance has been allocated for long-term community rebuilding. For details, visit http://lakecountyrising.org/giving-back/.
#LakeCountyRising is a fundraising effort to support community rebuilding in the areas ravaged by the recent wildfires in Lake County with a focus on livelihood, housing and community needs. The effort was initiated by three Lake County organizations – the Lake County Winegrape Commission, the Lake County Winery Association and the Lake County Wine Alliance, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that manages the collection and distribution of tax-deductible donations.
Individuals and businesses that would like to support the #LakeCountyRising effort and ensure their donations go to help survivors of the Clayton Fire may visit lakecountyrising.org or www.facebook.com/LakeCountyRising. Or they may send a check made payable to “Lake County Rising Fire Relief Fund” to P.O. Box 530, Kelseyville, CA 95451. Donations are tax-deductible.