As the summer is almost ending, we would like to express our deep gratitude to the firefighters who had a very busy last few months, especially here in California as no less than 4,587 fires raged since January1.
Last December, the Thomas fire clouded the sky as it burned more than 281,893 acres of land and destroyed 1,063 structures2. Countless families in the Santa Barbara and Ventura counties had to be evacuated and many lost their homes. It took an excruciating 7 weeks to contain with an estimated $2.2 billion of damages.
Nature only had a few weeks of rest as the Carr fire soon began to follow. As we are writing these lines, it was finally declared contained after 39 days and 8 fatalities. It destroyed 1,079 homes and reduced 229,651 acres to ashes in the Shasta and Trinity counties3. It also has the sad distinction of being officially recognized as the 7th most important fire in California’s history.
Our communities and environment have been shattered and it will be a long road to full recovery. But we must be aware that as devastating as it was, it could have been a lot worse without the incredible efforts of the firefighters and first responders. Firefighters from Oregon, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Washington and Arizona also joined forces with Californian firefighters to fight the flames. Some of these people lost their lives to allow us to continue ours.
From the bottom of our heart, to all the firefighters, first responders and volunteers who fought so bravely to protect our homes, community and forests, Thank you!
As a safety company, we care about your wellbeing and we have at heart to accompany you in emergency situations. As a reminder, here are the most important steps to follow when being under evacuation order in our blog article “Wildfires: how to evacuate”
The resqme, Inc. team