Devastation for Trapanis UPDATE!
2015 - I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you for
supporting the gofundme page that I set up for John & Cheryl
Trapani. You all donated generously from your heart and it will
truly make a difference for them. I have now closed the page and I
must say, the gofundme personnel were a delight to work with and
very cooperative and helpful during this endeavor.
I don't know how much
news of this fire you are getting, but I will tell you this: the
fire is not out yet, Cheryl & John cannot get back to their
house, it's still a 'too hot' area and law enforcement is not
letting ANYONE back in until possibly next week.
This is a very rural
area, hilly and mountainous, and people have a lot of livestock;
i.e., horses, cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, chickens, etc...along with
numerous cats and dogs. Many of these animals were left to fend for
themselves simply because, when the fire broke out, people that were
not at home, did not have time to return and tend to the animals.
People that were at home, had only minutes to flee for their lives
due to the rate at which the fire was moving. All they could do was
turn the horses loose and pray for the best; no time to load them up
UC Davis has a team of
veterinary students up in the area to help and there are many
animals being cared for by veterinarians in the surrounding areas.
Dogs and cats are coming in scorched, singed coats, smoke
inhalation, etc. It's heartbreaking to watch on the news.
The fire has already
consumed 67,000 acres, burned 585 homes to the ground, along with
numerous other structures.
The Trapanis are going to
"pay it forward" with any monies they themselves do not
So thank you again for
doing the right thing, every little bit helps.
Berner blessings to all,