There are many reasons why I chose to become a small business owner, not the least, the flexibility it affords me to get out on the water as much as I can. But, it is also very important to me that I conduct my work in a responsible, conscious way—and support the community that supports me (and that isn’t just about geography).
We’ve been trying to raise awareness around the issue of water shortages and of course, that means that wildfire is also in the forefront of our minds. We’ve been impacted in Western Montana for sure, but so many other states have suffered, as well, and at the very least, we want to encourage people to do what they can to support those who have lost so much in the regional fires.
Today, we just want to remember the Valley and Butte Fires in California. At this writing, nearly 74,000 acres have burned, nearly 7,500 structures are threatened and 585 homes have been lost to the Valley Fire alone. What’s worse, there are 5 civilian fatalities as a result of both fires, and 4 firefighters have been injured.
This is by far the worst fire complex in California this year and while there is hope that cooler weather and rain will help slow it down and let firefighters gain the advantage, it is not over.
It’s hard to know what to do to help others in this situation, but you can start by tracking the fires onCalifornia’s website. It’s also been encouraging to read the positive news on how people are helping each other, as well as find ways to help if you are so inclined.
There is so much going on in our world, sometimes it is overwhelming to think about it, but I get hope from how people step up and help each other in times of need. We are lucky to live in a close, supportive community. I like the idea of extending that beyond our state and country borders.
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