El Dorado Hills youngsters Ava Landry, Olivia Mancinelli, Natalie Mancinelli and Lulu Mancinelli, left to right, collected money and blankets for fire victims. Courtesy photo

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Neighbors helping neighbors

By From page A1 | October 18, 2017

El Dorado Hills residents reach out to fire victims

Devastating Northern California fires have claimed at least 40 lives, destroyed homes and businesses and displaced thousands of people.

Though untouched by flames, many El Dorado Hills residents have been affected by the tragedies unfolding to the west and have found ways to help — opening up their homes to displaced relatives and friends and collecting donations for fire victims.

El Dorado Hills residents Mike and Michelle Cook loaded up their car with donations to take to Santa Rosa fire victims while neighbor Valerie Turner opened her travel trailer, inviting everyone to fill it with clothes and other necessities.

Roebbelen Contracting in the El Dorado Hills Business Park opened its doors to collect toiletries, diapers, toys, sleeping bags, etc., for victims. The California Welcome Center in El Dorado Hills Town Center joined that effort as an alternative drop-off site. Those donations were scheduled to be delivered this week.

District Church collected donations last week and Milestone Restaurant welcomed evacuees and the people caring for them last Wednesday, writing on its Facebook page, “We have hot coffee, cold drinks and wide open arms …We will be giving our time, effort and private resources whenever and wherever needed.”

One evacuee who lost her Santa Rosa home was enjoying a brief respite at Rachel Nails last Wednesday when several strangers told her they had paid for her pedicure.

Not letting the adults have all the fun, local children got in on the fundraising effort. El Dorado Hills Girl Scout Troop 918 collected donations for fire victims at Lake Forest Elementary and young neighbors set up a lemonade stand at Charter Way and Silva Valley Parkway. They collected clothes and blankets and raised $575 — all going to the American Red Cross. The same group raised $1,500 for Hurricane Harvey relief.

“So many tragedies lately but they feel better helping those in need,” said mother Dani Mancinelli.

For information on how American Red Cross has helped fire victims and evacuees and to make a donation to the organization’s efforts visit redcross.org/local/california/northern-california-coastal/wildfires-response-october-2017.

The El Dorado Hills Fire Department sent firefighters to help douse the flames. Fire Chief Dave Roberts answered the call late last week.

As of press time Monday, Cal Fire released the following information about major Northern California fires:

  • Atlas Fire (Solano County/Napa County) has burned 51,064 acres and is 68 percent contained; 6 people have been killed, 303 structures were destroyed and 40 were damaged.
  • Cascade Fire (Yuba County) has burned 9,989 acres and is 96 percent contained; 4 people killed in connection with the wildfire and more than 100 homes have been destroyed.
  • Lobo Fire (Nevada County) has burned 821 acres and is 97 percent contained; 30 to 40 structures have been lost.
  • Nuns/Norrbum/Adobe/Pressley/Partrick fires (Sonoma County) has burned 48,627 acres and is 50 percent contained.
  • Pocket Fire (Sonoma County) has burned 11,889 acres and is 40 percent contained; 16,000 structures are threatened.
  • Redwood/Potter Fire (Mendocino County) has burned 35,800 acres and is 50 percent contained; 9 people have been killed.
  • Tubbs Fire (Sonoma and Napa counties) has burned 36,390 acres and is 70 percent contained; 22 people have been killed and 2,834 homes have been destroyed, as well as 400,000 square feet of commercial space.

Two small fires are burning in the Eldorado National Forest in El Dorado County. The Ice Fire burned about 30 acres and was 95 percent contained as of Monday. The Table Fire has burned 465 acres and was 65 percent contained as of Monday.

El Dorado Hills residents Mike and Michelle Cook loaded up their car with donations to take to Santa Rosa fire victims. In the background is EDH Realtor Valerie Turner’s travel trailer, which she left open for anyone to fill with basic necessities for aid. Courtesy photo

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