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Fire Update

We are sorry it has taken us so long to make a public post.

We have spent the last two and a half weeks holding our breath as the fires swept through this region. We were anxious and scared to return after hearing the stories of devastation that have affected so many in our area.

We are thankful to report that everyone at the Petrified Forest is safe. All of our main buildings are in good condition but we are temporarily closed while the damage to the pump house and the rest of the property is assessed. We will continue to make updates as we learn more.

 

We thought it would be meaningful to share the sentiments of one of our employees:

“On Tuesday morning I returned to the Petrified Forest and was deeply moved by what I saw. The first 15 minutes of the drive up Calistoga Road were harrowing and personal. I’ve driven these road my entire life and for the most part they have always looked the same. It is surreal to see a landscape change so drastically. As I approached the Petrified Forest, I saw emergency vehicles lining the road across from the property. At first I was concerned but as I turned into the parking lot I realized that it had become a staging area for the emergency responders. There were fire trucks from all over the country and first responders from as far away as New York and Australia.

Our huge parking lot was bustling with people from all over who had come to assist in protecting the North Bay from the deadliest wildfires in California’s history. They were humble and gracious and immensely encouraging. I am eternally grateful to the emergency responders who worked tirelessly to extinguish these fires and help us all return home."

 

The way forward is still uncertain for so many of us but we are incredibly proud to call this region our home. Sonoma and Napa Counties will show the effects of these fires for years to come, on our lands and in our communities but more importantly through the new growth that is already taking root. 

We have all been moved by the outpouring of support from our neighbours, friends, family and our broader communities. We are all in this together and we have no doubt that with each other’s help we will continue to join together and rebuild this beautiful place we call home.

In many ways we are looking forward to seeing how our forest begins its ecological recovery. No matter how bleak some of the landscape seems now, we know it is only a matter of time until the hills begin to green.

Thank you all so much.