After the Fires: 19 Ways to Support Sonoma County

Sonoma County is strong. But to fully recover from the devastating fires, the region will need the support of locals and visitors. Here are a few ways you can help.

In October, Sonoma County residents battled the most destructive wildfires in California history. By the time the blazes were fully contained, some three weeks after they broke out on October 8, they had burned more than 114,000 acres, destroyed 5,300 homes and killed 23 people in Sonoma County alone. The damage is estimated at $3 billion. The road to recovery has just begun – the impact of the fires will linger for months and years to come – and any measure of “success” will depend on the ongoing support of locals as well as visitors.

If you’d like to support Sonoma County in its efforts to rebuild and recover, we have listed a few ways to do so in the gallery above. In addition to helping those immediately affected by the fires through donations and volunteer efforts, we have also included ways in which you can support the local economy, and the tourism industry that Sonoma County depends on. (Despite the fact that large areas of the region were left untouched by the fires, many visitors have canceled upcoming reservations at local hotels, wineries and restaurants).