NEWS AND RESOURCES - Northern California Wildfires
In a week’s time, an estimated 40,000 people were evacuated across Northern California as wildfires burned through entire neighborhoods. Firefighters battled multiple wildfires as strong winds fueled fast-moving fires. As of Monday, October 16, 2017, 14 large fires were still burning.
Through the news, social media, and personal networks, CAM has gathered the following information about the museums, cultural institutions, and historic sites affected by the fires:
- At least one historic site, the Fountaingrove Round Barn built in 1899 as part of a Utopian colony, has burned.
- The Luther Burbank Center for the Arts reported that 30,000 square feet on their campus has been burned, including a classroom and the outdoor Sculpture Garden.
- Di Rosa reported that that a fire touched the north end of their property, but did not reach the main campus, including all galleries and offices.
- Safari West, an AZA-accredited facility, has not experienced any loss of animals due to great sacrifices by the owner.
- The home of Charles M. Schulz was burned, as well as a prominent music memorabilia collection.
- Although they have been in evacuated areas, thankfully the Charles M. Schulz Museum, the California Indian Museum and Cultural Center, Children’s Museum of Sonoma County, Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Napa Valley Museum, and the Sonoma County Museums have not experienced structural damage. Their recovery needs for smoke and ash damage are not yet known.
- The homes of museum professionals, volunteers, and board members have been completely lost.
Northern California has a new tagline: “The love in the air is thicker than the smoke”. In response to the devastation, individuals, businesses, and communities across Northern California, the Bay Area, and the state are rallying to support evacuees and victims of the wildfires. Over 18 museums offered free admission to evacuees and those affected by the fires, as places of respite and to escape the smoke-filled air. California State Parks is providing campsites to displaced residents affected by the Northern California fires.
Emergency response networks for museums have been activated. CAM and other statewide groups have been sharing information with the California Preservation Program, Heritage Emergency National Task Force, the American Alliance of Museums, and others. Stay tuned for more information on CAM’s role in California disasters soon.
Has your museum been affected by the fires? Below are resources for emergency response and recovery.
EMERGENCY RESPONSE AND RECOVERY RESOURCES
Disaster Response Online Resources:
“After the Fire: Advice for Salvaging Damaged Family Treasures” – Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration
Museum Conservation Institute - Disaster Resources
American Institute for Conservation’s Emergency Response and Salvage Mobile App
American Alliance of Museums Disaster Response and Resources:
California Preservation Program – Disaster Assistance
888/905-7737 (emergency response hotline)
Phone consultation is provided at no charge. If phone consultation is not sufficient, on-site assistance can be arranged at minimal or no charge.
American Institute for Conservation's National Heritage Responders
Advice, referrals, or to arrange for a volunteer team to complete a damage assessment and help organize salvage operations.
Balboa Art Conservation Center
Services (water/smoke cleanup/mitigation):
Hayward office: 510/785-3473; 888/543-3473
Polygon (San Francisco District office #505)
Walk in freezer rental (water damage mitigation):
Polar Leasing Company, Inc (Livermore)
Commercial Freezer Storage:
American Portable Storage (Oakland)
See BELFOR above
Document Reprocesses (Burlingame)
C&W Environmental (Alameda)
Do you know of other resources that should be listed here? Contact Emily Todd at email@example.com or 831-471-9970 x101.