On October 26, 2019 a small blaze near Geyserville, California, the Kincade Fire, fueled by 93 mph offshore winds, turned into a firestorm overnight that threatened the towns of Windsor and our hometown of Fulton just a mile away.
Fearing a repeat of the devastating 2017 Tubbs Fire which left thousands homeless, much of Sonoma County was evacuated by authorities.
As of today, the Kincade Fire has reached 80 percent containment and has burned 77,758 acres. The fire destroyed 372 structures, including 175 homes. More than 200,000 were under evacuation orders. While the Kincade is nearly contained, numerous fires up and down the State of California are expected to leave thousands more homeless. Schneider issued a plea to help those left without homes due to recent natural disasters by working with Homes 4 the Homeless as a solution.
Experts estimate there are more than 500,000 people in the United States that spend the night without shelter.
Steve had a few harrowing days, and posted a video diary of his experience. Luckily he avoided danger, but shared his ordeal with homelessness caused by the fires two years before and reasons why he decided to start a nonprofit business providing rapid response housing for natural disaster victims. Learn more at Homes4theHomeless.org.