More than half of them had structures burned in the fire. Some lost entire crops to the 77,758-acre fire,
Their pain, at least for the moment, was put on hold.
"Who all is overwhelmed right now?" Gore said, asking for a show of hands.
About half of those in attendance signaled, many with a laugh. A little more than three weeks ago, the whole area was under a mandatory evacuation order while the fire raged.
"It went through the vineyards and pretty much took our income for the year," she said. "I still have to figure out how I'm going to pay my mortgage."
There was a booth for that.
Still other helpers or potential contractors showed up with paperwork and business cards.
"There's no perfect way forward," Gore said at the start of the meeting, before passing the microphone around the room. "The goal today is to make sure questions are answered or followed up with."
Fire survivors received updates on tree cutting, hazardous waste removal, the debris removal process and more.
The Kincade fire impacted 231 parcels and 434 structures, according to officials. Those impacted, as of Friday, are now on the clock to clean up the mess.
They have until
So she plans to talk with a man who brought up the idea of sifting, and is interested in the experience those who survived the deadly 2017
"I was happy finding one thing," Vann said. "I felt if I could go to the house and get one thing, I would be happy."
She said there are other smaller things she'd like to look for, too.
After each portion of the meeting, officials answered questions. They took notes on questions they couldn't answer. They even answered some questions in real time: The white stakes at some houses signified those homes had been cleared of hazardous waste, a
Officials didn't know the meaning of the stakes when the question was first asked. Gore said it was a good example of a sort of messy, imperfect process, but an important one all the same.
"This was desperately needed," Gore said, saying more people came than he expected. "It's difficult, but it's necessary. It's just a reminder that there's no perfect; it's imperfect, relentless progress."
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