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How Are Vulnerable Communities & Small Businesses Coping After The Kincade Fire?

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A woman looks at what remains of her home, which was destroyed by the Kincade Fire, near Geyserville, California.

On this edition of Your Call, we'll find out how people affected by the Kincade fire are coping after being evacuated and losing power. 

The 700,000 acre fire, which is now almost 80 percent contained, forced nearly 200,000 people to evacuate their homes. Many low-income families and small businesses in Sonoma and Marin Counties were hit especially hard by power outages. How are people managing to provide for their families without work, and how are small businesses recovering from lost revenue? 


Mallory Moench, business reporter at San Francisco Chronicle 


James Elliott, Professor and Chair of Sociology at Rice University

Beatrice Camacho, housing organizer with North Bay Organizing Project


Web Resources:

SF Chronicle: Why cell phones failed in PG&E outages, and how to prevent a repeat

SF Chronicle: Power outages hit some of state’s poorest communities hard


NBC News: They survived one of California's most destructive fires. Now they're battling their insurance company.

Press Democrat: Day laborers face financial strain following the Kincade fire

Los Angeles Times: As the Kincade fire raged on, a Cesar Chavez-inspired public affairs radio station kept farmworkers informed



Organizations to donate to:




Corazon Healdsburg Unity and Community fund


Movimiento Cultural de la Union Indigena


North Bay Organizing Project

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.