Kevin’s Fire Story
The night of Oct. 8th 2017, Kevin was leaving his harvest internship at a local winery in Rutherford. Driving south on Silverado Trail there appeared an orange glow of fire coming down from Atlas Peak towards his friend's house (4 Winds Winery) in the Stags Leap area.
He called Roy from the gate and said he was there to help. Over the next hour they evacuated Roys mother, packed and moved cars, and desperately scrambled to take anything else of value as the fire approached the houses.
By the time they got everything together the fire was racing down the slopes with the force of a thousand freight trains; a windstorm of fire debris and sounds of explosions. They had no choice but to leave immediately.
Several days later they returned to find that many structures and out-buildings were destroyed but the main house and caretaker's houses were untouched.
In the aftermath of the devastation, Kevin became committed to assisting the Chapin family in putting the pieces back together and being of any service he could.
He identified fire breaks around the estate by removing dead/dying trees and plants, coordinated with a FPF to create a forest management plan for future wildfire protection, attended seminars with Roy and encouraged him to apply for grants and visits from the Fire Marshal.
Roy currently implements selective cutting, pile burns and a herd of goats to become “fire ready.” His property is being viewed as a pilot project for all residents living in this fire adapted ecosystem.
Kevin has used his experiences from that highly emotional time to remind him that helping out a neighbor in his community is crucial.
-When you help save your neighbors estate you are saving yours-
From that point on he made a commitment to educating himself and taking a leap into the field of community based fire preparation.