In the early morning hours of August 19th more than 15 of the lightening-induced wildfires in Solano County exploded into what’s now being called the LNU Lightening Fire Complex. My in-laws, Ron and Joy Pedroni, live on 5 acres in the rural area of Vacaville & woke around 3am to their worst nightmare: fire. As the flames surrounded the house, they were able to gather their 4 dogs, 4 cats, and 4 foster kittens into a vehicle, and move 2 of their llamas and my beloved alpaca, Piper, from an already burning field to a safer one with their other llamas. Two llamas got loose in the chaos and they had no choice but to just pray they would find a safe spot and that all the other animals would survive sheltering in place. Erik and I had driven out to try and help, but the fire stopped us about 1/4 mile from their house. It was terrifying and I honestly have no idea how they even made it out.
In the end, all of the animals survived and Ron & Joy are safe and we are incredibly thankful. Devastatingly though, they’ve lost absolutely everything. The house is gone. Their llamasine van is gone. Their Featherlight trailer is gone. Every single thing they’ve built into a life over the last 34 years together is gone. I’m just gutted.
They have insurance for their home and vehicles but we are finding out that it doesn’t cover much of the livestock equipment. The trailer wasn’t being towed at the time so it’s completely exempt, they lost 160 bales of hay, all the tack and medicine for the llamas, and on and on.
They desperately need some financial help so that they can ensuresafe transportation and care of their animals as they try to rebuild their lives. So many of you have reached out and asked how you can help and they’re far too reluctant to ask for help themselves, so I’m doing it for them. Please consider helping if you can, I know any gesture will mean so very much to them.
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