Kevin and Irene's Oak Fire Disaster Relief Fund

On Friday, July 22nd, the Oak Fire started a few miles from Yosemebear Mountain Farm and began running. Kevin had to evacuate fast. He got the animals and a few of the most important belongings to safety in the red shadow of the smoke column. One dog was so scared he had to be dragged out from hiding under the yurt. By the next day, every building on the property was reduced to ash along with many of their neighbors' homes. The beautiful green of Buckingham Mountain that sat under the double rainbow is now sparse burnt snags.

Kevin Spach and Irene Vasquez were married in 2021 and moved onto Yosemebear Mountain Farm, which Irene had recently inherited from her father, Bear. It was the place where he filmed the Double Rainbow YouTube video that went viral. Her parents bought the land in 1987 with no infrastructure or building. Irene has deep ties to the area as a member of the non-federally recognized tribe the Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation.

They helped her Dad maintain and keep the place livable through the last years of his life. This homestead had beautiful views, an old single-wide mobile home, and a lifetime of Irene and her brother Paul's wonderful memories. Kevin and Irene set out to make it their home.

With the help of friends and family, Kevin constructed a second-hand yurt with a wood burning stove. It was a challenging build but a nice living space nestled in the fruit trees Bear planted. In just a year, they planted 1500 native pollinator plants, started a vegetable garden and compost, and cleared off countless refuse piles. It was beginning to feel like their own home, and their work had paved the way for prosperity before the Oak Fire started.

It will take effort, time, and money to rehab the land and make Yosemitebear Mountain live again as their home.

Any donation is greatly appreciated along with any prayers or good thoughts you can send their way. Thank you!

This fund was started by Kevin Spach and Irene Vasquez

Here is a link to the double rainbow video: 


Due to our employment, we are not able to accept donations from anonymous sources.  Thanks.
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    • $100 
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Organizer

Kevin Spach 
Organizer
Mariposa, CA