October 15, 2017
4:30 P.M. PST

From Brother James Joost: “Mont La Salle is still okay. This was verified by the county supervisor to our maintenance director, Al Sanchez, this afternoon.”

Fire crews in the Mont La Salle area are concentrating on the Nuns Fire just to the north, which continues to pose a significant threat.  The main area of contact is Dry Creek Road in the Mount Veeder area northeast of Mont La Salle.  Containment is at about 25%.

Area weather forecasts indicated warm temperatures with calmer winds early in the week, with cooler temperatures and a chance of rain later in the week.

All of the Mont La Salle Brothers continue to stay in other Bay-Area communities and are doing well.

Thank you to all of these selfless fire and police crews working the front lines. 

From Justin-Siena High School: Barring unforeseen circumstances, the administration plans to return faculty and staff on October 17 and students on October 18.  A Justin-Siena Fire Relief Fund has been established for school community members who are need of assistance.  Also, on October 15, the school hosted an immensely successful five-hour “Feed the Firsts” community gathering with food and entertainment to thank area first-responders. News on these, as well as other information, can be found at www.facebook.com/JustinSiena/.

Please continue to monitor these e-bulletins, as well as posts on www.delasalle.org and  www.facebook.com/SFNODistrict/ for new information as it becomes available.  General information on the NorCal wildfires is available online through local Bay Area news outlets.

Thank you very much and please continue to keep our Napa-Sonoma-Solano area Brothers and Partners, as well as all who are being affected by this disaster, in your thoughts and prayers.  Live Jesus in our hearts forever.

Read the latest updates from the Napa Valley Register.

Track the fires in Napa and Sonoma counties.

A series of wildfires in Northern California have caused widespread destruction and significantly impacted homes and businesses throughout Sonoma and Napa counties, including the San Francisco New Orleans District Provincialate, Mont La Salle.

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              The Atlas Peak fire viewed from downtown Napa.                         (Photo courtesy Noel and Mary Hesser via Facebook)

At last report, there are 14 fires burning in eight counties.  One of these is the Atlas Peak fire, which is located approximately an hour northeast of Mont La Salle.  It was first reported the evening of October 8, and is estimated to have destroyed over 23, 000 acres and some 50 structures since then.  High winds and dry conditions are making containment difficult.

At Mont La Salle, there is no immediate fire danger, although earlier a small fire did erupt in a remote section of the property but quickly burnt itself out.  According to Brother James Joost, Auxiliary Visitor, the members of the two Brothers’ communities at Mont La Salle are all safe and doing well. Several Lasallians who had arrived early for a scheduled Discerning Leaders gathering also are safe and doing well.

On October 9, Brother James made his way to American Canyon, which 30 minutes south of Napa, in order to acquire cell service and make contact with the rest of the District.  He noted that both the smell of smoke and falling ash from the fire are inescapable for Napa Valley residents.

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  The fire-tinged Napa sunset as seen from           Mont La Salle. (Photo Br. James Joost)

The fires have caused numerous area power outages and loss of phone and Internet service, including at Mont La Salle.  A large emergency generator is providing electrical power, but the property currently is without phone or Internet service.  There is no word at this time as to when power and communications will be restored.

Brother Donald Johanson, Visitor, has closed the De La Salle Institute offices at Mont La Salle until further notice, asking employees to remain with their homes and families.  However, several DLSI employees have had to evacuate their homes as a safety precaution.  Also, Justin-Siena High School in Napa has suspended classes until further notice.

The Brothers thank everyone for their concern and ask that everyone keep in their prayers all who are in harm’s way and all who are responding to give assistance.

This story will be updated as new information is received.