Since it began on Saturday, the Clayton Fire “has destroyed 175 homes and 268 structures in total,” but the damages are “in excess of $7 million,” according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
The fire was allegedly started by Damin Pashilk of Clearlake, who was arraigned at the Lake County courthouse “Wednesday afternoon on felony arson charges accusing him of lighting 12 fires and trying to set a 13th, plus four more counts related to methamphetamine violations and driving on a suspended license. The fires all occurred between July 2, 2015, and Saturday, when he allegedly sparked the devastating Clayton Fire,” according to the Chronicle. Authorities have dubbed Pashilk “a serial arsonist.”
Safeway’s stores in American Canyon, Arcata, Benicia, Clearlake, Corte Madera, Crescent City, Eureka, Fort Bragg, Fortuna, Guerneville, Healdsburg, Lakeport, McKinleyville, Napa, Novato, Petaluma, Rohnert Park, San Anselmo, San Rafael, Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, Sonoma, St. Helena, Ukiah, Vallejo, Willits and Windsor are also participating in the fundraising drive, according store officials.