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Sonoma Raceway hosts temporary RV shelter for Wine Country fire evacuees

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He does not own much, but Scott Blood carried a big smile this week.

The 54-year-old Sonoma evacuee strummed his banjo under the late morning sun on Friday, creating some noise in the otherwise hushed 50 Acres campground that Sonoma Raceway opened this week for fire evacuees.

Scott Blood of Sonoma plays his banjo in one of Sonoma Raceway’s RV lots, which the raceway has made available to fire evacuees. (Alan Dep — Marin Independent Journal)
Scott Blood of Sonoma plays his banjo in one of Sonoma Raceway’s RV lots, which the raceway has made available to fire evacuees. (Alan Dep — Marin Independent Journal) 

“I lose all thoughts when I play instruments and forget about the ills of the world — jobs, money, all these things,” Blood said during a quick break from playing his instrument. “That’s kind of what I’m doing. When I’m playing, I don’t think of what’s going on and it’s kind of therapeutic. There’s a lot of people, including my friends who’ve lost everything — and I mean everything, except the clothes on their back.”

More than 50 recreational vehicles could be seen parked at the campground just outside Marin operating at no cost to those fleeing the fires. The campground, equipped to house up to 2,000 campers during major event weekends, was expected to remain open another couple weeks.

“We look like we’ll stay open to the 27th of October,” said Diana Brennan, vice president of communications and marketing at the raceway. “But it depends on the need locally. We’ll continue to evaluate that.”


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