For Immediate Release: September 18, 2015
PETALUMA, Calif. – Saturday, September 12 started out like a normal weekend in the rolling hillsides of Northern California, but by that evening the inferno that would come to be known as the "Valley Fire" had raged across Lake County towards Napa County.
Headquartered less than fifty miles from the crisis, CrossCheck quickly established a fundraiser to assist the fire's victims, and the company rallied to donate just over $2,000 to the American Red Cross even before the crisis was over.
The fire still rages. It's destroyed over 75,000 acres so far even with 3,500 plus firefighters and over 400 fire engines battling it as we write. It's claimed the lives of five civilians, injured four firefighters, and it's only 40 percent contained.
Evacuation orders are in effect in Lake and Napa counties, where 585 homes have already been lost. Another 7,650 homes and 150 commercial properties remain threatened. Evacuees are camping at the Napa Valley Fairgrounds and locations in Kelseyville.
Incredibly, the structure where the fire might have started still stands. Investigators have focused on an outbuilding in the tiny town of Cobb. It's a woodshed with no electricity, and the cause of ignition has not yet been determined. There are no criminal suspicions.
Thankfully, nature helped by showering the area with rain, bringing containment to 40 percent, however temps are expected to soar again by the weekend.
"We're all hoping for the best, and we're very proud of the way our employees have come to the aid of their neighbors," said J. David Siembieda, CrossCheck’s President and CEO. “Our prayers go out to the families affected by the fire, and to the firefighters trying to protect them. We hope our contribution helps.”
About CrossCheck, Inc.
CrossCheck, Inc., an established leader in the payments industry, processes and approves billions of dollars worth of check transactions annually for retail and dealer outlets throughout the U.S. For more than 30 years, its goal has been to increase merchants’ profits by providing efficient and affordable check approval, guarantee and conversion services that can help increase sales and reduce risk. The company has offices in Petaluma, California, Phoenix, Arizona and Dallas, Texas. Their suite of services includes check conversion technology, ACH, web-based transactions and remote deposit capture products.
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