Northern California Wildfire Relief

California Wildfire ReliefThe 2017 wildfire season is one of the most devastating ever recorded, with dozens of lives lost and tens of thousands evacuated. As of October 10, more than 115,000 acres were ablaze in nearly a dozen separate fires in Northern California. Governor Jerry Brown has declared states of emergency in Napa, Sonoma, Yuba, Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Nevada and Orange Counties.

The human toll of these fires is incalculable. More than 500 residents have been reported missing in Sonoma County alone. Nearly 20,000 residents have been forced from their homes, with no sense of when they might be able to return. Shelters in the areas are struggling to keep up with the demand from displaced residents.

The immediate needs of those affected by the wildfires are great, and the recovery process will be long and difficult in communities throughout the state. The organizations below provide immediate and long-term relief. This list will be updated as more information and resources are available.

  • The Northern California Fire Fund supports local organizations in affected areas as they help individuals, families and communities recover and rebuild. The fund is a collaboration between the Mendocino County Community Foundation, the Napa Valley Community Foundation and the Community Foundation of Sonoma County.
  • The Sonoma County Resilience Fund supports organizations on the ground addressing immediate needs as well and seeks to lay the groundwork for the longer-term rebuilding effort.
  • The Napa Valley Disaster Relief Fund is assessing urgent needs and supporting organizations engaged in short- and long-term recovery efforts in the Napa Valley.
  • The Disaster Fund for Mendocino County provides support to disaster relief and recovery services in the aftermath of natural disasters.
  • The American Red Cross Orange County Region provides shelters, food, medical supplies and emergency management for those affected by wildfires in Orange County.
  • The CCF Wildfire Relief Fund supports intermediate and long-term recovery efforts for major California wildfires, as well as preparedness efforts.

When supporting relief organizations, consider marking your gift as general operating support. By doing so, you enable the organization to both respond to current disasters and be prepared for those that may arise in the future.

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