Northern California Wildfire Relief
Northern California has experienced a series of devastating wildfires, burning more than 840,000 acres and threatening communities from Madera County to the Oregon border. Combined, these fires covered an area larger than the state of Rhode Island.
In Mendocino and Lake Counties, two fires devastated huge areas and forced thousands from their homes, destroying at more than 260 structures. The Ranch Fire, now the largest fire in California history, scorched more than 410,000 acres, while the River Fire, burned nearly 50,000 acres. As of September 21, both fires are 100% contained.
In Shasta and Trinity Counties, the Delta Fire burned nearly 61,000 acres in western Shasta County, closing sections of the 5 and forcing evacuations of residents throughout the area. As of September 21, the fire was 92% contained. The Carr Fire, considered one of the deadliest and most destructive fires in recent history, with eight deaths and 1,600 structures destroyed, burned nearly 230,000 acres. The Hirz fire has also scorched more than 46,000 acres in the Shasta National Forest. As of September 21, both fires were 100% contained.
In Tuolumne County, the Donnell Fire has scorched over 36,000 acres. More than 50 structures have been destroyed, and forest closures are in place along Highway 108. As of September 21, the fire was 90% contained.
In Siskiyou County, the Natchez Fire burned more than 33,000 acres on the California/Oregon border. As of September 21, the fire was 84% contained.
In Madera County, the Lions Fire set more than 13,000 acres ablaze in the Sierra National Forest. As of September 21, it was 85% contained.
The immediate needs of those affected by Northern California wildfires are great, and the recovery process will be long and difficult in communities throughout the state.
The list below contains links to information and local resources for those affected as well as to organizations providing immediate and long-term relief. It will be updated as more information and resources are available.
- The CCF Wildfire Relief Fund supports intermediate and long-term recovery efforts for major California wildfires, as well as preparedness efforts.
- Operation USA provides supplies to meet the immediate needs of first responders and affected communities while also assisting with long-term recovery efforts.
- MendoAlert provides targeted updates on evacuations, road closures, shelters and other services for those affected by wildfires.
- Fire Recovery Mendocino provides a centralized hub of resources on everything from shelters and services to debris removal and rebuilding for those affected by the fires.
- The Disaster Fund for Mendocino County provides support to disaster relief and recovery services in the aftermath of natural disasters.
- Lake County Be Well provides links to fire and health resources, as well as linking to volunteer opportunities for those who wish to help those affected by the fires.
- LakeCoAlerts provide targeted updates on evacuations, road closures, shelters and other services for those affected by wildfires.
- Shasta County 211 provides up-to-date information on evacuations, road closures, transportation options and shelters.
- Shasta County’s Evacuee Resources Page offers information on where affected residents can find access to food, shelter, water, clothing, protective gear, child care and other services and support.
- Carr Fire Recovery provides links to safety notifications, shelters, services and recovery programs for affected residents.
- The Shasta Regional Community Foundation’s Community Disaster Relief Fund will support short- and long-term relief for individuals and communities affected by the Carr Fire.
- Trinity County Health and Human Services Department provides updates on evacuations, shelters and other issues affecting wildfire victims through their Facebook page.
- The Code Red Emergency Alert System provides targeted updates on evacuations, shelters, road closures and more for Trinity County Residents.
- The Tuolumne County Citizen Alert provides location-specific text alerts on evacuations, road closures and other critical emergency information.
- The Stanislaus National Forest Fire Information provides maps and current information on fires within the Stanislaus National Forest.
- The Siskiyou County Office of Emergency Services provides information on emergency preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation.
- The Code Red Emergency Alert System provides targeted updates on evacuations, shelters, road closures and more for Siskiyou County Residents.
- Firewise Madera County provides links to up-to-date information on area wildfires, as well as information on wildfire preparedness and safety.
- MCAlert provides targeted updates on evacuations, road closures, shelters and other services for those affected by wildfires.
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