Northern California Wildfire Relief

California Wildfire ReliefNorthern California has experienced a series of devastating wildfires in 2018, burning close to 1.5 million acres and threatening communities from Madera County to the Oregon border. Combined, these fires covered an area larger than the state of Delaware.

In Butte County, the Camp Fire is now the most destructive fire in California history. It burned more than 153,000 acres, killing 85 and destroying more than 18,000 structures. Hundreds of thousands of residents were forced from their homes, and most of the town of Paradise was left in ruins. Thanks to the incredible efforts of thousands of fire personnel, the fire was declared 100% contained on November 25.

View a live map of the fires.

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.

Region-wide

Butte County

  • The North Valley Community Foundation’s Camp Fire Fund provides support and disaster relief and recovery services to individuals and communities affected by the Camp Fire.
  • The United Way of Northern California provides emergency cash assistance and gift cards to individuals and families who have been affected by the Camp Fire.
  • Butte County has information on a wide range of services for those affected by wildfires. Visitors can also find contacts for localized information and volunteer opportunities.
  • 211 Northern California has an extensive list of fire information, services and programs for those affected by the Camp Fire.
  • American Red Cross Gold Country Region provides shelters, meals and emergency supplies, as well as connecting affected residents to other resources.

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. Visit CCF’s disaster giving page for more tips on how to maximize your impact when giving to disaster relief.

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