Northern California Wildfire Relief
Northern 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 86 and destroying close to 19,000 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. While damage assessment is ongoing, estimates already exceed $10 billion.
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.
- The State of California’s Guide to Disaster Assistance Services for Immigrant Californians provides information on health, housing, emergency supplies, employment and other services available to all Californians, regardless of their immigration status.
- The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services connects residents with a wide range of services and programs targeted specifically at those who have been affected by wildfires.
- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides emergency medical, housing and other types of assistance for those affected by disasters.
- The California Fire Foundation provides emotional and financial support to fallen firefighters and the communities they protect.
- Airbnb’s Open Homes program provides free temporary housing to people displaced by the Camp Fire.
- Direct Relief International is providing emergency, firefighting and medical supplies to first responders and affected communities.
- Operation USA provides supplies to meet the immediate needs of first responders and affected communities while also assisting with long-term recovery efforts.
- 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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