Northern California Wildfire Relief
After a cool, wet spring, the 2019 Wildfire Season Northern California has kicked into high gear, with more than 100 wildfires scorching more than 40,000 acres. The largest fire so is Modoc County’s Tucker Fire, which burned more than 14,000 acres.
This year follows the worst wildfire season in Northern California history, burning close to 1.5 million acres and threatening communities from Madera County to the Oregon border. The most destructive wildfire in California History, Butte County’s Camp Fire, burned more than 153,000 acres, killing 85 and destroying close to 19,000 structures.
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.
- The North Valley Community Foundation’s Butte Strong Fund is designated to support organizations that are providing direct relief to those affected by the Camp Fire in five areas of major work: Housing, Health and Wellness, Education, Community Development, and Business Recovery.
- Camp Fire Long-Term Recovery Group provides support for the unmet needs of Camp Fire victims.
- Butte 211 has an extensive list of fire information, services and programs for those affected by the Camp Fire.
- Due to the overwhelming need for disaster case management, a Community Queue has been established to connect Camp Fire Survivors with case managers as they become available. Survivors in need of a disaster case manager or looking to take the initial steps in applying for Emergency Financial Assistance through the Butte Strong Fund can begin the process online: bit.ly/211intake. Please be aware that this program is not immediate assistance, and the application process may take more than 6 weeks. Patience is appreciated as responding agencies work together to address the extensive community need for disaster case management.
- 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.
- American Red Cross Gold Country Region provides access to 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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