Northern California Wildfire Relief
A series of devastating wildfires has spread across Northern California, leaving more than 775,000 acres ablaze and threatening communities from Madera County to the Oregon border. Combined, these fires are larger than the total area of New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and Philadelphia.
In Mendocino and Lake Counties, two fires have devastated huge areas and forces thousands from their homes. At 329,000 acres, the Ranch Fire is now the largest in California history. As of August 17th, the fire was 76% contained. The River Fire, which reached nearly 50,000 acres, is now 100% contained. At least 264 structures have been destroyed and thousands more remain threatened. Mandatory evacuations have been instituted in communities across both counties, and major sections on the 175, 20 and 29 Freeways have been closed to traffic.
In Shasta and Trinity Counties, the Carr Fire is now considered one of the deadliest and most destructive fires in recent history, with eight deaths connected to the blaze. The fire has burned nearly 220,000 acres, destroying more than 1,600 structures and threatening hundreds more. Tens of thousands of residents have been forced to evacuate. As of August 17, the Carr Fire was 75% contained. The Hirz fire has also scorched more than 11,000 acres in the Shasta National Forest. As of August 17th, the fire was only 7% contained.
In Mariposa County, the Ferguson Fire now spans more than 96,000 acres. Nearly 1,500 fire personnel are battling the blaze, which has claimed two lives so far. Evacuations are in place throughout the area and authorities have closed sections of Highways 140, 41 and 49 South. As of August 17, the fire was 87% contained.
In Tuolumne County, the Donnell Fire has scorched more than 31,000 acres. More than 50 structures have been destroyed, and mandatory evacuations are in place along Highway 108. As of August 17th, the fire was 36% contained.
In Siskiyou County, the Natchez Fire has already more than 18,000 acres on the California/Oregon border. As of August 17, the fire was 57% contained.
In Madera County, the Lions Fire has burned nearly 11,000 acres in the Sierra National Forest. As of August 17, it was 70% contained.
In Modoc County, the Stone Fire has set more than 5,000 acres ablaze. Motorists on Highways 299 and 139 south of Canby are advised to use caution and watch for firefighting equipment and personnel. As of August 17, the fire is 0% contained.
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 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 Mariposa County homepage links to current updates on road conditions, shelters, road conditions and other information for affected communities.
- Mariposa Recovers offers an extensive list of local, state and federal resources for those affected by the Ferguson Fire.
- 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.
- Modoc County Office of Emergency Services provides access to community and local government emergency plans and supporting documents.
- Modoc County Code Red offers text updates on evacuations, road closures, shelters and other services for those affected by wildfires.
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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