Northern California Wildfire Relief

California Wildfire ReliefNorthern California has experienced a series of devastating wildfires in 2018, burning close to 1 million 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 Butte County, the Camp Fire is now the most destructive fire in California history. So far, it has burned 150,000 acres, killing 76 and destroying nearly 13,000 structures. The fire has forced 200,000 residents from their homes and left most of the town of Paradise in ruins. As of November 18, the fire was 60% contained.

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

  • 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.
  • 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.

Butte County

  • Butte County has information on evacuations, road closures, shelters and other services for those affected by wildfires. Visitors can also find contact information for localized information and volunteer opportunities.
  • American Red Cross Gold Country Region provides up to date information on the fire’s progress, as well as shelters and emergency supply and response information
  • The North Valley Community Foundation’s Camp Fire Fund provides support to disaster relief and recovery services to individuals and communities affected by the Camp Fire.

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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