Southern California Wildfire Relief
Amid dry conditions and record high temperatures, the 2018 wildfire season has disrupted communities throughout Southern California. In Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, the Hill and Woolsey fires set more than 102,000 acres ablaze, killing three, destroying 1,500 structures and forcing close to 300,000 from their homes as mandatory evacuations were declared from Mailbu to Simi Valley. On November 21, both fires were declared 100% 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.
- 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 Hill & Woolsey Fires.
- Direct Relief International is providing emergency, firefighting and medical supplies medications 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.
Los Angeles County
- The Red Cross of Los Angeles County provides provides shelter locations, evacuation updates and safety information to those threatened by the fires.
- 211 Los Angeles provides detailed evacuation information, maps, shelter information, updates on the fire’s progress and links to emergency services.
- The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank connects affected residents with food pantries and emergency supply providers throughout Los Angeles County.
- The Red Cross of Ventura County provides shelter locations, evacuation updates and safety information to those in affected areas. Those wishing to volunteer should visit their Volunteer Connection page.
- 211 Ventura County provides detailed evacuation information, maps, shelter information, updates on the fire’s progress and links to emergency services.
- The Ventura County Community Disaster Relief Fund, created by the Ventura County Community Foundation, supports organizations providing shelter and long-term housing, legal services, education, healthcare and other immediate and long-term needs of disaster victims.
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.
Contributions to the California Community Foundation represent irrevocable gifts subject to the legal and fiduciary control of the foundation’s board of directors. This charge will appear on your credit card statement as a payment to “Calif Comm Fdn – CCF”. In addition, California Community Foundation incurs a third-party administrative fee of 2.7 percent for credit card contributions. The foundation will charge the fee directly to the individual fund.