Southern California Wildfire Relief
Amid dry conditions and record high temperatures, wildfires are tearing through Southern California, devastating and disrupting communities from San Diego to Santa Barbara.
In Santa Barbara County, the Holiday fire has destroyed dozens of structures and forced hundreds of Goleta residents from their homes. As of July 9, the fire was 90% contained.
In San Bernardino County, the Valley fire continues to spread, having reached more than 1,300 acres and led to the evacuation of hundreds of Forest Falls residents. Two more fires have charred close to 150 acres and cause slowdowns and closures on the 15 freeway.
In San Diego County, the West fire has scorched more than 500 acres, forcing 2,500 from their homes and destroying more than 50 structures in and around the the community of Alpine.
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.
Santa Barbara County
- Ready SBC provides updates and evacuation information for Santa Barbara County Residents.
- Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster of Santa Barbara County brings together nonprofit, public and for-profit organizations to foster more effective services to help individuals and families affected by disasters.
- Aware & Prepare allows Santa Barbara County residents to register for location-specific text message notification of evacuation and other emergency alerts.
- Easylift provides free transportation to anyone, especially those using wheelchairs. Easylift is offering free transportation to shelter locations for evacuees.
- The Santa Barbara Foundation’s Community Disaster Relief Fund supports key local organizations in emergency response operations and recovery efforts.
Santa Bernardino County
- Red Cross of San Bernardino County connects to information on shelters and other local resources for those affected by wildfires.
- The County of San Bernardino provides updates and resources to disaster victims, as well as connecting volunteers with opportunities to help affected communities, though their Preparedness & Response page.
San Diego County
- Community Recovery Team provides a central location for San Diego residents affected by the wildfires to apply for services and assistance.
- San Diego Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster brings together nonprofit, public and for-profit organizations to foster more effective services to help individuals and families affected by disasters.
- Red Cross of San Diego County provides information on local shelters and other emergency services for affected residents.
- San Diego Fire Foundation provides equipment, training and operational funding for first responders and emergency personnel in San Diego County.
- The San Diego Foundation’s Regional Disaster Fund will help victims of the Lilac Fire and provide support to nonprofits involved in recovery and rebuilding efforts for affected communities.
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. More tips for effective disaster giving can be found here.
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