Southern California Wildfire Relief
Amid dry conditions and record high temperatures, wildfires are devastating and disrupting communities throughout Southern California.
In Orange and Riverside Counties, the fast-moving Holy Fire has charred nearly 23,000 acres through the Cleveland National Forest near Trabuco Canyon. Two evacuation centers are open at Temescal Canyon High School in Riverside and San Juan Hills High School in Orange. As of August 17, the fire was 85% 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.
- Forest Service, Cleveland National Forest provides official updates on fire activity and evacuations, as well as up to the minute information via Twitter.
- American Red Cross Desert to the Sea Region connects to information on shelters and other resources for affected residents.
- Orange County Fire Authority provides updates on the fire, evacuations and other information for those who live in the affected area.
- Holy Fire Resident Lookup allows affected residents to input their address and find up-to-date evacuation orders and road closures in their area.
- Red Cross of Riverside County connects to information on shelters and other local resources for those affected by wildfires.
- RivCoReady information on evacuations, shelters, emergency resources and safety information for Riverside County residents who have been affected by the fires.
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