Wildfire Relief Fund

Crews continue to battle 25 major wildfires in California with over 17,400 firefighters on the front lines. Yesterday, firefighters down in San Diego County were able to contain the over 17,000 acre Valley Fire, as well as 27 new initial attack wildfires across the State.

Since the beginning of the year, there have been well over 8,000 wildfires that have burned well over 3.6 million acres in California. Since August 15, when California’s fire activity elevated, there have been 26 fatalities and over 6,900 structures destroyed.

Major Fires are located here:

  • North Complex – Butte, Plumas, and Yuba Counties (78% contained)
  • Creek Fire, Fresno County (36% contained)
  • August Complex, Tehama County (40% contained)
  • Bobcat Fire is in Los Angeles County (55% contained)

In the aftermath of a disaster, immediate needs for victims can include shelter, food, cash and other basic needs. A community’s recovery is often more complex and depends on the scope of the disaster and an affected community’s specific context and needs. For these reasons, the California Community Foundation’s Wildfire Relief Fund supports both mid-term to long-term recovery efforts for those affected by California wildfires. Since the Wildfire Relief Fund opened in 2003, we have granted more than $24 million to support relief and recovery efforts in the aftermath of these devastating wildfires.

If you or someone you know has been affected by the wildfires and is seeking assistance, please visit our Southern California Wildfire and Northern California Wildfire resource pages. Please note that the Wildfire Relief Fund cannot accept donations of food, clothing or other supplies.

For more information, contact us at disaster [@] calfund [.] org or call 213-413-4130.

To make a secure, tax-deductible donation online, click on the button below. You may also send checks payable to the California Community Foundation, noting that the donation is for the Wildfire Relief Fund. Checks should be mailed to:

California Community Foundation
221 S. Figueroa St., Suite 400
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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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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