California's summer firestorms are threatening thousands of additional structures and tens of thousands have moved to safety. Evacuation orders remain in place in some of these locations. Some have been allowed to return, others have not, and the fires remain unpredictable.
The federal government has declared Shasta county a major disaster, making people eligible for a variety of assistance programs including housing assistance, food aid, unemployment assistance, counseling and medical services, and legal services. Several years of low rain and high heat have dried the plants and soil, a function of climate change which is heightening fire danger.
Another major wildfire, The Mendocino Complex Fire (Ranch & River fires), has become the largest wildfire in the state’s history, by acres burned. Governor Brown has now declared a state of emergency in Lake, Mendocino, and Napa COunties. The fire, located near Clear Lake and the Mendocino national forests threatens thousands of structures and has resulted in evacuations in parts of Colusa, Lake, and Mendocino Counties. As of Friday morning, August 10, the fire is 60% contained.
How to Help
- Shasta Regional Community Foundation has enabled its Community Disaster Relief Fund to receive donations for this fire.
- United Way of Northern California established the Shasta County Fire Relief Fund to aid victims of the Carr Fire.
- The Mendocino Community Foundation has maintained its disaster fund and you can donate here.