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2018 August California Fires: How to Help

Monday, August 20, 2018
Redding firefighters look on as the Carr Fire moves through the area on August 6, 2018

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. Several years of low rain and high heat have dried the plants and soil, a function of climate change which is heightening fire danger.

The impact of the Carr Fire has impacted much of Shasta County. 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. 

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 declared a state of emergency in Lake, Mendocino, and Napa Counties. The fire has impacted not just Mendocino and Colusa counties but has continued to devastate property and land in Lake County and has expanded to parts of Glen County. 

How to Help

Carr Fire

Mendocino Complex Fire

  • The Mendocino Community Foundation has maintained its disaster fund and you can donate here.

Southern California Fires

Our Philanthropy CA partners are tracking ways to help respond to the Holy Fire affecting the southern part of our state. How to Help >