2019 California Fires: How to Help

Thursday, August 9, 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.

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