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2019 Tick, Getty, Easy and Other Wildfires: How to Help

Thursday, October 31, 2019


Overview of the Hazard Events

Tick , Getty, and Easy Fires

The Tick Fire broke out on Thursday (10/24/2019) afternoon near Santa Clarita. The fire forced thousands to evacuate, and destroyed 23 homes and damaged 43 others. Three firefighters were injured. The final incident report of the Tick fire can be found here on the Los Angeles County Fire Department. 

The Getty Fire started on Monday (10/28/2019). Already, several homes have been destroyed. Evacuation orders are still in place. For the most up-to-date information about highway closure, evaluation maps, and evacuation centers resulting from the Getty Fire, please visit the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Three other fires are still active as of 10/31/2019. The Easy and Maria Fires in Ventura County, and the Hillside Fire in San Bernardino County. Particularly, these fires are impacting low-income (and many of them undocumented) agricultural workers the most.

  • For the most up-to-date information about highway closure, evaluation maps, and evacuation centers resulting from the Easy and Maria Fires, please visit the Ventura County Emergency.
  • For the most up-to-date information about highway closure, evaluation maps, and evacuation centers resulting from the Hillside Fire, please visit the San Bernardino National Forest Service

Please visit Northern California Grantmakers website for information about how you can help support those impacted by the Kincade Fire.


How to Help

SCG members and partners maintain the following funds to short- and long-term wildfire preparedness, relief and recovery efforts:

The California Community Foundation: Wildfire Relief Fund

The fund supports intermediate and long-term recovery efforts for major California wildfires, as well as preparedness efforts.


Entertainment Industry Foundation: Fire Relief Fund

The fund supports firefighters, first responders and communities impacted by wildfires in Northern and Southern California.


The California Fire Foundation: Supplying Aid to Victims of Emergency (SAVE) Program

The program brings immediate, short-term relief to victims of fire or other extreme natural events throughout California. The California Fire Foundation is also accepting donations to its California Firefighters Benevolent Fund that provides assistance and support to firefighters who are displaced or impacted by fire or other natural events.


Ventura County Community Foundation: Wildfire Response Fund

The fund responds rapidly where needed most in times of disaster.


Ventura County Community Foundation: 805 Undocufund

The fund has re-opened to assist undocumented families affected by the Easy and Maria Fires in Ventura County. These families are excluded from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) assitance and other federally funded safety net programs.



How Philanthropy California Can Support Your Engagement

Philanthropy California is deploying its deep work in disaster resilience efforts toward:

  • Sharing what’s needed now, emerging issues, and where funders can make the most of their contributions
  • Publicizing trusted funds for relief and recovery
  • Advising how best to meet short and long-term needs
  • Connecting funders, government partners, and organizations active in responding to the disaster
  • Supporting funders with tools, connections, and expertise


Resources for Your Organization

The State of California’s Guide to Disaster Assistance Services for Immigrant Californians provides information on health, housing, emergency supplies, employment and other services available to all Californians, regardless of their immigration status.

For funders who want to learn more about how they can best support immigrant communities in a disaster, please listen to the webinar “Funding for Immigrant Communities Post-Disaster” hosted by the Center for Disaster Philanthropy and Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR).

The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services connects residents with a wide range of services and programs targeted specifically at those who have been affected by wildfires.



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