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California Wildfires Resources

Friday, November 9, 2018

Our thoughts go out to our members, partners, friends and everyone impacted by the the Woolsey and Hill fires. We will keep this page updated with information that could be helpful in responding appropriately to these disasters that are forcing thousands of people to evacuate their homes. With strong Santa Ana winds, the Woosley Fire has burned through over 8,000 acres in Los Angeles and Ventura counties between Thursday night and Friday morning. The Hill Fire, just a few miles from the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, CA, where there was a mass murder two days ago, is quickly spreading. 


Resources for California Fires Briefing with Local Responders and Funders


On Tuesday, November 13, Philanthropy California held an urgent webinar to offer funders an up-to-the-minute briefing on local and state agency responses to the fires in Butte, Ventura and Los Angeles Counties. Speakers provided an overview of the current situation on the ground and how it could develop in the coming weeks; perspectives on immediate and anticipated community needs that are being addressed by local community foundations (with a focus on the people who have the least access to resources); and information on how funders across the national can help most effectively. 

Watch the Webinar


How to Help

  • To stay up to date on the latest fire evacuation and shelter information, please visit You can also sign up for text alerts at
  • United Way of Greater Los Angeles set up a Southern California Disaster Relief Fund. United Way Fund are used for longer term needs, and particularly targets low-income communities. United Way works with the Domestic Workers Alliance to help identify those who lose employment when a home is damaged.
  • If you wish to contribute to the Hill and Woolsey Fire Sudden and Urgent Needs Effort, please click here.
  • The Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) has launched the CDP California Wildfire Recovery Fund. The Fund is designed to support the medium- and long-term recovery needs for individuals, families and their communities over the weeks and months to come. To learn more about the focus of the Fund, click here. CDP also has Disaster Profile that is being updated on a daily basis with an overview of the situation, articulate what the most critical needs are and share how the funder community can best insert itself. 
  • Ventura County 211 Intake Form.
  • For information on volunteering and donating to the survivors of these wildfires, please click here.


Ventura County

  • Ventura County Community Foundation has set up a Disaster Relief Fund to support the immediate and mid- to long-term needs of those impacted by the fire.
  • The SUN Fund (Sudden and Urgent Needs Fund), through the Ventura County Community Foundation, provides relief funds for organizations responding.
  • The 805 UndocuFund is a collective effort among Ventura and Santa Barbara County-based grassroots organizations to assist local undocumented immigrant individuals and families who have been economically impacted by the Hill and Woolsey Fires, but are excluded from many relief programs such as FEMA assistance and Disaster Unemployment Assistance.
  • Ready Ventura County has relevant funder information. 
  • The Humane Society of Ventura County is helping animals displaced by the fires by providing sanctuary to domestic animals and livestock from evacuated areas.


Los Angeles County



  • The California Governor's Office of Emergency Services has statewide wildfire recovery efforts and resources information.
    The California Fire Foundation's Supplying Aid to Victims of Emergency (SAVE) program brings immediate, short-term relief to victims of fire or other natural disaster throughout California.
  • The California Fire Foundation also supplies emergency support to departments and families of firefighters killed in the line of duty and provides educational assistance to the children of fallen firefighters through the California Firefighters Endowment and Daniel A. Terry Scholarship program
  • Donate to the American Red Cross in support of the “California wildfires.”
  • The Actors Fund is providing direct financial assistance to people all across the state affected by fires. The eligibility requirements focus on people who have earned money in their craft(s) for at least five years in any of the main disciplines: radio, TV, film, music, opera, dance or theater.  All for performing arts and entertainment.


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