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How to help wildfire victims in Northern California

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Crews are making gains on one of the worst wildfires in California history, mopping up hot spots and strengthening control lines after it and two other blazes in the northern part of the state have combined to kill several people and destroy nearly 1,600 homes. The three fires have killed five people and are threatening thousands of additional houses. They were among 10 active wildfires, most of them in Northern California. About 100 miles north of San Francisco, damage-assessment teams have counted 1,050 homes destroyed by fire, many of them in the town of Middletown, making it the fourth-worst wildfire in state history based on total structures burned, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said. (Source - ABC News)

American Red Cross
The American Red Cross has opened evacuation centers while providing meals and health services to people impacted by the fires. The organization has also set up a website to make communications among victims and their families and friends easier.

Those who want to pitch in can visit call 1-800-REDCROSS or text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10. Click here to learn more about the Red Cross efforts to help wildfire victims.
Santa Rosa-based creative design agency The Engine is Red built the website, which lists donation centers and volunteer opportunities in Lake County. To check out the website and see the list of donation centers, click here.

North Coast Opportunities
This nonprofit organization serving Lake and Mendocino Counties is accepting monetary donations online. You can find the website here.

Redwood Credit Union
Sen. Mark McGuire’s office has set up a fund for Lake County Fire victims through Northern California-based Redwood Credit Union. People can mail a check, visit one of RCU’s branches or donate online. You can find out more about RCU here.

California Teachers Association
For members of the California Teachers Association, there is a fund set up to help if they have experienced significant losses due to disasters in California. Grants are available for homes and local schools, including temporary displacement and catastrophic damage grants. For more information click here.

Amador County Animal Response Team
The Amador County Animal Response Team, which currently has about 400 animals, is always looking for donations to help it respond to emergency situations such as the Butte Fire. For more information, click here.

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