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Sandalwood Fire in Riverside County and Saddleridge Fire in the San Fernando Valley: How to Help

Friday, October 11, 2019

Credit: ABC7 Los Angeles


Overview of the Hazard Events

The Sandalwood Fire broke out on Thursday (10/10/2019) afternoon in the Riverside County region, in Calimesa. The fire has destroyed over 90 structures — most of which are mobile homes — affecting many low-income older adults. One senior resident died.

The Saddleridge Fire broke out on Thursday (10/10/2019) night in the northern foothills of the San Fernando Valley. The fire has destroyed numerous homes and forced thousands to evacuate. One person died.

Both fires are fueled by strong Santa Ana winds.

For the Sandalwood Fire, please visit Riverside County Fire Department for the most up-to-date information about highway closure, evaluation maps, and evacuation centers.

For the Saddleridge Fire, please visit Los Angeles Fire Department for the most up-to-date information about highway closure, evaluation maps, and evacuation centers. 


How to Help

SCG members have activated the following wildfire relief and recovery funds serve to support those who have been impacted by the fire. 

Sandalwood Fire

The Community Foundation (serving the Counties of Riverside and San Bernardino):

Inland Empire Disaster Relief Fund - Riverside supports the relief and recovery of communities impacted by disasters in Riverside County:

United Way of the Inland Valleys:

Sandalwood Fire Fund:

Saddleridge Fire

California Community Foundation:

Wildfire Relief Fund supports a range of services to those impacted by wildfires:


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


For questions and more information, please contact Alan H. Kwok, PhD, Director, Disaster Resilience, Philanthropy California at [email protected]



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