California Wildfire Resources: How You Can Help and Stay Safe
It’s been over a week since lightning storms ignited hundreds of fires throughout California, burning more than 1.4 million acres.
To date, we have seen:
- Over 13,000 lightning strikes
- 625 fires
- 17 major fires, including some of the largest in CA history
Although we experience fire season every summer, this year is hitting especially hard with record-setting heat alongside the pandemic. So we’ve put together some resources to help you stay up-to-date, donate and be safe.
Check your government and local fire district website for live updates, interactive maps and containment.
HOW TO HELP
If you are able to help financially, here are some donation sites:
- Red Cross Wildfire Relief helps prepare for, respond to, and help people recover.
- GoFund Me Wildfire Relief Fund launched a centralized donation page to help those displaced.
- California Fire Foundation provides emotional and financial support to firefighters & their families.
- UndocuFund Disaster Relief provide relief and support to undocumented families & individuals in Somona County.
- Center for Disaster Philanthropy Wildfire Recovery Fund supports communities prepare, rebuild and recover.
- California Community Foundation Wildfire Relief offers a wide variety of support to fire victims.
- Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks to rebuild Big Basin Redwoods State Park.
If you are able to donate your time, here are some ways:
- Red Cross Disaster Response Volunteering
- Caring Choices Emergency Services Volunteering
- Volunteer at a local food pantry
AIR QUALITY SAFETY
It’s important to remember the dense smoke that is impacting our air quality is unhealthy to breathe, especially during a respiratory virus pandemic. Your Covid masks and bandanas do not fully protect from the tiny smoke particles that make it deep into your lungs and cause long-term health conditions. Before exercising outside, check the EPA’s AirNow to stay current with your region’s unhealthy air quality.
Our hearts go out to all the firefighters who have been working tirelessly to control these wildfires. ♥♥