Environment & Science

How to help wildfire victims in Northern California

A broken angel statue sits amidst rubble from a burned out house in the Valley Fire in Middletown, California on September 13, 2015. The governor of California declared a state of emergency Sunday as raging wildfires spread in the northern part of the drought-ridden US state, forcing thousands to flee the flames. The town of Middletown, population 1,300, was particularly devastated by the Valley Fire, according to local daily Santa Rosa Press-Democrat, which said the fire grew from 50 acres to 10,000 over just five hours Saturday -- before quadrupling in size overnight.
A broken angel statue sits amidst rubble from a burned out house in the Valley Fire in Middletown, California on September 13, 2015. The governor of California declared a state of emergency Sunday as raging wildfires spread in the northern part of the drought-ridden US state, forcing thousands to flee the flames. The town of Middletown, population 1,300, was particularly devastated by the Valley Fire, according to local daily Santa Rosa Press-Democrat, which said the fire grew from 50 acres to 10,000 over just five hours Saturday -- before quadrupling in size overnight.
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Wildfires have ravaged hundreds of homes and threatened thousands of structures, forcing many Northern California residents to abandon their homes.  One person has died, according to Cal Fire chief director Ken Pimlott, and an unknown number of people are still unaccounted for. 

Here are a few ways to help:

American Red Cross

The American Red Cross has opened evacuation centers while providing meals and health services to people devastated 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.

Fountaingrove Inn

This Santa Rosa inn will be accepting item donations such as tents and sleeping bags until 4 p.m. Monday.

You can learn more about the Fountaingrove Inn through its Facebook page.

Lovelakecounty.org

Santa Rosa-based creative design agency The Engine is Red built the website Lovelakecounty.org, 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 non-profit organization serving Lake and Mendocino Counties is accepting monetary donations online. 

You can find the website here.

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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.