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.
This Santa Rosa inn will be accepting item donations such as tents and sleeping bags until 4 p.m. Monday.
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.
North Coast Opportunities
This non-profit organization serving Lake and Mendocino Counties is accepting monetary donations online.
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.