On July 23, 2018, firefighters began battling the Carr Fire in Northern California and from Thursday night to Friday morning, the Carr Fire raged out of control, threatening widespread and tragic destruction. The fire has exploded in size in the last week, and currently totals over 180 square miles. Over 4,000 firefighters are battling the fire in blistering heat.
Currently, an estimated 38,000 California residents have been evacuated, and over 1,000 homes have been destroyed. The Carr Fire has burned over 115,000 acres and taken the lives of two firefighters including Redding Fire Inspector Jeremy Stoke. Four people have died and four people are missing as of Wednesday, August 1. The fire is currently 35% contained.
Across the state, 12,000 firefighters are battling 17 other large fires. The Ferguson Fire has burned over 62,000 acres and claimed the lives of Heavy Equipment Operator Braden Varney and Captain Brian Hughes. The Ranch and River fires in Mendocino County have burned over 90,000 acres combined and the Cranston Fire has scorched more than 13,130 acres.
INFORMATION ON DONATING PRODUCT/ARTICLES OF CLOTHING:
The California Fire Foundation does not accept any product/clothing donations for fire victims. However monetary donations are accepted and provide direct assistance in disaster situations where it is needed most.
INFORMATION ON FINANCIAL DONATIONS:
Firefighters have also lost their homes while fighting this devastating firestorm.
You can donate to the California Fire Foundation’s Supplying Aid to Victims of Emergency (SAVE) program, which aids firefighters throughout California with a $100 gift card if their home was destroyed/lost. You can read more about the SAVE program in the “Communities” section below. Additionally you can donate to the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Disaster Relief Fund, which provides immediate financial assistance to firefighters and their families who were impacted by the disasters.
Local California Professional Firefighters (CPF) affiliates came together and formed an official fundraising site to aid those firefighters whose lives have been uprooted by the disaster in the Carr Fire. Proceeds from the Fund will be equally allocated between all affected firefighters. 100% of the funds go to our firefighters.
As part of the California Fire Foundation’s mission to provide victim assistance, it’s Supplying Aid to Victims of Emergency (SAVE) program provides emergency short-term financial assistance to fire and natural disaster victims in California year-round, including both firefighters and civilians.
Thanks to the generous contributions received, the California Fire Foundation mobilized direct assistance to those who’ve suffered catastrophic losses in the Carr Fire. Through SAVE, CPF local affiliates and their fire departments are on site in Redding with hundreds of SAVE gift cards to aid anyone who has lost or incurred significant damage to their place of residence. The $100 SAVE cards provide those suffering substantial property loss with some immediate on-site assistance. Click HERE to support the program for continued relief year-round statewide, or for additional information.
If you are giving product/clothing donations to an organization, we recommend that you follow these thoughtful giving guidelines:
- Give only items that have been specifically requested. Ask shelters/food banks what donations they specifically need.
- For disaster victims, please give new and unopened items only.
- Be aware that disaster relief efforts are quickly changing and information does not update quickly.
- Money is always appreciated