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How To Help Victims Of Butte, Valley Fires

Eric Risberg / AP

A Sacramento firefighter puts up markings on a street sign below a hillside where a number of homes were destroyed by fire Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015, in Hidden Valley, Calif.

Eric Risberg / AP

The American Red Cross is operating evacuee centers for people displaced by the Valley and Butte fires. Those wanting to help should check with agencies for information on current needs, as they often change daily.

Mandatory evacuations are still in effect for people living near the fires. The American Red Cross is providing shelter, food and water to thousands of people at: the Jackson Rancheria Hotel and Resort Casino for the Butte Fire and the Napa County Fairgrounds for the Valley Fire.

"In Jackson Rancheria, for example, we had up to 500 people at one point," says Lilly Wyatt with the Sacramento area American Red Cross.

She says the Red Cross is ready to help people who come to the evacuee centers with smoke-related breathing problems and other health issues.

"We actually have volunteer nurses that are on site,” says Wyatt. “We also have partnered with hospitals to come over and help with any issues that might be affecting the evacuees."

Wyatt says the best way to help disaster victims is through a financial donation to the Red Cross website.

Red Cross Donation Information:

  • Call 1-800-Red-Cross, or
  • Text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation

Donations Collected At Stockton Fairgrounds:

Donations to Burn Support Organizations:

Valley Fire

State Senator Mike McGuire, who represents Lake County, has launched a donation drive to help those affected by Valley Fire. 

The Lake County Office Of Emergency Services says those looking to help can contribute to a fund via the Mendo-Lake Credit Union or by providing items to the United Methodist Church in Clearlake. Mendo-Lake Credit Union is accepting financial donations on behalf of North Coast Opportunities, Inc. to assist with fire recovery efforts. Payments may be made online and checks should be made out to Mendo-Lake Credit Union or North Coast Opportunities with a memo for Valley Fire and dropped off or mailed to the following branch locations:

  • 14866 Olympic Drive in Clearlake, CA 95422 
  • 953 11th Street in Lakeport, CA 95453
  • 526 S State Street in Ukiah, CA 94582

Donations of clothing, blankets, personal hygiene items, canned or packaged food, blanket, sleeping bags and pet food can be brought to the The United Methodist Church at 14521 Pearl Avenue, in Clearlake, Sunday through Friday, between the hours of 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

A Santa Rosa branding agency, The Engine Is Red, created the LoveLakeCounty.org website, which is a curated list of groups handling donations for the Valley Fire. They're updating and verifying information about submitted organizations throughout the day.

The Wine Country Animal Lovers is helping to coordinate donations for pets in the Valley Fire.

Butte Fire

The Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort says it's accepting items for evacuees. These items include shampoos, tents, pet products and more. Check their Facebook Page for a list. It's best to give them a call on a day-to-day basis to see what they need: (800) 822-9466

From the American Red Cross of Sierra-Delta Facebook page: The Refuge Church at 642 Murphys Grade Road in Angels Camp is accepting gift cards donations. They are stressing that the biggest need is gift cards and not other items. Call first to ask what they need (209) 736-2035. 

Burson Full Gospel Church is collecting donations and seeking volunteers. Check their Facebook page to learn about their needs.

The Amador County Animal Response Team is always looking for donations to help it respond to emergency situations such as the Butte Fire. 

The Resources Connection/Food Bank In Calaveras County is providing assistance to those affected by the Butte Fire. To donate, call (209) 754-1257 or visit the group's website.

Calaveras County says donations may be made to the Salvation Army or Resource Connection/Food Bank. More info here.

Residents affected by the Butte Fire have been sharing this Google Spreadsheet on social media. It's a robust list of volunteer locations, donation needs and groups to contact for missing/found animals.

Cal Fire says support and donations should go to residents and local community groups assisting those impacted by the blaze. 

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Capital Public Radio Staff contributed to this report.

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