How to Help the Victims of the River Fire, Dixie California


A firefighter battles the Dixie blaze as it tears apart the community of Greenville in Plumas County, Calif. On Wednesday, August 4, 2021. The blaze razed several historic buildings and dozens of homes in downtown Greenville . (AP Photo / Noah Berger)


Two large wildfires in northern California have destroyed dozens of buildings and displaced thousands of their homes, but there are ways to provide them with much-needed help.

Dixie fire

The Dixie fire spread to Butte and Plumas counties. As of Thursday morning, the blaze spanned 322,502 acres and was 35% contained, The Sacramento Bee reported.

He burned down 67 structures, including leveling parts of Greenville, a small Gold Rush-era community in the mountains of northern California.

River fire

The river fire that swept through a neighborhood near Colfax burned about 2,400 acres and was 0% contained as of Thursday morning, as Cal Fire crews worked to eradicate outbreaks from several of the homes destroyed by the blaze .

At least 40 homes have been destroyed and 20 others damaged, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. More than 5,000 residents remained under evacuation orders Thursday morning in Placer and Nevada counties.

How to help

Those who want to help can:

  • Make a unique contribution to the Red Cross or become a volunteer.
  • Donate directly to the California Community Foundation’s Wildfire Relief Fund or the California Fire Foundation, which provides $ 250 gift cards to victims to help them purchase basic necessities.

  • Donate to the Latino Community Foundation’s Wildfire Relief Fund to provide support to Latin American organizations helping Latin American and immigrant families affected by wildfires.

  • Shop for essentials like diapers, wipes, portable cribs, blankets and cleaning supplies to donate to Baby2Baby. You can either donate or go to the organization’s Amazon registry.

  • Offer free space to people displaced by forest fires through Airbnb’s Open Homes program.

  • Make a one-time or monthly contribution to the World Central Kitchen Rescue Team to provide meals to rescuers and those affected by wildfires in northern California.

  • Donate to Red Rover, a network of shelters designed for animals during national disasters.

It’s important to note that used items and clothing aren’t necessarily going to help.

After a few days, your donations, along with everyone else’s, will become a huge pile. Then aid workers and local governments must sort through whatever is useful.

Unfortunately, much of it will end up being transported to the local landfill.

A local assistance center for residents of Plumas County opened Thursday morning “to help residents obtain resources and support for their recovery process,” according to the California governor’s office of emergency services. It is located at 1446 E. Main Street in Quincy.

Collective shelter is also available at Bear River High School at 11130 Magnolia Road in Grass Valley, a temporary evacuation point at Nevada Union High School at 11761 Ridge Road in Grass Valley, an evacuation center at Auburn Veterans Memorial Hall at 100 East Street in Auburn and an animal shelter at Nevada County Fairgrounds at 11228 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley.

The Red Cross also operates an evacuation center in the regional park at 3770 Richardson Drive in Auburn, said Nelson Resendes, spokesperson for the Placer County Sheriff’s Office.

Brooke is originally from the Pacific Northwest and most recently worked for KREM 2 News in Spokane, Washington as a digital and TV producer. She also worked as a general assignment reporter for the Coeur d’Alene Press in Idaho. She is an alumnus of Washington State University, where she received a degree in journalism and media production from the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication.

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