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Five Ways to Help Those Impacted by (or Victims of) the Camp Fire

Here's how you can assist those affected by California's deadliest and most destructive wildfire.


Satellite view of the wildfires in Paradise. Photo by El Roce/Shutterstock

The Camp Fire in Butte County was the deadliest and most destructive in California’s history. According to Cal Fire, the blaze destroyed nearly 18,800 structures, including thousands of homes, mostly in and around Paradise, a community of 27,000 that was completely destroyed. Though the fire is now fully contained, tens of thousands of residents remain displaced, hundreds are still listed as missing, and the death toll continues to climb. People from across the country have stepped in to help those affected, and if you also want to lend a helping hand, here’s what you can do.






Donate Money

Make a financial contribution to these trusted organizations that are assisting those impacted by the Camp Fire:


American Red Cross

Butte County Office of Education

California Community Foundation Wildfire Relief Fund

Caring Choices

North Valley Animal Disaster Group

North Valley Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund

Rotary District 5190 Emergency Fire Relief

The Salvation Army

United Policy Holders

United Way of Northern California


Donate Items

At this time, many shelters are no longer accepting used clothing or material donations, as they are still distributing the large amount they have already received. Instead, they are asking for VISA gift cards and/or gift cards to department stores, grocery stores, restaurants, and gas stations. Make sure to contact each place in advance to verify drop-off times and needs.


East Avenue Church, 1184 East Ave., Chico

Evangelical Free Church of Chico, 1193 Filbert Ave., Chico

Glenn County Fairgrounds, 221 East Yolo St., Orland

Hope Center, 2850 Feather River Blvd., Oroville

Neighborhood Church, 2801 Notre Dame Blvd., Chico

Yuba-Sutter Fairground, 442 Franklin Ave., Yuba City


Donate Your Home

Airbnb is looking for people to provide free housing for those displaced by the fires. Sign up here if you’re interested in being a host.

You can also check out the Paradise Fire Adopt a Family Facebook page to see who is in need housing.


Donate Your Time

Whether it’s driving up to the fire site to offer services or distribute items, or helping remotely by filing insurance claims or providing counseling services, there are numerous ways to provide assistance.

The Hope Center in Oroville is seeking volunteers to help organize and distribute the generous donations it has received. Sign up for a shift online, or call the toll-free hotline to get more information: 1-833-OROHOPE (1-833-676-4673).

Chico’s Caring Choices has received thousands of applications from people interested in volunteering, so right now, the organization is only accepting applications from California State employees (ATO available) and licensed medical personnel. If you meet these qualifications and would like to submit a volunteer application, do so here.

You can also volunteer with the Salvation Army or the American Red Cross by signing up on their websites.


Give Back by Going Out

The East Bay community is also raising funds. Here are a few places where you can dine, drink, and enjoy a night on the town while helping those impacted by the fire. 

San Ramon's new City Center Bishop Ranch will throw a Progressive Fashion Party on Friday, December 7, with select stores serving light bites and refreshments and hosting activities and raffle drawings for featured items. A portion of the sales raised during the event will benefit Red Cross fire relief efforts.

On Monday, December 10, Revival Bar and Kitchen in Berkeley is hosting a benefit latke dinner from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. Tickets cost $25 and include latkes and live entertainment. Wine, beer, craft cocktails, and homemade chai will be available as well. All the proceeds will go to the North Valley Community Foundation’s Camp Fire Relief fund. 


If you know of additional places accepting donations or help, please email us at editorial@maildiablo.com.


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