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Wildfire Relief Organizations in Nevada and Northern California

Community Foundation Researches and Recommends California and Nevada Wildfire Relief Organizations.

In light of the recent wildfires devastating parts of northern California and northern Nevada, Program Officer Lauren Renda has determined those organizations that are addressing the most pressing needs in the most effective way. The consensus is that monetary donations are most needed at this time. It is advised that you call food banks or other organizations prior to making donations of food or clothing to see if these items are needed.

Community Foundation of Western Nevada official recommendations of nonprofit disaster and fire relief  organizations are listed below. Please feel free to share with those looking for ways to help.

Perry Fire near Pyramid Lake

  • The American Red Cross, Northern Nevada Chapter: Disaster Relief Fund
  • The Red Cross has established an evacuation center for people and livestock at the Ironwood Event Center at 5600 Whiskey Springs Road, and continue to provide round-the-clock shelter, meals, comfort kits, reunification services, mental health and spiritual care, along with childcare support among other services for the victims of this fire as well as others impacted by several additional fires burning across the state
  • Donations can be designated to the northern Nevada area by going online to> donate funds -> Disaster Relief
  • $30 covers the cost of a clean-up kit and comfort supplies for a family of four. These supplies are stored and ready for distribution nationwide. Each clean-up kit includes a sectional handle with mop, broom, squeegee and push broom heads, pail, scrub brush, sponge, disinfectant, detergent/degreaser, bleach, trash bags, gloves and dust mask. Comfort kits personal hygiene items.
  • $1,000 provides food and shelter for a family of four for five days.  This service includes providing breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the costs to mobilize and distribute a cot, two blankets, and a comfort kit as well as the costs of Red Cross workers to provide this support.
  • $1,650 covers the cost to deploy a Red Cross Volunteer to an operation. This includes travel, transportation, lodging, food and vital support systems like our Volunteer Connection portal. The average length of a disaster deployment is 11 days.
  • $7,500 is the average cost of fully stocking Emergency Response Vehicles (ERV) with needed supplies for three days. This service includes providing lunch, dinner, and snacks, the travel costs to deploy two staff members to operate the ERV and vehicle maintenance and fuel costs.

Carr Fire- Redding, CA

  • Shasta Community Regional Foundation: accepting donations toward its Community Disaster Relief Fund
  • Donations will be directed for relief efforts for the active Carr Fire that began west of the Redding area on July 23, 2018
  • 100% of donations (excluding online credit card processing fees) will go to Carr Fire recovery efforts for short-term & long-term support:
  • The American Red Cross: assisting fire evacuees through Red Cross Disaster Relief
  • The Red Cross has already mobilized 1,800 disaster responders (almost all of which are volunteers) to California Wildfire operations. These critical services are all made possible by supporting Red Cross Disaster Relief
  • Donations can be made online at, or by calling 800-RED-CROSS or texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation, billed to your wireless carrier fund
  • United Way of Northern California: accepting donations for its Shasta County Fire Relief Fund
  • All proceeds will benefit victims of the Carr Fire
  • Donate to the United Way Shasta County Fire Relief Fund online at or by texting CARRFIRE to 91999, which will text you back with options for giving