How to Help the Victims of the California Fires

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The California fires have been destructive, with the Camp Fire blanketing Northern California the most deadly in the state’s history. A total of 48 people have died, 117,000 acres have burned and more than 6,700 structures have been destroyed in this and other fires, including the Woolsley fire, which broke out near Simi Valley and spread across Los Angeles and Ventura counties, including Malibu.


Here’s how to help the California fire victims:

Donate a Room
Airbnb launched a webpage where you can donate a spare room to a fire evacuee or rescue worker, and you can provide a free place to stay.

Support Animal Shelters
Donations to the Los Angeles County Animal Care Foundation support various shelters’ relief efforts.

Donate Money
There are many places in need of financial support. Please reach out to the United Way Disaster Relief Fund, the Ventura County Community Foundation and the American Red Cross.

Salvation Army
If you’re not in a position to donate money, you can donate non-perishable food items to the Salvation Army Ventura Corps, which is providing food and shelter to victims and first responders.

Fire Relief Funds
The California Community Foundation’s Wildfire Relief Fund supports intermediate and long-term recovery efforts for major California wildfires, as well as preparedness efforts. The California Fire Foundation’s Supplying Aid to Victims of Emergency (SAVE) program is also providing emergency financial assistance to fire victims.

This story was originally written by and reported on by Barbara Scofidio on It was edited for