California’s wildfires have continued to tear through both ends of the state, leaving many homeless and lost. As a Southern California based company, there isn’t a day that passes that we don’t see the smoke or ash in the sky. Our family and friends are firefighters and hotshots and we have to hug them goodbye when they get called to help.
California Wildfire Facts
The Camp Fire is located in Butte County, California and as of 11/21/18 has burned 151,373 acres. It it 70% contained and has already burned over 14,000 structures and claimed at least 81 lives, making it the deadliest fire in California history.
The Woolsey Fire as of 11/21/18 is 98% contained, and has burned over 96,000 acres in Los Angeles and Ventura County. It has claimed the lives of 3 people and ruined at least 1,500 structures.
How Spokeo is Helping California Wildfire Families
Recently, we have been humbled to learn that our own customers used Spokeo to ensure their friends were safe in the Woolsey Fire.
Norman from California said, “Thank you for helping me find my 80 year old cousin who was evacuated from the Paradise, CA fire. She is safe!”
Eileen in Nevada told us, “No problems in accomplishing what I wished for. I was trying to locate a friend who lost his home in the Paradise, CA fire. I wanted to make sure he got out all right. Though his phone was out, I was able to locate and communicate with his other family members.”
We have set up an office fundraiser to collect money for those affected by the fires. We will donate what is collected to The CCF Wildfire Relief Fund to support their continuous efforts of rehabilitating and caring for those in need.
If you are a non-profit organization, we want to help you with your research. Please go to community.spokeo.com and apply for a grant. All you have to do is fill out our application with your EIN and organization information. Our Community Team will process your application and help get you started!
How You Can Help California Wildfire Families
Complications with distributing used clothing and perishable food takes time away from helping those in need. Instead, monetary donations are preferred. Below is a list of organizations collecting money to help those affected by the fires:.
The California Community Foundation (CCF) is waiving all fees on gifts to the Wildfire Relief fund, ensuring that 100% of donations go to organizations making a difference in communities. CCF helps those who have been displaced, those who have suffered mental health problems, provide financial assistance, and much more to those who have been affected by these wildfires.
You can call 1- 800-RED CROSS or text the word CAWILDFIRES to 90999 to donate $10. The money helps provide immediate support to those experiencing a disaster.
This foundation is accepting money to support and protect the firefighters and first responders working to contain the fire, identify remains, and save lives.
The Humane Society is on the ground in Butte County helping provide local support for displaced, evacuated and rescued animals.
AirBnB has a portal dedicated to connect first responders and those displaced by the fires with hosts who have homes in the area. This allows for free accomodations with the safety and rest that those affected desperately need.
*Spokeo is not endorsing any of these organizations. You should perform your own due diligence before giving money to any organization.
The fires may be over soon, but the effects will last for years to come. Consider donating your time and money on a continuous basis to help those in need.