California Wildfires - How to Help

California Wildfires: Helpful Resources & How You Can Help

Bass Lake at Yosemite is currently closed due to the devastating California wildfires. Although our Resort has not been damaged at this time, the safety of guests and employees is our number one priority and we will remain closed until it is safe to reopen. Refunds will be processed as soon as our office ladies can come back to work. Thank you for your patience.

California Wildfires: Helpful Resources & How You Can Help

This year has been difficult for many. In California alone, record-breaking wildfires have destroyed more than 2 million acres, and countless citizens have been forced to evacuate their homes. Meanwhile, firefighters and other first responders are risking their safety day and night to save lives and minimize damage. To all of the first responders out there, thank you for your tremendous courage and sacrifice!!

Friends, if you are sitting at home watching the scene unfold on the news and feeling helpless, you are not alone. Luckily, there are many resources available for those who want to help others during this time of need. Listed below are few resources and places you can donate.

Information – To stay updated on new and important information consider using these sources, as they will be more reputable than most.

  • Fire.ca.gov– This website, CAL FIRE, will give an overview of the fire with a map. This site also shows a list of all active incidents.
  • Airnow.gov – This website is best to use if you are located in the area and want to see what the air quality is like where you are.
  • Readyforwildlife.org – This is another branch of CAL FIRE with all aspects of updated information, including evacuation steps and links to get text messages when there are incidents near you.
  • Ready.gov/wildfires – Lastly, this website has general information on wildfires and how to prepare/ stay safe during a wildfire.

How and Where to Donate

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy at disasterphilanthropy.org is a great place to fill your donation. Proceeds go to the 2020 North American Wildfire Season, so they will help fund relief efforts for fires in California, Colorado, other major U.S. cities, and Canada. However, you can also choose to donate solely to the fires in California, through the link titled California Wildfires Recovery Fund.

Other reputable websites for donations include:

  • American Red Cross Disaster Relief at www.redcross.org- the Red Cross is also actively looking for volunteers to join the relief efforts, if your schedule permits.
  • California Fire Foundation at www.cafirefoundation.org
  • California Community Foundation (calfund.org)

There are also food banks located throughout the State that are always accepting donations. Remember, there are many people without basic essentials right now.

Animal Rescue

If you are interested in helping animals and pets that have been displaced by these wildfires, there are plenty of ways to do so. Donations to The Linda Blair WorldHeart Foundation at lindablairworldheart.org helps dogs specifically. The ASPCA also has a team of professionals that have set out to rescue all species of animals. The ASPCA is always accepting donations, and you can also adopt a pet or help fundraise through their website, aspca.org.

If you are a pet owner that has been affected by the fires or you are looking to adopt your new best friend, redrover.org is full of resources such as addresses for animal shelters near you.

There is never a donation too small, and any donation you place will make a difference in someone’s (or some animal’s) life. If money is not option, giving your time or offering food such as cans you have sitting in your pantry is just as helpful!

Our heart goes out to everyone affected by these devastating wildfires. We hope to see you all soon when we reopen. Stay safe out there! Please feel free to comment below and include links to other resources and Wildfire relief efforts.

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