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A dangerous wildfire continues to burn near the city of Redding, CA in Shasta County. The Carr Fire, which began to spread on July 23rd during an intense heat wave, has scorched thousands of acres and is 93% percent contained. There have been multiple fatalities - including firefighters. 1,080 homes and other structures have burned and another 1,223 are threatened.
The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services will transition efforts to assistance centers for the Carr Fire in the Redding area and the Mendocino Complex Fire in Lake County.
In addition to providing emotional and spiritual care, The Salvation Army teams has served over 20,000 meals to evacuees and first responders since July 27th. The teams continue to monitor the situation and will place personnel where they are most needed.
During a disaster relief operation, The Salvation Army's first aim is to meet the basic needs of those affected.
Support our relief efforts. 100% of your donation goes toward our wildfire relief!
Checks may be made out to The Salvation Army, designated “Carr Fire,” and mailed to:
The Salvation Army
PO Box 348000
Sacramento, CA 95834
Our first day of service at Shasta College.
The Mendocino Complex Fires began on Wednesday, July 27 – a combination of both the Ranch and River Fires in Colusa, Lake, and Mendocino Counties. So far, this fire has reached over 290,000 acres making it the largest California fire to date. As of now, the River Fire is 78% contained and the Ranch Fire is 20% contained according to Cal Fire. We also have teams serving evacuees and first responders at the Mendocino Complex Fires. If you would like to make a gift toward our relief efforts in this particular location, please click here to make your gift. Thank you.
"Stay strong, Shasta County and Redding." - Gave $100
"We know that every dime that we donate through the Salvation Army, goes directly to the situation in need. We also know that every single fire fighter and all of the others are risking their lives to help. This is the way we can help. God bless all of you. You are in our prayers... from Tumwater, Washington." - Gave $1,200
"We have friends in Shasta County who have told us of the strong support they have received from The Salvation Army. Thank you." - Gave $500
"Three-year-old Emily cleared out her piggy bank to donate." - Gave $20
"I was evacuated, but my home was safe and we have returned. My heart and prayers go out to those who have lost their homes or whose homes were damaged. Hopefully those people have their faith in God as he will walk with them through this tragedy." - Gave $100
"God bless you all. We hope this will be a tangible way showing our love." - Gave $50
"I would like to do all I can to help the victims of these horrific wildfires. These people need all the help we can give. May God Bless and keep you all safe." - Gave $100
"Northern Californian who now lives in Denver, but has family and friends throughout Shasta and Lake Counties. Prayers for strength and support to everyone impacted and for cooler weather to give the weary responders a much-needed break. Truly sorry for the families of those who have perished." - Gave $250
Creative Excursion is committed to supporting local organizations during their time of need. For the entire month of August, Creative Excursion will donate 10% of all proceeds to The Salvation Army towards wildfire relief efforts in the Redding area. To learn more, visit CreativeExcursion.com.
The Salvation Army helps meet the needs of disaster survivors in a variety of ways.
As one of the nation's major emergency relief organizations, The Salvation Army recognizes the critical importance of being prepared for natural and manmade disasters. Therefore, we take steps to ensure our own ability to respond quickly and efficiently to a disaster, while also working to educate other disaster professionals and the public at large about how to prepare for and respond to emergency situations.
Immediate Emergency Response
Emergency response services are activated on short notice according to an agreed-upon notification procedure coordinated with federal, state and local governments. Typically, Salvation Army personnel and resources will congregate at predetermined staging areas, entering the impacted area only once government first-responders have indicated that it is safe and constructive to do so. These immediate response activities include food and hydration services, shelter, cleanup and emergency communication assistance to put victims in touch with their loved ones.
Long-Term Disaster Recovery
Depending on the magnitude of the disaster, The Salvation Army may continue providing immediate response services, such as emergency shelter and food service, well into the recovery process. Additionally, The Salvation Army will often coordinate with local, state and federal entities to develop and execute long-term strategic disaster recovery plans. These activities include restoration and rebuilding initiatives, disaster social services (to address essential living needs, medical expenses or funeral costs) and in-kind donation distribution to disaster victims.
Spiritual and Emotional Care
Throughout the duration and aftermath of a major disaster, The Salvation Army provides spiritual comfort and emotional support upon request to victims and emergency workers coping with the stress of a catastrophe. Salvation Army counselors, who are often ordained as clergy (officers), may simply offer a "ministry of presence," but often people who know about The Salvation Army as representatives of God may ask for prayer or help from the Bible. Disaster relief and recovery services are provided to all in need without discrimination.