Since it was ignited on July 23, 2018, the Carr Fire has scorched over 120,000 acres, destroyed 1,000 homes, and killed six people – including two firefighters. The fire has left widespread devastation in the city of Redding and surrounding areas, leading to mass evacuations and displacement. The California Fire Foundation immediately sent over 800 cards to Redding at the height of the disaster, and worked with local firefighters and assistance centers to distribute the cards where they were needed most.
North Bay Fires
On October 9, 2017, firefighters began battling multiple devastating wildfires across the Napa and Sonoma region. Unfortunately, the tragic North Bay Fires have become the deadliest fire incident in state history, with dozens of lives lost, hundreds of thousands of acres burned, and thousands of homes destroyed. The California Fire Foundation provided over 2,300 cards to victims of the North Bay Fires, which is over $230,000 in direct, immediate financial aid.
Southern California Fires
In early December 2017, multiple devastating fires broke out across the Southern California region in Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Diego , and Los Angeles Counties. The Thomas Fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties quickly became the largest wildfire in modern California history. These fires destroyed hundreds of structures and damaged hundreds more.
Through Ventura County Fire Department, Ventura County Professional Firefighters Local 1364, Ventura City Fire Department, Ventura City Firefighters Local 3431, Los Angeles City Fire Department, United Firefighters of Los Angeles City Local 112, Los Angeles County Fire Department, Los Angeles County Firefighters Local 1014, Vista Fire Department, Vista Fire Fighters Local 4107, North County Fire Protection District, and Fallbrook Firefighters Association, the California Fire Foundation provided hundreds of SAVE cards to victims of the fires.
The Erskine Fire in Kern County started on June 23, 2016 and became one of the most destructive fires in state history, destroying more than 280 homes and claiming 2 lives. Through Kern County Fire Department and Kern County Fire Fighters Local 1301, the California Fire Foundation provided 120 SAVE cards to victims of the fire.