Here’s How You Can Help the Victims of the Valley Fire

Thousands of residents have been forced to evacuate their homes in the wake of the blaze

Finally, some good news out of Northern California: The Valley Fire, a blaze that has been ravaging the Lake County area since around 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 12, has been 40 percent contained as of this morning. The inferno swallowed approximately 70,000 acres of land over the course of five days, making it the state’s most destructive fire of the year to date. Within hours of sparking, the flames had consumed approximately 585 homes and businesses, but the number could climb as high as 1,000. As a result, more than 17,000 residents in the area have been displaced. Here are some of the various organizations accepting donations on behalf of the victims:

American Red Cross
Visit the Web Site and submit donations under “Western Wildfires.”

Redwood Credit Union
Donate online, or make checks payable to RCU Lake County Fire Victims Fund. They can be sent to Redwood Credit Union, P.O. Box 6104, Santa Rosa, CA 95406.

Tri Counties Bank
Two of the bank’s branches have already gifted $10,000 to the cause, but they are also accepting donations.

California Cadet Academy
The residential summer camp for high schoolers looking to become fire fighters, police officers, and EMTs has started fundraising campaign.

Love Lake County
Visit the site for a comprehensive list of businesses, individuals, and nonprofits accepting donations, volunteer work, and direct cash funding.

Wine Country Animal Lovers
The organization is accepting donations for lost or displaced pets. Funds can be mailed to P.O. Box 3, Calistoga, CA, 94515.