Updated Saturday, December 1 at 2:08 p.m.
The Camp Fire in Butte County, which is now 100 percent contained, is the deadliest wildfire in modern California history. The blaze killed at least 88 people, with more than 200 still unaccounted for. Cal Fire estimates the fire destroyed more than 15,800 structures, including thousands of single residences, mainly in and around Paradise, a town of 27,000 in the Sierra foothills east of Chico.
CaliforniaVolunteers, the state agency that oversees and encourages volunteer efforts across California, says financial contributions are the best way to help people in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. The organization "strongly encourages donors to carefully research charitable organizations prior to donating to ensure that their donated funds will have the desired result."
These are some of the organizations that are currently accepting monetary donations:
- North Valley Community Foundation: 530-366-0397
- Butte County Office of Education: 530-532-5720
- Caring Choices: 530-899-3873
- American Red Cross: 1-800-733-27677 or text REDCROSS to 90999
- The Salvation Army: 1-800-725-2769
- United Way of Northern California: To donate, text BUTTEFIRE to 91999
- Go Fund Me: Click here to donate
- North Valley Animal Disaster Group: donate here
The state Attorney General's office has information and tips on avoiding disaster-related charity scams.
Attorney General Xavier Becerra has also encouraged people to report any observed price gouging: