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As of Wednesday morning, the Creek Fire fire has burned 212,744 acres. It remains 10% contained.

Cal Fire already ranked the fire among the 20 biggest wildland fires dating to the 1930s. More than 45,000 people have been evacuated across Fresno and Madera counties, with more under evacuation watches as the fire grows.

Because of COVID-19, relief workers are taking extra precautions to avoid settings which can potentially spread the coronavirus. For example, evacuees are increasingly being housed in hotel rooms, not shelters.

Cal Fire asks the public to first check with the donation location before dropping off donations, especially food, as they can unintentionally overwhelm relief locations.

Here are ways you can immediately help.

Donate cash

Financial donations of cash are the most direct way to help relief workers meet the needs of evacuees and first-responders.

  • Make a $10 cash donation to the Red Cross by texting CAWILDFIRES to 90999 or visit redcross.org/donate/donation.html.

  • Make monetary donations at ccadt.org/donate to the Central California Animal Disaster Team for the care of the pets and small animals owned by evacuees.

  • Donate at ccfoodbank.org to the Central California Community Food Bank to help feed fire evacuees.

  • Donate at gf.me/u/yxm338 through PINC (Philanthropy Inspired by the Needs of our Community) Fresno which is organizing monetary donations for the Shaver Lake Fire Department, whose rescue equipment was damaged in the fire. They are also hosting a drive thru dinner on September 26 with pick up between 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Peacock Market in Clovis. Tickets can be purchased here.

  • Donate at fresnosikhs.org/donations/ to The Sikh Institute of Fresno’s Creek Fire Relief drive.

Donate gift cards

  • Drop off gift cards from Target, Walmart, Costco or Old Navy at the donation box at the front reception desk of the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools, located at 1111 Van Ness Ave., Fresno (indicate the amount on the card and the school district you want to receive the gift card).

  • Drop off $25 gift cards from Target, Walmart or gas stations and items for first-responders and evacuees at the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Fresno, located at 2672 E. Alluvial Ave., Fresno.

  • Drop off gift cards to Walmart, gas stations, or fast food restaurants to The Well Church, North Campus, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, located at 2044 E. Nees Ave., Fresno.

Donate supplies

  • Drop off donations at the tent at Fresno Acura, 7250 N Palm Ave, Fresno. Please donate wire cages for cats and dogs, unused blankets and pillows, hay, dog and cat food, kitty litter, pajamas of all sizes and socks of all sizes. Also, monetary donations can be made to ellena-woodhams via Venmo.

  • Fresno volunteer Yasmin Mendoza is organizing supply drives for first-responders and evacuees. For more information, visit her Instagram page at @fresyasss.

  • Drop off toiletries items at Roosevelt High School at 4250 E. Tulare Ave, Fresno, CA between Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • Drop off water, food, toiletries and adult socks at Honey Hair at 1365 N. Willow Ave. Suite 140, Clovis for first-responders.

  • Donate personal hygiene products through Better Period, a Fresno-based organization. For more information, email infobetter.period@gmail.com or visit their Amazon wish list on their Instagram account at @better.period.

  • Donate new clothing now until Sept. 18 from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. at any of the two no-contact drop-off sites located at 2320 E. Holland Ave. Fresno, and 515 W. Antonio Dr. Clovis.

Support local efforts

  • Buy a Sierra National Forest/Fresno Strong flag from Oso Y Que and all of the proceeds will go toward Red Cross Creek Fire relief efforts.

  • Purchase a “Land that I love” or “Sierra National Forest” T-shirt from the local Fresno brand KLSD and they will donate all proceeds to families impacted by the Creek Fire.

  • Buy from Fresno Street Eats food truck pop-ups through Sept. 13 to support Creek Fire relief efforts. They will donate a portion of all sales. For locations, visit shor.by/fresnostreeteats.

  • Buy from Two Cities Coffee Roasters, located at 608 4th St., Clovis, through Sept. 12 for Creek Fire relief. They will donate a portion of their sales.

  • Donate $25 or more and get 20% off your purchases at Behr Laser & Skin Care Center, 1125 E. Spruce Ave. Suite 207, Fresno. Those who donate less than $25 receive 10% off.


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