The California fire season should be winding down by autumn, but it's alive and well. The Camp Fire largely turned Paradise — a town of over 26,000 — to ash while burning fleeing victims alive in their cars. On the other side of the state, in palm tree-laden Malibu, the city posted an urgent, ominous message on Nov. 9 as the Woosley Fire approached:
"Fire is burning out of control, heading into populated areas of Malibu. All residents evacuate now."
These late-season fall fires — stoked by weather but enhanced by global warming — have taken at least 23 lives. Below are three reputable, vetted ways to help those who have fled or are combating the nation's latest environmental catastrophe.
— LA County Sheriff's (@LASDHQ) November 10, 2018
1. Donate to reputable charities
Charity Navigator, an organization that evaluates charity programs in the U.S., has provided a list of recommended places to donate. They note that these charities "are confirmed to be working to provide relief to the individuals and communities affected by these devastating fires in Southern and Northern California."
2. Donate to firefighter charities
The California Fire Foundation provides "financial assistance to families of fallen firefighters, firefighters and the communities they protect."
Thousands of firefighters are bravely battling 3 wildfires and getting people to safety. Help support them and donate to @CAFireFound at https://t.co/4R076dUR0V #CampFire #HillFire… https://t.co/y4OfXtqtAA
— Drea de Matteo (@dreadematteo) November 10, 2018
One of the foundation's programs, Supplying Aid to Victims of Emergency (SAVE), is particularly relevant: It provides emergency, short-term financial assistance.
For a direct, local impact, the Los Angeles Fire Department foundation is asking for donations to provide hydration backpacks to LAFD firefighters currently battling large flames in Southern California.
EMERGENCY UPDATE: @LAFDFoundation needs your help. We’re requesting donations at https://t.co/1G3X567piv to provide hydration backpacks for @LAFD firefighters working tirelessly to contain the fires across Southern California. Any amount of money you can spare makes a difference. https://t.co/FOsQZBBO68
— LAFD Foundation (@LAFDFoundation) November 10, 2018
Donations can be made directly here.
3. Donate to a GoFundMe Campaign
GoFundMe has created a central web page hub for helping those impacted by the California wildfires.
UPDATE: Nov. 12, 2018, 2:02 p.m. PST This story has been updated to include new organizations featured by Charity Navigator.