Support for the community.
See here for information from Rep. Julia Brownley’s office on assistance, fire information, evacuation shelters, replacing important documents, etc.
(Information below from a variety of online newspapers.)
Thomas Fire Fund
- The United Way of Ventura County, American Red Cross of Ventura County, and the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services have teamed up to create the Thomas Fire Fund.
- Text UWVC to 41444 to make a cash donation, call 805-485-6288, or go online to United Way of Ventura County’s website.
- Checks with “Thomas Fire Fund” in the memo line can be mailed to 702 County Square Drive, Suite 100 Ventura, CA 93003.
The Salvation Army
- The Salvation Army is accepting food and water at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.
- You can donate cash by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or visiting the website.
The Red Cross
- The Red Cross of Los Angeles will update its social media accounts with information about volunteer opportunities.
- Make a cash donation on redcrossla.org or over the phone by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS.
The Humane Society of Ventura County
- The Humane Society of Ventura County has taken in over 100 animals.
- Drop off any of the following items at 402 Bryant St. in Ojai: Alfalfa hay, Timothy hay, cat chow, rabbit food, flashlights, headlamps, lanterns, water troughs, bottled water, fruit, snacks, hoses, and power generators.
- Donate food and water for volunteers, or make a cash donation on HSVC’s website.
Los Angeles County Animal Care Foundation
- Donate to Noah’s Legacy Fund, which provides supplies, training, and equipment to first responders charged with rescuing animals from areas stricken by natural disasters.
- Mail donations to P.O. Box 100515, Pasadena, CA 91189-0515 or through the LACACF website.
- Dozens of families who’ve already lost their homes have turned to GoFundMe for donations.
- Here is a list of all the verified campaigns.
- Santa Barbara-based organization Direct Relief is donating 100% of designated funds to victims of the wildfires.
- Donate money for supplies online and make sure you direct your donation to ” Southern California Wildfires.”
- Catholic Charities is accepting donations of gently used clothing as well as new toys and clothing to be given as Christmas gifts to families displaced by the fires. Donations can be dropped off at Catholic Charities’ Ventura Community Services Center at 303 N. Ventura Ave. Ventura, CA 93001.The charity has also established a special fund to help offset the cost of home repairs. Donations can be made to the Catholic Charities website.
- YouCaring, an online crowd-funding platform, has created a landing page with all of its campaigns for Southern California wildfire relief.
CCF Wildfire Relief Fund
- The CCF Wildfire Relief Fund supports intermediate and long-term recovery efforts for major California wildfires, as well as preparedness efforts.
Advice for fire victims
(1) Contact your insurance companies. Most will cover hotel stays, apart from the usual coverage.
(2) Call your credit card companies and have the last 3-6 months of your purchases reimbursed back (get a police report that testifies you are a fire victim).
(3) If you are renting and are a minor, your parents’ home insurance may cover your belongings.
(4) Call your chain retail stores and see what they can offer to fire victims.
The Sacramento Bee contributed to this report.
Dear Friends, what to say? This disastrous fire has turned our vibrant town into a scorched and smoke filled maelstrom. The Ventura Hills and Upper Ojai have been decimated. We all know multiple people who have lost their homes and wonder how much more terrible news we can take. Most of us are well aware of the wildfire danger and have lived through it before but it is always a shock at how quickly a wind driven fire can move.
Fortunately, last night and through much of today mother nature graced us with break from the strong winds. We also are grateful to have thousands of the best trained firefighters in the world doing what they do best.
Nonetheless, the winds are predicted to increase overnight and the fire has circled around for another attack from the north. So we all prepare for the worst and hope for the best.
Politics aside for a moment to provide you some of the most useful resources:
- Ready Ventura
- @VCFD_PIO on Twitter
- Cal Fire – Thomas Fire incident information
- Thomas Fire Updates (12/13/2017 archive copy)
- https://www.reddit.com/live/10265loy4lycg/ – Ventura County Fire Live Feed
- Live map from National Interagency Fire Center
- ARCGIS – US Wildfire Activity Web Map
- https://firemap.sdsc.edu/ – WIFIRE (shows fire and smoke)
- Google Maps Fire Viewer
- Interactive Map: Southern California Wildfires – also can show air quality overlay
Stay safe tonight and take care of each other… This darkness will pass and we will all come together to rebuild what has been lost.