We sincerely hope you are staying safe from the fires. It is a challenging time for Northern California in so many ways, and it's heartbreaking to see the devastation and further challenges brought on by the CZU Lightning Complex and SCU Lightning Complex fires. We are keeping those in our neighboring communities who have been affected and continue to be affected by these fires in our thoughts each day. We are incredibly grateful for the first responders fighting to keep our communities safe. And we are also grateful and amazed to see Los Gatos businesses and residents eager and willing to step up and provide assistance to those who have been displaced or lost their homes.
Information has been changing quickly, and we know it is sometimes difficult to find up-to-date reports on the situation. We'd like to provide you with some resources, as well as provide you with donation opportunities.
First, the CAL FIRE CZU and CAL FIRE SCU Twitter pages provide excellent, constantly updated information:Resources:Sign up for Emergency Alerts:CAL FIRE:
Evacuation MapsCounty of Santa Clara Emergency Management - Community information, updates and resourcesCounty of Santa Cruz
CZU Lightning Complex Fire - Santa Cruz/ San Mateo Counties
SCU Lightning Complex Fire - Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Joaquin County and Stanislaus Counties
List of hotels offering discounts to evacuees - Santa Cruz and San Jose areasRed Cross: provides support to counties and residents affected by lightning-caused firesEvacuation Readiness:Animal Resources: Covers all fire areas
Visit Santa Cruz - Lodging information, road closures, resources, evacuation orders and more
County of Santa Cruz Fire Resources - CZU August Lightning Complex Fires Information and Resources
Silicon Valley Community Foundation has established a fund to support community-based organizations in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties who are working directly with individuals and families impacted by the fires: https://www.siliconvalleycf.org/san-mateo-santa-clara-fire-relief.
- Food donations can be made to your local food banks.
- Donations of household goods can be made to the normal agencies or organizations that accept these goods.
Please do not drop off donations to evacuation sites or Fire Base Camps. These sites have sufficient resources at this time.
Red Cross: The Red Cross depends on financial donations to be able to provide disaster relief immediately. You can help people affected by wildfires by making a gift to Red Cross Disaster Relief. Visit redcross.org, call 800-RED-CROSS, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. If you'd like to specifically help those affected by the California wildfires, please write “California Wildfires” in the memo line of a check and mail it to: 2731 North 1st St., San Jose, CA 95134 with a completed donation form.
CZU Complex Fire:
Please bring all donations to:
- Santa Cruz County Warehouse, 1082 Emeline, Santa Cruz. Warehouse open 8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily through September 1.
- South County Donation Site, 114 Walker St., Watsonville. Site open 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday-Friday.
- Please donate non-perishable goods and new items for evacuees.
- Prepared meals, alcohol and used bedding or clothing is not being accepted.
SHELTER ITEMS NEEDED
- Large, family-sized tents
- Sleeping bags, sleeping pads
- Bottled water
- Granola/energy bars*
*Other food donations may be brought to Second Harvest Food Bank.
PERSONAL ITEMS NEEDED
- Hand sanitizer
- Personal hygiene products
- Large plastic storage bins
- Coloring books, crayons
- Surgical masks
- Empty spray bottles (for county-supplied bulk disinfectant)
*Clothing and other personal item donations please bring to the nearest Goodwill