CHICO, California (November 8, 2020) -- At a time when California is again facing historic wildfires across the state, the American Red Cross California Gold Country Region is marking the second anniversary of the Camp Fire in Butte County, California, by thanking the hundreds of volunteers and partners who came together to support the thousands of people impacted by this devastating fire.
The Camp Fire decimated the City of Paradise and nearby communities, including Concow, Pulga and Magalia. The wildfire was the deadliest fire in state history, traveling 17 miles in less than 12 hours on November 8, taking 85 lives and reducing thousands of homes to ash and cinders.
Photos from the Red Cross 2018 Camp Wildfire Response (Flickr)
“The Red Cross is humbled to support those who lost so much during the Camp Fire. As they always do, our volunteers put their lives on hold to come to the aid of so many in need during this devastating time,” said Nuriddin Ziyadinov, Northern California Chapter Executive. “Even as wildfires are once again ravaging the state, I’m struck by the resiliency of our Northern California communities and the fact that people are always willing to help, even in the most dire of circumstances.”
During the 2018 Camp Fire response, the Red Cross and its partners:
- Provided more than 42,230 overnight shelter stays
- Served nearly 242,000 meals and snacks
- Distributed more than 25,000 relief items
- Provided more than $22 million in individual assistance to more than 9,500 Butte County households
- Awarded more than $10.1 million in grants to partner non-profits in Butte County
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Visit redcross.org/wildfire for full wildfire safety information.