Fire Recovery Fund - Butte County

$2,060 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 24 people in 6 months
Created June 13, 2018
Marji, the chair of our organization called me at 7:15 am concerned that the smoke or haze she saw was a wildfire.  I live 10 miles away in the south part of our community of Concow/Yankee Hill.  With her on the phone I walked outside onto my driveway and saw the explosive cloud and knew it was an established wildfire that was going to impact her.  I could hear her wind chimes as if someone was slamming them around.  We called 911 to be sure it was reported and then she hung up the phone, packed and left having to drive through flames.  I hung up and began to call all the people we knew in the north end of Concow.  The fast moving fire now we know as the Camp Fire was already killing, destroying and ravaging our community.  People scrambling for their lives.  Marji made it to my home along with other Concow residents evacuating.  Cars wrecked as residents flee for their lives, they had to abandon cars that later succumbed to the fire and falling tree debris.   We knew it wasn't good for us and for the Town of Paradise that neighbors us.  The 50 mph Jarbo winds did what we knew and feared and that was to rip through Concow and cross the West Branch of the Feather and continue its ravage into the densely populated community of Paradise and Magalia.  We need help - over 113,000 acres have burned, 6,500 homes destroyed, 250 businesses destroyed, 29 confirmed fatalities, and these are early numbers.

We serve and know the multiple communities affected by the recent California wildfires.  Our organization has been instrumental in post fire recovery and effectively reaching those who really need it.  We are currently assisting Butte County with post fire relief from last summer's wildfires.  The Fire Recovery Fund will support immediate Basic Human Needs and continue to help with long term disaster support.
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Day 23 of evacuations - no one from our community Concow / Yankee Hill has been allowed back since the day the fire broke out. We were the first community being demolished by the Camp Fire in the early morning hours of 11/8/18. I run into many of my friends and neighbors and listen to the stories of heroism and horror of things they experienced and witnessed while trying to save others. The heartbreak is deep, the sadness is heavy, and the need to show love is undeniable. Concow is unrecognizable, lives lost..Mr. Brown, Mr. Young, Ms. Wehe, Mr. Huff...all those who perished from this horrible event, we pray for your loved ones left behind grieving the loss.

While families struggle, so does Concow School which has to relocate their students to Spring Valley School (which had been empty due to budget cuts) by Monday, December 3rd. Spring Valley School had to be cleaned out in preparation for reopening. CA Hope - Butte County Crisis Counselors helped move furniture and teacher's supplies so that the teachers could focus on planning and setting up their classrooms.

Together - we know we can make a difference. Your support is dearly needed, please pass this along and help us reach our goal. The Fire Recovery Fund supported the use of (2) 40 yard dumpsters and (1) green waste dumpster for the cleaning out Spring Valley School for Concow school students who are K-8 grade.
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Go Fund Me - Fire Recovery Fund - Butte County.
Yankee Hill Fire Safe Council – ALL FIRE RECOVERY FUND supports: Basic Human Needs, Land Restoration and Reforestation, and Housing.

We continue to fundraise – a www.GoFundMe.com page has been established under Fire Recovery Fund - Butte County. It describes donations for 2017 wildfires; Wall, Ponderosa, La Porte, and Cherokee.

An easy way to help is to share the information – tell a friend. No contribution is too small.

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No gift is too small - OR - simply share this link with others you know. That would be a great gift.

We continue to meet with families, provide assistance with a plan to move forward, coordinate debris removal, and host Fire Recovery Meetings. June 21, 2018 is the next meeting - Thank you!
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$2,060 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 24 people in 6 months
Created June 13, 2018
Funds raised will benefit:
Yankee Hill Fire Safe Council
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Yankee Hill, CA
EIN: 680486052
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