Disaster Fund for Mendocino County Updated Information
As of this morning the Redwood/Potter Fires (Mendocino Lake Complex) have burned 32,000 acres in Redwood Valley and Potter Valley and is 5% contained.
There have been 6 fatalities and approximately 8,000 people have evacuated throughout the incident. 1,000 structures are threatened and 250 single family residences destroyed.
The Community Foundation of Mendocino County has mobilized its Disaster Fund for Mendocino County to collect tax-deductible contributions of any amount. Please click here to make a gift. Approximately $74,000 has been donated to the Disaster Fund as of today. $24,000 of this was contributed by Harvest Market ($14,000 from customers and $10,000 from the Harvest Market corporation). $20,000 was contributed directly by the Community Foundation of Mendocino County.
Donations are also being accepted at the Community Foundation office in Ukiah or at branches of the Savings Bank of Mendocino County. The Ukiah Food Co-op, Community First Bank, or Mendocino Coast Chamber are also accepting donations for the Disaster Fund.
The Foundation will provide immediate response grants to North Coast Opportunities, Inc. (NCO). Due to fires in Lake County over the past three years, NCO has developed a fair, efficient, and transparent process to distribute needed relief funds to individuals and families affected by the fires. We are grateful that they have a system in place to ensure our community members will get the help they need.
Individuals wishing to receive assistance from the Disaster Fund should contact NCO (707-467-3236) and leave a message. Additionally, the County of Mendocino says that residents can also call 211 for more information on shelters, referrals for food, and general fire updates.
We will share more information as it becomes available on our website page.
Megan Barber Allende