Dear MCAR Members,

As wildfires continue to engulf areas throughout California and firefighters work tirelessly to contain them, our own Monterey County communities are now in desperate need of support. Multiple MCAR members, their families and generations of beloved clients are being impacted by this crisis. We know that some have likely lost their homes.
With an official state of emergency declared, federal funds will start flowing into the state to support local efforts, but there are several things you can do now to help. 

The Monterey County Association of REALTORS® Charitable Trust is prepared to assist those displaced by the fires with Visa Gift Cards. If you or someone you know has lost their home to the fire, please contact the MCAR office (M-F, 8 AM – 4 PM). If after normal business hours, please email Kevin Stone (

C.A.R. Disaster Relief Fund grants are available for REALTOR® members, employees of REALTOR® members and/or association staff who experience loss and severe hardship due to the fires. The DRF grant application can be found here.  
For questions, please call us at (213) 739-8327 or email
Please feel free to share the information with members who are in need of assistance.

Making a financial contribution to a nonprofit that’s helping wildfire victims is usually the best way of ensuring your donation will be utilized. The American Red Cross has been helping provide support and shelter to evacuees. You can help by giving or calling 1- 800-Red Cross or texting the word RED CROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
Most local shelters are overwhelmed with evacuees. Help feed our affected neighbors by donating non-perishables to your Local Food Bank. Items like clothing, housewares, personal hygiene products, pet supplies and other necessities will likely be in demand soon. Though the outpouring of support has been immense, many shelters and banks are still in need. 

Many animals are also falling victim to these horrific fires. Pets are being left behind as residents evacuate. Forest animals are fleeing as the trees and forests burn. The Humane Society and the SPCA are working to rescue and take in animals from the affected areas. Information and resources for the SPCA along with ways you can support their efforts, can be found here:
Even just a few hours of your time can give someone a long overdue break or bring fresh energy during a difficult time. Whether you’re helping sort donations or setting up shelters for new evacuees, you’ll be making a massive difference. 

Together we can make a difference.

Below are announcements and links for information and resources to help those affected by the fires.

Contact Information

Media Line and Public Information Line
(831) 647-6257

SPCA (Animal Evacuation Center)

Monterey County Sheriff’s Public Information Line

Monterey County Office of Emergency Service is providing updates on their Facebook page.

Evacuation centers:

  • Monterey County, in collaboration with the American Red Cross, is offering both an evacuation center and evacuation shelter to meet the needs of fire evacuees. An evacuation shelter is open at Carmel Middle School in Carmel. The shelter will be open 24 hours, has the capacity to provide meals and sleeping accommodations for up to 20 people and can be expanded as needed. The SPCA is not currently on site at this location. Carmel Middle School, 4380 Carmel Valley Rd. Carmel, CA 93923
  • An evacuation center is located at Weather Tech Raceway Laguna Seca on Highway 68. The center is open 8 am to 8 pm and offers evacuees water, snacks and a rest stop to make further plans or find out about assistance offered by the American Red Cross. Weather Tech Raceway Laguna Seca, 1021 Highway 68, Salinas, CA 93908


For help finding accommodations contact Red Cross at 866-272-2237 or for information please call 211.

Road closures as of August 20:

  • Pine Canyon at Mesa Road
  • River Road at Parker Road
  • Indian Springs Rd at Murietta Rd
  • Los Palamas Rd at River Rd
  • Riverview Crt at River Rd
  • 117 Drive at Highway 68

Please register for evacuation alerts by visiting Alert Monterey County
Monterey County Office of Emergency Services' (OES) website provides emergency preparedness information for the Monterey County Operational Area; designed to provide quick access to local and national information on disaster preparedness. The program is a localized version of FEMA’s Ready.govprogram. The goal of Ready Monterey County is to tailor emergency preparedness messages to the unique hazards faced in the Monterey County Operational Area.
When wildfires burn near you, smoke can reach your community. Wildfire smoke is a mix of gases and fine particles from burning trees and plants, buildings, and other material. Wildfire smoke can make anyone sick, but people with asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), or heart disease, and childrenpregnant women, and responders are especially at risk.

Breathing in smoke can affect you right away, causing:
  • Coughing
  • Trouble breathing
  • Wheezing
  • Asthma attacks
  • Stinging eyes
  • Scratchy throat
  • Runny nose
  • Irritated sinuses
  • Headaches
  • Tiredness
  • Chest pain
  • Fast heartbeat

Be ready to protect yourself against smoke and ash before, during, and after a wildfire.