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Supporting communities affected by the California fires


Since Sunday, huge swaths of California have been ravaged by wildfires, from more than 20 fires still burning in wine country to a blaze down south in Orange County. Although the extent of the damage has yet to be assessed, thousands of Northern California residents remain displaced from their homes, and schools and districts across the Bay Area have been closed due to fire damage or poor air quality.Here are some ways to help the communities impacted by the worst fires in state history—whether you're local, like we are, or live farther away. And to those affected by or battling the blazes, the entire Remind team is keeping you in our thoughts. Please stay safe.Here's a map of the active fires in California.

Northern California: Sonoma County, Napa County, Mendocino County, and more

VolunteeringThe Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership and the Red Cross are signing up volunteers.ShelterIf you live in the region, you can sign up on Airbnb to make your home available to evacuees and relief workers.Monetary donationsRedwood Credit Union is collecting donations that will be distributed to the counties affected by the fires.You can also donate to regional relief organizations like the Sonoma County Resilience Fund, Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund, and Community Foundation of Mendocino County.Donations to the Direct Impact Fund will go directly to verified campaigns on GoFundMe.For more information and ways to help, the San Francisco Chronicle is updating a list of resources here.

Southern California: Orange County

An assistance center in Anaheim has opened with resources, services, and more for anyone affected by Canyon Fire 2.The Anaheim Community Foundation is accepting monetary donations for those whose homes were damaged or destroyed.