The Camp Fire
The Camp Fire, the deadliest wildfire in US history in the past century, took the lives of 86 humans, burning over 150,000 acres and destroying close to 19,000 buildings. The damage is estimated at over $16 billion.
State fire investigators concluded that utility giant Pacific Gas and Electric Corporation (PG&E) was responsible for the wildfire. As a result of liabilities piled up from wildfires in 2017 and 2018, PG&E filed for bankruptcy protection in 2019. Sadly, PG&E knew for years that dozens of its aging power lines posed a wildfire threat yet failed to replace or repair them.
It is alarming that 10 of the 20 most destructive wildfires in California took place in the last 4 years. Transmission equipment failures caused at least 8, claiming over 130 human lives.
The Cal Fire Benevolent Foundation
United Way of Northern California
The Cal Fire Benevolent Foundation is organized exclusively to engage in lawful charitable and educational activities supporting the families of firefighters and other fire suppression personnel of California in times of financial need or hardship.
The Foundation helped 87 firefighters and their families financially in 2018. We partnered with Cal Fire to raise donations for the Foundation. Donations are tax-deductible and all proceeds go to the Cal Fire Benevolent Foundation. Federal Tax ID #20-5686356. To donate, please use one of the two methods below:
United Way of Northern California (UWNC) is one of 1,200 local United Ways in the United States and among 1,800 globally. Founded in 1953, it currently serves a none-country area: Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama and Trinity counties.
UNWC's mission is to fight for the health, education and financial stability of every person in their community. They work in close collaboration with non-profit partners, government agencies and the business community to advocate, support and deliver programs and resources that help improve lives.
To learn more, please visit www.norcalunitedway.org