Here’s How To Stay Up-To-Date With the Wildfires — and Ways to Help Those Fleeing Them

San Francisco has filled with smoke again; the Bay Area is burning — again. We’re, truly, living in dystopian times.

Climate change is as real as human ignorance. Hope saddles compassion in exact parallels. Alas: it’s times of catastrophe that call us, as a whole, to act; to reach out; to do our individual parts to better those facing mounding malice — which, amid the current panorama of misfortunes, now includes wildlife victims displaced from the Lightning Complex Fires. These blazes, now collectively encompassing over 500,000 acres, have destroyed hundreds of buildings, killed at least five people, and made the skies above San Francisco volatile to inhale. 

We’re doing our best staying on top of the developments, and we want to ensure our readers, too, have the tools (and resources) they need in order to stay both informed and helpful amid these hellacious times.

Below, you’ll find a list of sources that you can use to keep tabs on the evolving fires, as well as ways to buoy our fellow NorCal locals through what’s already proving to be another turbulent wildfire season.

  • Visit Cal Fire’s “Incident Page” to get up-to-date information on the status of each of the three main Lighting Complex Fires — SCU, CZU, and LNU fires — burning. // More info

  • Check out what services the American Red Cross is in need of that you may be able to volunteer for via their online portal. // More info

  • Read up on how climate change has played its hand in making our wildfire seasons worse… and work on ways to lighten your environmental footprint. // More info

  • Donate to a slew of nonprofits and relief funds currently collecting funds to support those displaced by the fires. // More info

  • Stay current on evacuation orders… so you can inform loved ones in affected areas. // More info

  • Don’t buy any non-valved N95 mask, as medical workers still have primacy — but do invest in ones that do have them and simply cover the valves with a piece of cloth. // More info

In case the worst comes to a head—the state of California also recommends packing an emergency kit that includes the following:

  • Water (one gallon per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation)

  • Food (at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food)

  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert

  • Important documents (i.e social security card, birth certificate, identifiable information)

  • Flashlight

  • First aid kit

  • Extra batteries

  • Whistle (to signal for help)

  • Dust mask (to help filter contaminated air)

  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place)

  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties (for personal sanitation)

  • Wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities)

  • Manual can opener (for food)

  • Local maps

  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery

  • Download the Recommended Supplies List (PDF)

// Check back with us for more updates on the fires as they progress—for however long that might be. Feature photo by Levan Badzgaradze.

Here’s How To Stay Up-To-Date With the Wildfires — and Ways to Help Those Fleeing Them
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