The Mendocino Complex Fire nearly doubled in size this past weekend, making it the fourth largest in state history. At the same time, the Carr Fire, burning near Redding, is currently the state's sixth most destructive fire and has burned more than 134,000 acres.
San Francisco- and Oakland-based nonprofits and businesses are now stepping up to support those in need. We put together a list with places where you can donate and volunteer.
Simply the Basics founder Meghan Freebeck announced on Twitter that the organization will provide support and care to the Carr Fire victims by offering donations to meet their basic needs and holding items that cannot be stored. "We are accepting donations and we will be working with the first responders and community where people are staying," Freebeck told us via email.
She added that the nonprofit often stores supplies that will be needed once the sites where people are staying can accept or have the space, and only provides products in the proper amounts needed.
Freebeck also said that volunteers are needed to host hygiene drives and sort donations. Interested parties can sign up for the nonprofit's newsletter to learn about such volunteer opportunities.