The Blue Cut Fire was reported in the Cajon Pass in San Bernardino County on August 16th, 2016. The Blue Cut Fire has rapidly burned more than 37,000 acres of land and has destroyed nearly 100 buildings. More than 80,000 people were initially under mandatory evacuations.
For the latest updates and volunteer opportunities related to the Blue Cut Fire, you can check the sites below:
- CalOES Newsroom
- CalFire Active Fires List
- InciWeb Incident List
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How You Can Help
If you would like to donate, cash donations are preferred because they reduce the amount of labor and the expense of sorting, packing, transporting and distributing donated goods. Relief agencies can use cash to meet survivors’ specific needs more quickly while also supporting local economic recovery.
CaliforniaVolunteers strongly encourages donors to carefully research charitable organizations prior to donating to ensure that their donated funds will have the desired result.
For additional information and easy-to-use tips on avoiding charity scams following a disaster, please visit the California Office of the Attorney General Charities website.
MONETARY DONATIONS ($)
The Inland Empire United Way and the Community Foundation have established a relief fund for victims of the Blue Cut Fire. Click below to donate:
- Inland Empire United Way
In addition, donors can support the fund by texting “Relief” to 40403, or by sending a check made payable to Inland Empire United Way to: IEUW Fire Fund, 9644 Hermosa Avenue, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730.
Individuals wishing to donate in-kind donations to the affected communities or residents of the Blue Cut Fire can contact the Operational Area Emergency Operations Center, Donations Management Unit at 909-356-3939 from 7:00 am – 7:00 pm.
Help Where It’s Needed Most
Volunteer needs are still being assessed at this time. As information is made available, this site will be updated.
Volunteers should not self-deploy. Because of the dangerous conditions in the areas impacted by the fire, volunteers are asked not to go directly to the affected areas. You may be risking your life as well as the lives of others or hindering the work of emergency service responders.
Train NOW for Future Disasters
Following a major disaster, most relief organizations and emergency responder agencies are extremely busy, even if they are outside the affected area. Organizations can become overwhelmed with too many volunteers. The best time to sign-up to volunteer is during a non-disaster time. This allows you to train with a disaster relief organization to be ready when the next emergency strikes.
To find a training or volunteer opportunity go to our home page, CaliforniaVolunteers.org, enter your zip code and select “Public Safety and Disaster Preparedness” from the pull down menu. You will receive a list of potential opportunities in your area, such as joining a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).
In addition, you can find more information here:
- American Red Cross
- Salvation Army