The Laura 2 Fire, driven by strong winds, proved a disaster last week, destroying 21 homes and 19 outbuildings in Doyle on Nov. 17, just before the holidays; but donations from the community are coming in and a GoFundMe is aimed to benefit those who were impacted by the fast-moving blaze. The change in structure numbers is from the final report of the damage assessment team, according to InciWeb.
According to Kathy Catron, Doyle Fire Protection District Chief, “The response has been overwhelming.”
A donation center was set up for those impacted by the Laura 2 Fire where they can stop by and pick up items ranging from clothing, toiletries, household items to furniture, with goods even being set aside for them if they do not have a place to store them yet.
Donations are accepted at the Doyle Christian Church, and items including clothing and shoes of all sizes, baby supplies, like diapers, wipes, bottles and bedding, personal hygiene items and toiletries, household items, bedding and blankets, winter clothing, towels, kitchen items, like silverware, pots and pans and cash donations are accepted. Checks should be made out to the Doyle Christian Church, with Laura 2 Fire Relief Fund written in the memo line.
According to Catron, about $5,000 was raised in about two days.
There is also a GoFundMe, titled Doyle CA, Laura 2 Fire Victims, to benefit the victims of the Nov. 17 fire.
Set up by James Bronneke, captain for the Sierra Army Depot Fire Department, and Amber Catron, a volunteer firefighter for the Doyle volunteers, the GoFundMe aims to raise $50,000.
“Many families are currently displaced and in need of assistance. Donations will be given to the families affected by the fire, which couldn’t have happened at a worse time of year,” read the GoFundMe. “Families need everything from basic toiletries to rebuilding their homes and lives. In addition, many of the fire victims have lost their means of transportation as they were completely destroyed in the fire. All help and donations are crucial to these families getting their lives back, thank you for your support and please reach out for any questions.”
According to Catron, the department is also working on setting up a Bank of America account where direct donations can be made. The account number will be posted on their Facebook page.
Catron also shared there have been donations made to support Doyle residents, including hay and animal feed from Cowboy 911, items from Tractor Supply and toys from Ashlee’s Toy Closet.
For more information, message the Doyle Fire Protection District on Facebook.
According to InciWeb, last week’s Laura 2 Fire moved quickly, burning 21 homes and 19 outbuildings, the final assessment revealed. Previously released numbers reported 19 homes and 30 outbuildings. The change from earlier loss figures is from the final report of the damage assessment team. The fire acreage has been revised upward to 2,800. The increase is due to more accurate mapping. There has been no fire growth since Tuesday. The fire has damaged developments at the Bureau of Land Management Fort Sage Off Highway Vehicle Recreation Area east of Doyle. The BLM has temporarily closed the OHV area while fire containment and patrol are underway and while any hazards are located the removed.