Salvation Army serves evacuees and first responders

The Salvation Army is responding to both the Dixie Fire burning in Butte and Plumas counties and the River Fire burning in both Placer and Nevada counties. The nonprofit has Emergency Disaster Services employees and volunteers from Roseville and Redding assisting Susanville crews in providing hundreds of meals a day at two different shelters for evacuees of the Dixie Fire.

In Auburn, The Salvation Army is serving River Fire evacuees at the Regional Park Gym in Auburn. The nonprofit is urging anyone at home who wants to help those who have been displaced by these wildfires, or who’ve had their homes destroyed or damaged, to donate online at TSAWildfireRelief.org.

As of Friday, Aug. 6, the Dixie Fire had grown to be the third largest wildfire in California state history, covering more than 432,000 acres. Extreme fire conditions this week exploded this wildfire, forcing tens of thousands of people out of their homes and destroyed nearly 100 structures.

The River Fire sparked Wednesday, growing quickly, destroying dozens of homes and other buildings and injuring three people.

As one of the nation’s major emergency relief organizations, The Salvation Army is on the ground before, during and after a disaster strikes. Right now, the mission is to provide food and emotional and spiritual care to survivors and first responders. As crews get these fires under control and there is a better idea of the scope of the damage, the nonprofit will turn from response to recovery. Donations may then be used to help survivors find housing and begin to rebuild their homes and lives.

In Susanville, the Salvation Army employees and volunteers from Roseville, Redding, Auburn and Susanville are providing meals at Lassen Community College and Lassen High School.

In Auburn, the Salvation Army is providing meals at Regional Park Gym.