Salvation Army crews from Susanville and partners at Southern Baptist are cooking hundreds of meals to help wildfire evacuees. Photos submitted

Salvation Army serves hundreds of meals to Beckwourth Complex Fire evacuees

The Salvation Army is responding to the Beckwourth Complex Fire burning in Lassen and Plumas counties. The nonprofit has crews from Susanville providing breakfast, lunch and dinner to evacuees at a temporary shelter set up at the Susanville Fairgrounds. The Salvation Army is working with Southern Baptist Disaster Relief to provide 130 meals per day. The nonprofit expects to continue serving through Sunday evening, or as needed depending on fire activity and evacuation orders. As of dinner on Thursday evening, The Salvation Army will have provided 613 meals to evacuees of the Beckwourth Complex Fire.

According to, the Beckwourth Complex, made up of the Dotta and Sugar Fires, now covers more than 100,000 acres and is 68 percent contained. On Thursday morning, firefighters reported increased fire activity due to high winds. With evacuations still underway in Lassen and Plumas counties, the Salvation Army plans to continue providing meals as needed.

As one of the nation’s major emergency relief organizations, the Salvation Army is on the ground before, during and after a disaster strikes. When the fires began in Plumas County, forcing people out of their homes, the nonprofit was ready to respond quickly and efficiently. Services the Salvation Army can provide during disasters may include food, water, shelter, emotional and spiritual care, housing assistance, rebuilding assistance and other long-term recovery efforts.