2020 Fires

man standing in campfire

Listos guide and food deliveryZogg Fire

The Zogg Fire started in Shasta County on September 27, 2020 and quickly grew in size due to warm and windy conditions. As of September 30, 2020, four fatalities have been confirmed and 146 structures have been destroyed in this 51,000 acre fire. For updated information on this wildfire, please visit the incident page.

Our Response

Our 211 NorCal service was immediately activated as the point of information for the Zogg Fire. Residents in the affected counties are able to call, text, or visit the 211NorCal.org webpage to access information on evacuation orders, available resources, and more. The Zogg Fire is ongoing and United Way of Northern California is monitoring the situation closely to determine the best ways to provide support. If you are able to do so, please donate to our Wildfire Relief fund.

Prior to the start of the fire, our staff has been working to prepare Tehama County residents for disaster using the Listos California program. Through community outreach, online communication, and activation of resources, residents have been taught things like how to prepare for a potential evacuation by packing a go-bag and how to sign up for emergency alerts in their area. Access our Disaster Preparedness Guide here.


North Complex Fire (Bear Fire)helicopter picking up water

The North Complex Fire (Bear Fire) started August 18, 2020 and burned nearly 315,000 acres as of September 30, 2020. Of the nine counties we serve in Northern California, two have been impacted by the fire: Butte and Plumas counties. For updated information on this wildfire, please visit the incident page

Our Response

As of September 10, 2020, United Way of Northern California (UWNC) announced a total of $50,000 in emergency funding to six agencies helping residents affected by the North Complex Fire that has destroyed homes and forced thousands of evacuations in Butte and Plumas counties. Those agencies are as follows:

  • American Red Cross, $25,000
  • Oroville Hope Center, $5,000
  • Oroville Rescue Mission, $5,000
  • Oroville Southside Community Improvement Association, $5,000
  • Plumas Crisis Information & Resource Center, $5,000
  • Tzu Chi Foundation, $5,000

The North Complex Fire is ongoing and United Way of Northern California is monitoring the situation closely to determine the best ways to provide support. If you are able to do so, please donate to our Wildfire Relief fund.

Photo, Courtesy of Matthew Henderson


Slater FireFire and skyline

The Slater Fire (Devil Fire) started September 8, 2020 and has burned over 150,000 acres as of September 30, 2020. For updated information on this wildfire, please visit the incident page

Our Response

As of September 10, 2020, United Way of Northern California (UWNC) announced a total of $30,000 in emergency funding to two agencies helping residents affected by the Slater Fire that has destroyed homes and forced hundreds of evacuations in Siskiyou County. Those agencies are as follows:

  • Happy Camp Community Action Inc., $25,000
  • Rescue Ranch Adoption Center, $5,000

The Slater Fire is ongoing and United Way of Northern California is monitoring the situation closely to determine the best ways to provide support. If you are able to do so, please donate to our Wildfire Relief fund.

Prior to the start of the fire, our staff has been working to prepare Siskiyou County residents for disaster using the Listos California program. Through community outreach, online communication, and activation of resources, residents have been taught things like how to prepare for a potential evacuation by packing a go-bag and how to sign up for emergency alerts in their area. Access our Disaster Preparedness Guide here.

Photo, Courtesy of Matthew Henderson