SAN DIEGO — The fast-moving Lilac Fire continues to spread devastation and desperation in San Diego County.
The fire tore across thousands of acres near Fallbrook and was moving toward Oceanside as it destroyed dozens of homes and threatened hundreds of others, injured several people, closed roads and schools and prompted widespread evacuations.
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People who want to provide assistance to residents displaced by the Lilac Fire in northern San Diego County can best do so by making a financial donation, the San Diego chapter of the American Red Cross announced Friday.
Members of the public have been asking about how to drop off items at shelters, but Red Cross officials said that would be a distraction since they’re still working on getting the different locations staffed and maintained.
Emily Cox of the Red Cross said if any particular items are needed, they’ll provide an update, “but right now financial donations are the best and fastest way to help.”
The American Red Cross says you can make a donation to assist relief efforts by calling 1-800-Red-Cross or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. People who are interested in volunteering can register online at www.redcross.org/volunteer.
Del Mar Fairgrounds is looking for volunteers. They currently have about 600 horses on site. Call 858-755-1161 to help.
2-1-1 San Diego — the county’s public hotline during emergencies — is looking for volunteers to help in its call center. To register for a shift, go to handsonsandiego.org.
The San Diego County Humane Society said they are not in need of volunteers at this time, but those wishing to help can donate pet supplies and food by going clicking here.
*We will continue to update this list as we learn of new ways to help.
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