The wildfires that ravaged Napa and Sonoma counties are expected to reach full containment this week, thanks to the bravery of firefighters and first responders. Now, the people of Northern California face the difficult and uncertain task of finding missing loved ones, receiving treatment for injuries, filing insurance claims, and rebuilding their lives.

In the aftermath of the devastating wildfires, you may not know where to turn for help, but there is an entire community ready to assist you and your family. Here are some resources to help wildfire victims rise up again after all they have endured, compiled by The Sacramento Bee:

Reuniting the Family:

Resources for Housing, Food, and Goods:

  • People are listing available housing on a public Google Doc.

  • Airbnb hosts are opening their homes for free to evacuees through Oct. 30.

  • People are opening up their land for wildfire victims to stay on through Hipcamp.

  • Petaluma People Services Center: SHARE Sonoma County is offering temporary home sharing for those who have lost their housing due to the recent fires. They currently have over 40 home providers offering housing. Anyone needing housing should contact

  • Local evacuation centers/shelters: Several local officials have made public statements to make clear that these shelters are open to everyone regardless of immigration status. The list includes many churches and schools that are hopefully seen as trusted spaces.

  • Campsite evacuation spaces: Although these campsites in Sonoma and Mendocino counties are not official evacuation sites, they will be open to meet the temporary immediate needs of displaced residents. They only accommodate those who are self-contained.

  • Crop Mobster Bay Area created a resource listing and map where anyone can post needs or offers of help.

  • Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) gives food assistance to low-income households with food loss or damage caused by a natural disaster and is available regardless of immigration status.

  • Care Bags with gently used clothing, shoes, toys, books, toiletries and more. Tailored to you/your family’s sizes and needs.

Resources for Transportation:

  • Turo is a p2p car sharing marketplace, and many hosts have opted in to list their vehicles for rent at no cost for people who have lost their cars in the fire or are in need of transportation. If North Bay fire evacuees are in need of a vehicle during this hard time, email for more details.

  • Cartelligent, which helps people buy or lease cars by handling “all the hassles of car shopping,” has partnered with Sonoma Fire Info and is offering its services for free through Dec. 31 to anyone who lost their vehicle in the recent fires.

Resources for Child Care:

  • FEMA Longer Term Assistance (e.g. Individuals and Household Program) provides financial and direct services to eligible individuals and households affected by a disaster who have uninsured or underinsured necessary expenses and serious needs. It is available if at least one household member is a U.S. citizen or a “qualified” immigrant.

  • Local Assistance Center (LAC), Press Democrat building in downtown Santa Rosa, 427 Mendocino Ave., between Ross and Fifth streets, is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily for at least two weeks. Some of the services include: FEMA Disaster Recovery Center; Department of Motor Vehicles; American Red Cross; Small Business Administration; HOPE Animal Assistance Crisis Response; County Assessor and Tax Collector; Child Support Services; Housing Assistance; Fire & Emergency Services; Health & Human Services; Building Permitting Agencies; Transportation & Public Works; Veteran’s Affairs.

  • LawHelp: Information on how to replace vital records, including identification; birth, marriage and death certificates, etc. Guide to insurance legal rights, claim guidance and more.

  • If you have a Wells Fargo mortgage, have been affected by the fires and can’t make payment this month, they are waiving late fees for 30 days. You can call 888-818-9147 to for help on this matter. They may be able to postpone payment for you until January 2018.

Resources for Health & Wellness:


  • Redwood Empire Chapter of California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists is hosting free drop-in counseling for people/families affected by the NorCal fires on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Somatic Trauma Relief, Rachel Kaplan, MFT, is offering free services to fire victims.

  • Emotional well-being/crisis counseling: Helpful advice for individuals and basic crisis communication tactics.

  • Social Advocates for Youth (SAY), 2447 Summerfield Drive, Santa Rosa, 707-544-3299, ext. 237: Free 6-week counseling groups starting Nov. 13. 4-5:30 p.m. Mondays, ages 5-24.

  • Matrix helps families who have children with special needs. The e-newsletter lists resources for the special needs community to help them to cope with disasters.


  • Petaluma Health Center is open and accepting walk-ins.

  • Teladoc is a telemedicine company that is waiving all fees and offering free phone visits to anyone affected by the fires.

  • Eye Care VSP Vision Care members who have lost or broken their eyewear due to the wildfires can call Member Services Support Line at 800-877-7195 to have their VSP benefits reinstated regardless of eligibility.

  • Individuals without VSP coverage can contact their local American Red Cross, or call 800-Red-cross 800-733-2767 and request a VSP Global Eyes of Hope gift certificate. They can use this to obtain necessary eyewear.


  • Scott Valley Swimming & Tennis Club. Free warm shower—towels and toiletries provided.

  • 24 Hour Fitness in Rohnert Park is welcoming residents of the community to utilize their resources. They have hot showers, soap, and towels. Currently open 24/7.

  • Aya Salon: Will wash and style fire victims’ hair for free. Downtown Petaluma. 707-762-3100.

  • Synergy Health Club: Free showers and towels for those in need. Also a place to relax with couches and TV.

Computer/Internet Resources:

  • Marin libraries are providing computer access to all fire evacuees even if they don’t have a library card; library locations can be found here.

  • Roaring Donkey has laptops, chargers, and Wi-Fi for those in need.

Resources for Pets & Livestock: