Shasta Regional Community Foundation evacuated from office, enables relief fund

As the Carr Fire continues to burn in the Redding area with little containment, people are reaching out in an effort to help.

Shasta Regional Community Foundation announced on Friday that it is using the Disaster Relief Fund first established for the Boles Fire in Weed to help with Carr Fire recovery.

The Foundation has been forced to evacuate its office in Redding, and Development & Communications Officer Audra Beylik was working out of their Mount Shasta office Saturday.

A part-time Mount Shasta resident, Beylik said now is not the time for physical donations or volunteer help that involves traveling to Redding because of the continuing extreme fire danger there. She said that time will come down the road.

As of early Saturday afternoon, July 28, according to CAL FIRE, the Carr Fire had grown to more than 80,000 acres, destroyed 500 structures, damaged 75 more, and is threatening close to 5,000 structures. Some 37,000 people have been evacuated, according to reports, and the fire was still only 5 percent contained.

Several evacuation centers have been established. See more information at: www.fire.ca.gov/current_incidents/incidentdetails/Index/2164.

Beylik said she was in a line of evacuees leaving Redding Thursday night after her husband Marc’s home in north Redding was part of an evacuation order.

She said she was one of the few heading north, while she estimated the traffic going south was backed up two miles.

"It was eerie," Beylik said. "When I left our Redding office Thursday, all the businesses in the area were closed. You couldn't get a sandwich or a cup of coffee; and it's normally a thriving place.

Joyce Zwanziger, Director of Ancillary Services at Mercy Medical Center Mt. Shasta, said on Friday that more than 30 employees of Mercy Medical Center Redding had lost their homes to the Carr Fire. She said Mercy Mt. Shasta was standing by to take patients from Redding if that becomes necessary.

For those who do want to help, a link for donations to the Shasta Regional Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund can be found at: http://www.shastarcf.org/funds/cdrf.

Tri Counties Bank also announced Friday that it has made an initial $25,000 deposit to its Carr Fire Fund to benefit victims. The Bank is accepting donations to the fund at all its branches and online at: www.gofundme.com/tcb-2018-carr-fire-fund.