How to Help San Diegans Affected by the Lilac Fire

As the destructive Lilac Fire rages to the west of Interstate 15 near state Route 76 in Bonsall, many people are wondering how they can help.

Officials for the county's information line, 2-1-1, said Thursday evening they were in need of volunteers at their call center, where people affected by the fire were looking for resources and information on the Lilac Fire. More info at

The San Diego/Imperial County Red Cross (SDIC Red Cross) said the best way to help their organization is through monetary donations as they assist evacuees

“A cash donation is the really most versatile that allows us to very quickly and carefully target what most citizens need to sustain their lives,” Government Liason Officer for the American Red Cross said.

Volunteers wishing to donate their time should head to shelters across North County being operated by SDICRC. For a list of evacuation centers visit here.

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 to their Amazon wish list

The Del Mar Fairgrounds, where several evacuated large animals were being housed,  had asked for donations, but by Friday evening said," thanks to the generosity of so many, we're not in immediate need of additional donations and volunteers."

They thanked people across Southern California for donating and said that all of the proceeds donated to them will go to assisting Lilac Fire relief efforts. 

Amy Herber, the recovery manager for the County of San Diego, said in a county news briefing Friday that monetary donations were a great way to help victims of the fire.

She said donations were being collected via the San Diego Foundation’s website here. Those wanting to give can also send a text message to 50155 that says “SD Recover.” A reply will be sent with more instructions.

Meanwhile, Harber said the website of San Diego Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster has published a list of community partners aiding in fire recovery efforts.

She said that, for now, items like clothing, blankets and household goods are not needed. If the need for those types of items arises, a call for help will be announced.

Harber said those looking for the most recent information on the recovery and rebuilding process should visit the San Diego County Recovery website.

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