Puente's Response to CZU August Lighting Complex Fire

On Sunday August 16, multiple fires began burning near our local communities of Pescadero, Loma Mar, and out on Highway 1 near Año Nuevo. Those areas, as well as La Honda and San Gregorio eventually received evacuation orders. Most orders have been lifted or have been reduced to warnings. As September 12, the CZU August Lightning Complex Fire is 86% contained. The fire has consumed more than 86,500 acres and has destroyed more than 1,400 structures in the counties of San Mateo and Santa Cruz.

With the support of many donors, professional, social and faith-based organizations as well as foundations, Puente is providing financial assistance to those who lost work hours, materials goods, their home or had unexpected expenses due the fire. Please refer those in need of assistance to 650-879-1691 or outreach@mypuente.org.

We are moved by the kindness, solidarity and generosity shown by all community members during this critical situation. At the moment the best way to help is by making a donation to Puente’s Emergency Fire Relief Fund. Please, designate your gift to “Fire Relief Fund”

We are also receiving in-kind donations of water, food, laundry soap and softener, pet food, toiletries, and other items. We kindly ask you to contact us before bringing donations as we have limited storage. Thank you! We hope that you and your family are staying safe during this crisis.


CalFire landing page for the fire: https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/2020/8/17/czu-lightning-complex-including-warnella-fire/


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