Three major wildfires are burning across California, forcing thousands of people to flee their homes. At least five people have been killed. Thousands of buildings have been either damaged or destroyed as firefighters struggle to contain the flames.
Some families are unfortunately separated from their pets during the rush to evacuate. For those living in Butte County, one organization to check with is the North Valley Animal Disaster Group. They specialize in evacuating and caring for animals during disasters. According to their website, the group is operating three shelters.
• Small Animal Shelter: 2279 Del Oro Avenue in Oroville. It is located off Nelson near the County Shelter & Highway 70
• Small Animal Shelter: 150 Airpark Drive in Chico, at the Chico Airport
• For Large Animals: Rolling Hills Casino Equestrian Center located at 2655 Everett Freeman Way in Corning
The North Valley Animal Disaster Group urges people who need help evacuating to call rather than send a message online. The number is 530-895-0000.
The Animal Disaster Group has also identified more than two dozen hotels in the Butte County area that allow pets, you can see that list embedded below or by clicking here.
A Facebook group has been set up to help pet owners spread the word about animals that went missing in the Camp Fire. It’s called Camp Fire Pet Rescue and Reunification and it was launched in affiliation with Paws-1-1. Some of the people posting pictures and requests for help include those who were at work when the evacuation orders went out, and were not allowed to return to their homes.
You can read more details about the fire and evacuations in Ventura County and Los Angeles areas, including Malibu and the Pacific Palisades here.
For interactive maps, evacuation zones and and the latest details on the Camp Fire in Butte County, click here.