The Caldor and Dixie fires have already impacted so many families and continue to do so. The Caldor Fire has burned almost 200,000 acres and the Dixie Fire has burned over 800,000 acres as of Tuesday, August 31st.
Our hearts are breaking for our friends, family, and community being displaced and affected by these wildfires. With that being said we have put together this resource for those who find themselves needing help during this time due to displacement of the Caldor Fire.
Stay Up To Date
Make sure you are up to date on evacuation orders, road closures, school closures, etc.
Get regional alerts depending on your county. These alerts are via text and can notify you of potential evacuations. You do not need to sign up for this, once released by dispatch this will come to your cell phone without subscribing. Make sure your government alerts are not disabled in your settings on your cell phone.
We have been sharing resources for those who are looking to help over on Facebook and Instagram. If you are looking to provide support, you can click those links above to take you to those specific posts.
If you need disaster assistance during an evacuation, call the Red Cross at 1-800-733-2767.
Tahoe Transportation District (TTD) Transportation is providing transportation to evacuee residents that do not have transportation. Call 775-589-5500 ext. 3.
Pets in carriers/kennels may accompany passengers
Carry-ons are limited to four items per passenger, including a pet carrier.
There is no intent to leave a pet behind if they are not in a carrier, but we would like to encourage pet owners to be prepared.”
O’Rourke and Sons Moving in Fernley are helping those evacuate from areas not yet mandatory, contact 775-433-9697.
Evacuation Centers for Caldor Fire Evacuees
As of 9/1/21, Costco in Carson City, NV as well as Costco in Sparks, NV is offering gas to any non-Costco members who have evacuated their homes for the next few days. Must have a debit card to pay.
While the lists below are updated often, please call to confirm before heading that way as things change by the minute.
Nevada Evacuation Centers
Truckee Veterans Hall, 10214 High Street, Truckee, CA 96161
Dayton Rodeo Event Center – capacity 150 RV’s for dry camping and a limited number of large animals – 500 Schaad Ln, Dayton, NV 89403
Lyon County Fair Grounds – capacity 200 RV’s for dry camping and large animals. – 100 US Highway 95a E, Yerington, NV 89447
Reno-Sparks Convention Center – 4590 S. Virginia St., Reno (limited capacity for pets)
Carson Aquatic Facility
Silver Springs Side of Lahontan State Park – 775-684-2770
Douglas County Fairgrounds *Large Animals
California Evacuation Centers
Cameron Park Community Services District: 2502 Country Club Drive, Cameron Park, CA 95682
Rolling Hills Church (RV access available), 800 White Rock Rd, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
FULL CAPACITY (no room)
FULL – Carson City Community Center – 851 East William Street (people only- no pets, standard vehicles)
FULL (no longer accepting pets) – Fuji Park – 601 Old Clear Creek Road (people, livestock, domestic animals in crates, trailers and RVs)
FULL – Washoe / Dayton Campsites
FULL – Douglas County Community Center, 1329 Waterloo Lane, Gardnerville, NV 89410 *Small Animals
FULL – Green Valley Community Church (limited RV access available; first come, first served), 3500 Missouri Flat Road, Placerville, CA 95667
Additional evacuation center information can be found here and here (we are not sure who started these lists and cannot verify the accuracy).
Tent Camping and RV Parking
Tent camping is limited. Tent camping should be directed to the following locations: Washoe Lake State Park, Davis Creek Regional Park, Bureau of Land Management or US Forest Service Lands, Boca/Stampede Reservoirs, Dayton State Park.
Some RV/parking lots are rotating evacuees to make room for newcomers. Please call/visit to verify there is a spot open.
Nevada State Railroad Museum
Carson Valley Bible Church
Pro-Tech RV Services – 13 Affonso Dr, Mound House. Room for about 50 people with RVs who are victims of the fires.
Pulse Fitness – offering their space for overnight RV parking, showers, etc. 775-782-2705
If you know of a family with school-age children who have been evacuated to Carson City, and they are interested in having their children attend school, please have them reach out to Christie Perkins at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her office line (775) 283-1537.
Capital Kids Before School Program:
Capital Kids before school program is being relocated to the Carson City Senior Center starting 8/31/21. CC School District is providing bussing.
The Discovery is partnering with Project: Camp, an LA-based non-profit organization, to offer weekday camps through September 10th to support children and families impacted by the Caldor fire and Dixie Fire.
The camps are for children ages 6-16, and run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with a full day of activities. Participation is free.
Licensed childcare for ages 0-18. Our 9am-5pm services are almost full but evenings and weekends are available with a 90% discount being offered for anyone affected by the fire (evacuees and first responders).
Location: 4600 Snyder Avenue Carson City, NV 89701
Carson Lanes Youth bowling league has collected money and would like to invite kids to bowl Saturday, September 4 from 10am – 12pm. Bowling will be first come first serve basis. Lane discounts may be offered as well.
Workspace for Evacuees
The following businesses are offering a place to work for free or discounted if you are in need of office space for work and have been displaced.
Adams Hub – FREE | 775-222-0001
Reno Hive Coworking – FREE | 775-277-3533
Food for Evacuees
Please call to confirm they are still offering before heading that way.
Northern Nevada Dream Center – drive-up pantry with free groceries, fresh produce, meats, eggs and milk available. If you do not have the ability to cook, we also have KITCHEN FREE meal boxes to distribute. The pantry is open to EVERYONE in need of food.
SHARE Food Pantry – September 6, from 10am – 12pm (noon) at Federated Church, 1031 Thompson Way in Placerville.
Washoe Basics has also put together this map of food pantries in the area. Days/hours are listed in the notes. Many are only once per month NNFB Mobile Harvest locations. Some are NNFB Kids Cafe locations which are hot meals just for kids (included in the Restrictions info field).
The American Red Cross is managing select evacuation sites. Questions from the public regarding Reno-Sparks Convention Center and Carson City evacuation sites, donations or volunteering can be directed to the Red Cross at 1-800-RED CROSS or 855-755-7711. The process for volunteering is not a little bit longer in terms of the application process, background check, and timeline.
A much more streamlined process to get signed up as a volunteer. They have a variety of volunteer opportunities from dog walking, to cat cuddling to animal photography available -all of which enhance the lives of thousands of pets and people every year.
They are looking for volunteers to help clean, paint, and prepare rooms at the Whistle Stop Inn to be able to house evacuees as soon as possible. Email email@example.com if interested.
Donations vary. Red Cross shelters are accepting donations on a per-location basis.
You can call the Red Cross number to see if they will be helpful, but we have found that the only way to be able to get a list of donations needed is to go directly to the evacuation site to ask.
Some donations we have seen listed include:
Individual size snacks
Red Cross will accept bottled water, pre-packaged snack-type foods, plates, silverware, and napkins. With COVID, everything has to be brand new and they have all the blankets and personal items taken care of for that reason.
Location: 1251 Waterloo Lane Gardnerville, NV 89410
Food donations are being accepted M, T, W, F from 9am – 4pm. If you prefer to make a monetary donation, you can do so on their website. They have broken down their needs into phases. We will be in phase 1 for a while.
The Dream Center is assisting evacuees and is taking donations of water, wet and dry pet foods, snacks, blankets and toiletries (see the link above for an updated list of items they are looking for). Items can be dropped off all week between 10 – 2 pm.
The Caldor Fire Relief Fund (TAHOE AREA) was set up on August 29, 2021 in response to the Caldor wildfire that caused evacuation orders in the Tahoe Basin as it moved west. This fund was created to help with immediate relief needs for EDC community members who live in the Tahoe area directly impacted by the fire. Please apply to this fund ONLY if you are in dire need of assistance!
Location: 1111 South Roop St. Carson City, NV
Residents of the City of South Lake Tahoe can pick up their mail at the Post Office in Carson City. Please note there may be a lag time to receive mail that had already been delivered to a post office in South Lake Tahoe.
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