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Resources for Caldor Fire Evacuees + How You Can Help

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.

Fire Updates:

Evacuation Orders:

School District Updates:

Road Closures:

Wildfire Updates:

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.

Be Prepared

If you need disaster assistance during an evacuation, call the Red Cross at 1-800-733-2767.

checklist for wildfire emergency


  • 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 – 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
  • LifePoint Church Minden – opened their back lot to RV camping. Restrooms are available.

Nevada Pet Evacuation Centers

If you have a pet that has been left behind call: 530-621-5795 they will go and EVACUATE YOUR PETS and transport them to an Animal Shelter in Carson.

  • Douglas County Animal Services (small animal) 921 Dump Road, Gardnerville (775) 782-9061
  • East to West Coast Grooming, 1368 Hwy 395, Unit B1, Gardnerville (775) 450-1743
  • Douglas County Animal Services (livestock), 920 Dump Road, Gardnerville (775) 782-9061
  • Dayton Rodeo Event Center (capacity 150 RVs for dry camping and a limited number of large animals) – 500 Schaad Ln, Dayton
  • Lyon County Fairgrounds (capacity 200 RVs for dry camping and large animals) – 100 US Highway 95A East, Yerington
  • A Plus Animal Hospital – 7450 Longley Lane, Reno, 775-852-4300

California Pet Evacuation Centers

  • El Dorado County Animal Services (small animals, 6435 Capitol Ave., Diamond Springs, CA. For animal evacuation questions or assistance call (530) 621-5795.
  • South County Large Animal Rescue (SCLAR), Amador County Fairgrounds (large and farm animals). El Dorado County residents only. 18621 Sherwood Street, Plymouth, CA
  • Amador County Animal Response Team- ACART, Amador County Fairgrounds (large and small animals). 18621 Sherwood Street, Plymouth, CA. For Amador County residents only. (209) 257-9444


  • FULL – Saureel Vineyards (large animals), 1140 Cold Springs Road, Placerville, CA (530) 621-5795


The hotels below may be offering a waived resort fee or discount per night on rooms. Call below to confirm availability and discounts.

  • Granlibakken: 530-583-4242
  • Grand Sierra Resort: (888) 501-2651 (offering 20% off + waive resort fee)
  • Boomtown Casino Hotel: (866) 553-8360 (offering 50% off)
  • Courtyard by Marriott Reno Downtown/Riverfront: 775-325-0400 (ask for Evacuee Discount)
  • Reno Suites: 775-785-1111
  • Atlantis Casino Resort Spa: 800-723-6500
  • Tahoe Biltmore Lodge and Casino: 775-833-6731
  • Silver Legacy Casino Resort: (800) 687-8733
  • Circus Circus Reno: (800) 648-5010
  • Eldorado Resort Casino: (800) 879-8879
  • The Gold Dust West in Carson City: 775-885-9000
  • Courtyard by Marriott Reno Downtown/Riverfront Lodging 775-325-0400 (ask for Evacuee Discount)
  • The Best Western Topaz Lake: 775-266-2661

Pet-Friendly Hotels

  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites (pet-friendly): 775-229-7070
  • Aloft Hotels Reno (pet-friendly): (775) 501-6330
  • Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe (pet-friendly): 775-832-1234 (ask for Lake Tahoe Discount)
  • The Jesse (pet-friendly): 775-219-0220
  • The Best Western Topaz Lake (limited pet-friendly rooms): 775-266-2661

For the Kiddos

We’ve listed some programs being offered below for evacuees. You can also have family fun at any of these indoor activities offered year-round.

Enroll them in School

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 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.

Free Day Camp at The Discovery

If you’d like to volunteer your time at the camp, apply here.

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.

Daisy’s Childcare Services

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).

Sept. 4 – Carson Lanes Family Fun Center

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.

  • Great Full Gardens – offering 50% off meals for Caldor Fire and Dixie Fire evacuees
  • Rice Box Kitchen – offering complimentary meal and drink to evacuees
  • FISH – offering lunch and dinner to all evacuees daily from 11:30am-5pm
  • Fuentes Restaurant & Cantina – offering complimentary food for evacuees, check their Facebook to see current offerings (ID required)
  • The Grill Next Door –  offering free burger & fries (ID required)
  • Coffee n’ Comics – offering free coffee and space with couches, a large patio, water bowls for the animals, and lots of parking around if you need to meet up/regroup
  • Dayton Senior Center – offering meals to all seniors daily
  • LifePoint Church Minden – serving 3 meals + treats daily for evacuees
  • 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).

Additional Services Offered for Evacuees

Fresh & Clean Laundromat

Location: 1302 Langley Dr. Suite 6 Gardnerville, NV 89460

For a week they will be providing one free 20lb washing and drying to those affected by the evacuations from 8am-2pm and will resume from 3pm-5pm. ID Required.

F.I.S.H in Carson City

Location: 138 E Long St Carson City, NV 89706

Offering food, showers, clothing, laundry, etc. to those who have been evacuated.

Sierra Academy of Style

Location: 1851 S. Roop Street Unit 100, Carson City, NV

Offering free hair wash to any evacuee. Feel free to walk in (’til 4:15), no appointment needed. ID Required.

How You Can Help

Monetary Donations

You can make monetary donations to these funds.


American Red Cross

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.

Washoe County Emergency Management

Washoe County Emergency Management (WCEM) is a regional program. We plan, prepare, mitigate, respond, and recover together as a whole community.

Nevada Humane Society 

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.

F.I.S.H in Carson City

Location: 138 E Long St Carson City, NV 89706

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 if interested.

Tangible Donations

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:

  • Bottled water
  • Sleeping bags
  • Bath towels
  • 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.

Nevada Humane Society

Nevada Humane Society and CERT are managing the livestock and domestic animal intake at Fuji, including feeding and watering.

For questions related to animals at a Carson City or Reno evacuation site, donations or further assistance, call 775-887-2171.

  • Small bags of cat food
  • Small bags of dog food
  • Cat carriers
  • Medium and large crates, crates, and more crates
  • Pet food bowls
  • Cat litter
  • Disposable cat litter trays

Douglas County Fairgrounds has specifically asked for the following to keep dogs busy and help them with anxiety (thank you Ruthanne for sharing):

food closet

Other Donation Collections

Here are local businesses and non-profits organizing donations for #CaldorFire and #DixieFire evacuees.

Carson Valley Food Closet

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.

Northern Nevada Dream Center

Location: 3579 Hwy 50 East #211

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.

Project Bear Hugs

They are taking donations for those displaced, so check their website for updates as they have yet to announce donations needs, drop-off locations, etc.

Additional Information for Caldor Fire Evacuees

Caldor Fire Relief Fund

Apply Here: TAHOE Area Caldor Fire Relief Fund Application

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!

Mail Pickup

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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