At the California School Boards Association, our hearts go out to all those who have been affected by the wave of major wildfires sweeping through California, which now rank among the largest by acreage in our state’s history. This year’s onslaught is only the most recent in a long list of catastrophic fires that have destroyed homes, forced widespread evacuations, damaged utilities, injured residents and caused tragic loss of life throughout the state over the last few years.
The compounding toll of these fires is staggering, and should serve as a clarion call rallying all Californians to the side of their neighbors in need — especially as we face the reality that the 2020 fire season is not over, and the entire state remains at risk.
CSBA is committed to supporting communities that have suffered damage from wildfires – in particular, the state's public school students and those who work to serve and support them — and to helping our members navigate the impacts of these fires. From recent experience, we know all too well that the effects of wildfires are felt long after the fires themselves have extinguished — impacts that are further exacerbated by the fight against the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
To that end, CSBA has set up a 2020 Fire Relief Fund for the purpose of generating ongoing support (via the American Red Cross) for those who have been directly impacted by wildfires. Please consider making a donation today, and please spread the word to your friends, family, co-workers, etc.