Valley residents gathering donations for Paradise victims |

Valley residents gathering donations for Paradise victims

A horrific 105,000-acre fire that has essentially destroyed a Northern California town has prompted a Gardnerville restaurant to gather supplies for the residents of Paradise.

As of Saturday night, Cal Fire was reporting 23 civilians dead and 6,713 homes and businesses destroyed in the fire that started 6:30 a.m. Thursday

Containment was at 20 percent in the fire than burned through the town wit full containment not expected until the end of the month.

Aid from Douglas is being gathered at the Carson Valley Country Club after 4 p.m. Sunday for transport on Monday.

Among the items sought are blankets, sleeping bags and pillows; pet food and carriers; coats, sweaters, sweatshirts.

As a thank-you to donors, the bar is offering a free drink to those so inclined.

Residents of Aspen Mobile Home Park have gathered clothing and sleeping bags for victims of the Paradise Fire.
” I am very proud of all my friends and neighbors that live here to think of these fire victims in their time of need and gather clothing, etc. for them,” Marie Rau said.

Butte County officials issued a list of items residents could use in their hour of need.

They include:

Monetary Donations:

  • Donations can be made through the North Valley Community Foundation at:
  • The Butte County Office of Education created the Schools Fire Relief Fund to provide a one-stop location where individuals or organizations could provide support directly to schools in Butte County. Donors can either specify a specific district or use (textbooks, clothes, etc.) for the funds or make an open donation. That fund is available at:

Supplies: Donated items should be dropped off at the Oroville Municipal Auditorium (1200 Myers Street, Oroville). Needed items include:

  • Visa giftcards
  • Warm clothes
  • Shoes (sizes 10-11 for men, and 8-9 for women, preferably new)
  • Paper products (toilet paper, forks, spoons, paper plates, paper towlels)
  • Women’s undergarments

To facilitate the donations being provided in a timely manner, this location is asking for new clothes only.



Topaz Ranch Estates residents have seen smoke from the fire, but it has remained clear of the Carson Valley, so far.

Air quality levels did dip in the Valley early Sunday morning, but that is more likely due to cold temperatures driving residents to burn stoves.

East winds today should keep smoke on the west side of the Sierra.

The Record-Courier will be reporting on the relief effort out of Carson Valley this week. Anyone with information is urged to email