CZU August Lightning Complex Fire:

What We're Doing

Since August 16, a large group of wildfires caused by lightning strikes has been burning in the mountains in San Mateo and north Santa Cruz Counties. This is officially known by Cal Fire as the CZU August Lightning Complex Fire. It has burned over 86,000 acres and destroyed over 900 structures throughout Bonny Doon, Big Basin, Boulder Creek, Ben Lomond, Brookdale, and Felton.


As wildfire evacuees return to their areas, they are faced with cleanup, repairs, and in some cases, burned down homes. ReGeneration Church is continuing to provide aid through financial support, supplies, and helpers.

If you would like to help in the relief effort, there are 3 main ways to get involved:

1.  Samaritan's Purse Disaster Relief

Samaritan's Purse's goal is to help people sift through debris to retrieve personal belongings. Tools will be provided. Volunteers should dress in long pants and bring work gloves, safety glasses, and sturdy boots. Orientation takes place Monday-Saturday, 7:30am & 12:30pm at Felton Bible Church. Call (831) 588-2532 or visit https://www.spvolunteer.org/project-response/311 for more info.

2.  Providing Meals

You can also prepare or purchase meals, and/or deliver them to workers. Contact Reeve Lively for opportunities.

3.  DONATE

Valley Churches United has been a key organization in providing financial aid to wildfire victims in the area. They are a grassroots organization serving the needs of low-income residents in the San Lorenzo Valley and Scotts Valley. Visit their website here. You can also continue to donate to our church's wildfire relief fund on our website.

Recovery Resource Center Now Open

The Santa Cruz County Emergency Operations Center announces the opening of a joint federal, state and local Recovery Resource Center (RRC) to help residents impacted by the CZU Lighting Complex fire connect with the resources needed to recover and rebuild.


Located at Kaiser Permanente Arena, representatives from numerous agencies will be on hand to answer questions about disaster assistance programs and other support to help families. FEMA, CalOES, and numerous federal, state and local agencies and nonprofits will be located at the RRC.

Residents can register with FEMA for federal disaster assistance at the center. They can also access information about the rebuilding process, debris removal, utilities, insurance, community and social services, getting new documents that may have burned in the fire,and other resources.

It is not necessary to visit a center to register for and receive federal disaster assistance. Help is available online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362. Numerous services will also be made available online through a community recovery page, which will be available at www.santacruzcounty.us.

Disaster survivors who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585 to register. Those who use 711 or VRS (Video Relay Service) or require accommodations while visiting a center may call 800-621-3362. The Recovery Resource Center is ADA-accessible. Thank you to the Santa Cruz Warriors and staff at Kaiser Permanente Arena for their assistance.

Free two-hour parking will be made available by the city of Santa Cruz on parts of Laurel Street Extension, Front Street and Spruce Street adjacent to the arena. Social distancing required.