2017 California Wildfires

In late 2017, California faced catastrophic firestorms that caused widespread and tragic destruction across the entire state.

On October 9, 2017, firefighters began battling multiple devastating wildfires across the Napa and Sonoma region. Unfortunately, the tragic North Bay Fires have become the deadliest fire incident in state history. During the peak of the fire storm, 21 major wildfires ripped through the North Bay region, burning over 245,000 acres, destroyed nearly 9,000 structures, and tragically took the lives of 43 people. Approximately 11,000 firefighters responded to the incident.

On December 4, 2017, firefighters began battling multiple devastating wildfires across the Ventura, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and San Diego region. The Thomas Fire in Ventura County quickly grew to be the largest fire in California history.

More than 8,000 firefighters fought on the front lines battling the Thomas Fire and half a dozen other major blazes in a devastating December firestorm and over 1,000 structures were lost. Two lives were lost, including CAL Fire Apparatus Engineer Cory Iverson.

While the fires have been put out, the impact of these disasters will be felt for years to come as thousands of California residents rebuild their lives.



Many firefighters in both Northern and Southern California lost their homes in these devastating firestorms. Many of those who have lost homes were out on the lines doing their duty. Other have lost family members.

Local California Professional Firefighters (CPF) affiliates came together and formed an official fundraising site to aid those firefighters whose lives have been uprooted by the disaster in the North Bay Firestorm. Proceeds from the Bay Area Firefighters and Families Fund will be equally allocated between all affected firefighters in Northern California. 100% of the funds go to our firefighters.

You can also donate to International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Disaster Relief Fund, which provided immediate financial assistance to firefighters and their families who were impacted by the disasters. Additionally, the California Fire Foundation’s Supplying Aid to Victims of Emergency (SAVE) program aided firefighters throughout California with a $100 gift card if their home was destroyed/lost.  Read more about this program below.


As part of the California Fire Foundation’s mission to provide victim assistance, it’s Supplying Aid to Victims of Emergency (SAVE) program provides emergency short-term financial assistance to fire and natural disaster victims in California year-round, including both firefighters and civilians.

Thanks to the generous contributions received, the California Fire Foundation mobilized direct assistance to those who’ve suffered catastrophic losses in the Southern California fires and the North Bay Firestorm. Through SAVE, CPF local affiliates and their fire departments were on site in Sonoma, Napa, Los Angeles, San Diego and Ventura Counties with thousands of SAVE gift cards to aid anyone who has lost or incurred significant damage to their place of residence. The $100 SAVE cards provide those suffering substantial property loss with some immediate on-site assistance. Click HERE to support the program for continued relief year-round statewide, or for additional information.