Siskiyou CU Asks for Help as Wildfires Blaze Across County

McKinney wildfire

With the McKinney Fire blazing near Yreka, CA and no full containment in sight, Siskiyou CU is asking fellow credit unions across California for assistance as its members and the community grapple with the continuing economic impact of this latest disaster.

“There is a great need for financial assistance from anyone who’s willing and able to donate to our community,” said Siskiyou CU CEO Becky Ives.

Those seeking to financially help can send funds to:

Siskiyou Credit Union / FBO McKinney Fire (FBO is “for benefit of”)
P.O. Box 1125
Yreka, CA 96097

Additionally, if you want to financially support the community, you can visit GoFundMe’s McKinney Fire Relief donation site or the American Red Cross’s donation site (which has been activated locally to help victims).

Ives said there will be long-term effects on Siskiyou County, businesses, and residents going forward, especially for those living along the Klamath River. Siskiyou CU staff are in contact with local civic leaders to find out what the community’s immediate needs are with respect to residential shelter, livestock shelter, emergency items, food, water, and anything else.

“Many have lost everything, including a local store, post office, and their community hall, which was the hub of their community,” she said.

As of this morning, McKinney Fire containment remained at only 10 percent. Fire crews were expecting to gain more ground today and going into the weekend, according to the Redding Record Searchlight.

Besides the McKinney Fire, three smaller fires are also impacting residents across the county — the Kelsey Creek Fire (southwest of the McKinney Fire), Yeti Fire (west of the McKinney Fire), and Alex Fire (west of the McKinney Fire).

“There is continued concern with what more may lie ahead for Siskiyou County,” Ives said.

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