Ministering to Families Devastated by California’s Dixie Fire

September 16, 2021 • United States

Samaritan’s Purse teams are helping hurting homeowners sift through ashes to recover cherished belongings, but more volunteers are urgently needed.

U.S. Disaster Relief

Northern California’s monstrous Dixie Fire ignited July 13 in a dense forest in Plumas County. Over the past two months, the conflagration has scorched nearly 1 million acres and destroyed over 1,300 structures. It’s the second largest blaze in California history and the first ever in the state to burn from one side of the Sierra Nevada to the other. And it’s still burning.

The wildfire incinerated most of the Gold Rush-era town of Greenville and torched over 100 nearby houses. Hundreds of other area homes also fell victim to Dixie’s flames as the fire raced through the drought-stricken region. Devastated homeowners returned to their properties only to discover mounds of ash, rubble, and twisted metal.

Please pray for the hurting families in California. Pray for God to use our volunteer teams to demonstrate His love and grace.

Please pray for the hurting families in California. Pray for God to use our volunteer teams to demonstrate His love and grace.

A Samaritan’s Purse Disaster Relief Unit from Fullerton, California, responded on Aug. 13 to a wildfire in Colfax and our staff and volunteers helped families there salvage personal belongings from their gutted homes. Our team is now based in Lake Almanor serving the Greenville area. Volunteer teams are sifting ashes and searching through debris to help residents recover items that are precious to them.

But more help is urgently needed. Many families are just now returning and we expect an increase in work requests.

Please prayerfully consider volunteering with us to serve as the hands and feet of Jesus for struggling homeowners as they recover. We want to let them know that God has not forgotten them. Our host church is Lake Almanor Community Church at 2610 Plumas County A13.

For more information on how you can volunteer, visit

Please pray for residents in Northern California who have lost most everything in the wildfires and that the blazes would soon be extinguished. Also pray for our staff and volunteers as we minister in Jesus’ Name to those who are hurting.

U.S. Disaster Relief Samaritan's Purse mobilizes and equips thousands of disaster relief volunteers to provide emergency aid to U.S. victims of wildfires, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, and other natural disasters. In the aftermath of major storms, we often stay behind to rebuild houses for people with nowhere else to turn for help.

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