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July 2022 – Oak Fire

On Jul 22, 2022, a fast-moving, unpredictable wildfire started near Yosemite National Park. As of July 27, the fire has burned dozens of homes, threatened 1,400 structures, forced evacuation of 3,000 people, and destroyed nearly 19,000 acres.

Although the pace of the fire has slowed, it still threatens areas to the north and east, including an area known as Mariposa Pines, which has been surrounded by fire on three sides. More than 3,000 personnel are tackling the fire, deploying air and land efforts including two dozen helicopters, 286 fire engines, 68 water tenders and 94 bulldozers, according to Cal Fire.The Oak Fire is the largest of California’s fire season so far, but it remains relatively small compared to other California wildfires in recent years.

CERF+ shares your concern for those impacted by the fire and we need your help.

If you know craft artists who suffer significant losses as a result of the fire, please help us spread the word that they can apply for CERF+’s Emergency Relief grant program. Questions? Please contact [email protected]

Disaster Recovery Resources for Artists

In addition to our Emergency Relief grant, CERF+’s Studio Protector also has resources to support artists as they begin to assess and re-enter their damaged studios, including:

The national Disaster Distress Helpline (DDH) provides confidential, multilingual crisis counseling and support for anyone in the U.S./territories experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters, including COVID-19. Call or text 1-800-985-5990 to reach a trained counselor 24/7/365.

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation today. Your support directly helps artists through their most difficult times.

Please be safe, and let us know if we can do anything to help.