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El Dorado Community Foundation helping fire-affected

Eric Jaramishian / Mountain Demorat

The El Dorado Community Foundation is stepping up once again to provide relief for fire victims and evacuees, this time for residents of the Divide.

The relief comes in the form of funds meant to aid residents under evacuation orders and who have been directly impacted by the Mosquito Fire.

Evacuees can apply to receive $300 for food, medication and other basic needs until Sept. 18.

Chris Ringnes, El Dorado Community Foundation communications coordinator, said about 200 people have applied for the funds since applications opened and that number will likely grow. The application is posted online at bit.ly/MosquitoFunds.

“So much of that is in influx,” Ringnes commented. “If the fire turns in the direction of Georgetown and they have to expand the evacuation, that would significantly increase the number of people we need to assist.”

The Mosquito Fire has forced 11,117 to evacuate, 5,216 of them from El Dorado County, including the Georgetown, Volcanoville and Quintette communities.

The Community Foundation has set up a donation fund for those who want to help folks affected by the Mosquito Fire. Contribute to the Mosquito Fire Relief Fund at bit.ly/MosquitoFireDonate.

The foundation encourages people to make donations to both the Mosquito Fire and General Fund to give staff the ability to continue dispersing funds for immediate and future needs.

“When you’re talking about somebody who has lost their home versus somebody that’s only been evacuated for a few days, the need is drastically different. I imagine that we will continue to assist the individuals who have lost their homes for a more ongoing period of time,” Ringnes told the Mountain Democrat. 

Last year the Community Foundation set up the Caldor Fire Relief Fund to help some 5,000 Caldor Fire evacuees. The organization is helping residents who lost their primary home in the blaze and will do so for the next three years, the Mountain Democrat previously reported.

The foundation’s plan, depending on the amount of donations people give, is to do the same for people who lost their home in the Mosquito Fire, according to Ringnes. 

“(People) are having to sleep in their cars and experiencing what it feels like to be homeless and it is tough,” said Ringnes, who had to evacuate from his home in Pollock Pines during the Caldor Fire. “We hear a lot of sad stories during these events. We’re glad to be able to be there and help but we wish it wasn’t necessary.” 

To be eligible for fire relief funds Mosquito Fire evacuees must have their primary residence inside the mandatory evacuation area. One request per residence is allowed.

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