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Nonprofits assist with wildfire response, and you can too 

click to enlarge 2018's 416 Fire north of Durango. - JERRY MCBRIDE / DURANGO HERALD
  • Jerry McBride / Durango Herald
  • 2018's 416 Fire north of Durango.

Nonprofits are stepping up to assist the hundreds of people displaced by wildfires raging across the state. Through its Wildland Fire Fund, El Pomar Foundation provided $10,000 to Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado and $10,000 to the American Red Cross of Southeastern Colorado, the foundation announced in a July 3 release.

Care and Share has announced a fund drive specifically for fire relief; it asks for financial donations only in order to "remain flexible and nimble to the needs in each of the communities affected." You can donate at careandshare.org/disaster.

The Red Cross has more than 200 disaster responders from several states supporting evacuees and firefighters on the ground, according to the organization's website. Alpine Bank, headquartered in Glenwood Springs, has pledged to match donations to the Red Cross for a maximum gift of $250,000. Visit rdcrss.org/2KWJ64Q to contribute.

The Colorado State Forest Service also encourages those seeking to help to donate to the Restoring Colorado's Forests Fund. Each $2 donation will pay for one seedling to be grown and planted in a fire-devastated community, in order to help "stabilize soils, protect water supplies and restore the landscape." Visit bit.ly/firereforest to donate.

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