How to help during the Lilac Fire in North San Diego County

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - San Diego County residents stepped up to help neighbors in need during the Lilac Fire emergency by providing shelter and care for pets and large animals.

If you're wondering how to help, there are several options.


American Red Cross officials say monetary donations are being accepted to help those in need. Donations can be made online at, by phone at (800) 733-2777, or texting REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10. Red Cross officials say they are not taking physical items at the shelters.

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Emily Ox of the Red Cross said if any particular items are needed, they'll provide an update, "but right now financial donations are the best and fastest way to help."


Horses, cows, goats, dogs, cats and even some chickens are taking refuge in Del Mar. The Fairgrounds tweeted Sunday that it still needed eye hooks, bell boots, racing bits, ice boots, stud chains, pillow wraps, and standing wraps. The group also requested breakfast and lunch food that can be individually wrapped for about 80 people per day. Anyone who can help is asked to call 858-755-1161 ext. 5245.

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Monetary donations supporting Del Mar Fairgrounds' animal evacuation efforts can be made on GoFundMe or by mail to "Friends of the San Diego County Fairgrounds": 

Del Mar Fairgrounds
2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd.
Del Mar, CA 92014

Write "Fire Evacuation" in the memo line to donate directly to evacuation efforts.


San Diego’s 211 information hotline needs volunteers to staff the phones. You’ll be answering calls and providing information about emergencies. The 211 system issued a plea for help Sunday for anyone who could help work overnight Sunday into Monday. 

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program trains San Diego volunteers for emergency. CERT is a course is designed to help you protect yourself, your family, your neighbors, and your neighborhood in an emergency situation.

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