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

Posted at 3:28 PM, Dec 08, 2017

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 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The location initially requested assistance and donations when the fire first broke out. The Fairgrounds' Facebook page posted Friday that there were enough volunteers and supplies.

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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 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.