By Andre Barajas / Staff Writer

President Oakley is asking the LBCC community to consider helping families impacted by the Boles and King brush fires in Northern California. The King Fire in El Dorado has claimed 12 injuries, destroyed 12 single residences and 68 other minor structures, as reported by the Cal.gov Fire website.

Fire crews continue to remove hazardous trees, chip brush and road debris to make roads safer for public travel. A team of specialists continue to work on emergency stabilization measures. Burned area emergency response is a rapid assessment of burned watersheds to identify imminent post-wildfire threats to human life and safety, according to the website. The Boles Fire in Siskiyou has destroyed 150 residential and eight commercial properties and caused one injury.
Communities, including Siskiyou College students and employees have lost a lot in the fires. Firefighters will continue overhauling work within the fire perimeter. Excess resources are being released and made available for other incidents as necessary.

Some organizations are taking donations that will help the communities impacted by the two fires. The American Red Cross is accepting donations at redcross.org that will help the communities. The Community Disaster Relief Fund established by the Shasta Regional Community Foundation is accepting donations at shastaarcf.org.

The Sacramento Region Community Foundation is accepting checks mailed to the SRCF/King Fire Fund, 955 University Ave., Suite A, Sacramento, CA 95825. In a letter to the LBCC community, Oakley expressed his gratitude to the people contributing to the cause and encouraged others to support their efforts. For more information people may contact the LBCC Office of Community Relations and Marketing at (562) 938-4353.