The devastating fires that raged through eight counties in Northern California, including Napa, Sonoma, Butte, Mendocino, and Lake, yesterday have destroyed more than 1,500 structures and taken several lives. A wildfire in Southern California also destroyed numerous homes. Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency just a few hours after the fires began.

Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have been affected, especially those in the REALTOR® family.

C.A.R. stands ready to assist REALTORS® who have been impacted by these wildfires through its Disaster Relief Fund, and REALTOR® family members can apply for grants from the fund. The Association established the fund in the wake of the 2003 California wildfires. Grants provided by the fund are used to help members of the REALTOR® family — REALTORS®, their staff, and Association members and their staff — who have incurred substantial losses due to wildfires and other disasters by distributing grants of $1,000 to $10,000. If you are a REALTOR® who has been impacted by the wildfires, you may make an application to request a grant from the C.A.R. Disaster Relief Fund by calling Sharlena Bernard at (213) 739-8297 or email

Any C.A.R. member wishing to help those in our REALTOR® family who have been harmed by the fires in California may click the Donate Now link below or make a contribution directly to California Community Foundation at 221 S. Figueroa St., Ste. 400, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Please make checks payable to the California Community Foundation and write “C.A.R. Disaster Relief Fund” on the Memo line.  

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