My name is Steve Murray. On the morning of November 8, 2018, while I was working my job as the maintenance manager of the Apple Tree Mobile Home Park, I watched with horror as I saw what became known as the Camp Fire begin to engulf the park.
Many of the park’s residents were senior citizens. I knew I had to move fast to make sure that our residents evacuated their homes and left the area. The rapid pace of the fire and the limited mobility of the residents made the job difficult—and critical.
Luckily, I was able to help 60 residents safely escape the fire. Unfortunately, the mobile park and the towns of Paradise, Magalia and Concow were not as lucky. All three were destroyed by the Camp Fire. You’ve likely seen haunting photos of the fire’s aftermath in news articles and on social media. The fire took 17 days to be fully contained. The destruction the Camp Fire caused to Butte County, California—most notably Paradise, Magalia and Concow — cannot be understated:
- $16.5 billion in damage (of which only $12.5 billion was insured)
- Over 153,000 acres were burned
- 18,804 buildings were destroyed
- 86 people died
- 17 people were injured
- 3 people are still missing
The Fire is the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history. It is the sixth-deadliest U.S. wildfire of all time, and the deadliest since the Cloquet fire in 1918. It was also the world’s costliest natural disaster in 2018. The amount of destruction caused by the Camp Fire is the kind rarely seen in modern history.
As a Butte County resident for over 31 years, I am helping to rebuild Paradise, Magalia and Concow. If you are a victim of the Camp Fire and need assistance please fill out the Camp Fire Assistance Form by clicking here.
But I can’t do it alone, we need your help.
Since the fire, I’ve dedicated my entire life to helping residents of these communities rebuild their lives. With my own money and generous contributions from donors, I’ve provided these residents with temporary and permanent housing, food, supplies, fuel, and other necessities that they need.
But we still need more. Of everything.
We need more necessities. And we need more funds to buy these necessities and provide these services.
That is why I am asking you to make a tax-deductible donation to the National Victim Support Network to support my team’s efforts. The NVSN is a nonprofit corporation that is assisting me in helping to rebuild Paradise, Magalia and Concow.
The people affected by the Camp Fire are of all ages, and from all walks of life. They are someone’s grandparent, someone’s parent, someone’s sibling, and someone’s child.
Your tax-deductible donation can help us rebuild Paradise, Magalia and Concow and make life normal again for the victims of the Camp Fire. Help us help them by donating today. To donate simply click on the Camp Fire Support Donation Form link below.