Wildfires in California Once Again Impacting Credit Unions

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The numerous wildfires now raging are impacting credit unions throughout Northern California.

The numerous wildfires now raging in the state are impacting credit unions throughout Northern California.

More than 770,000 acres have burned in Northern and Central California so far. The LNU Lightning Complex Fire has burned more than 219,000 acres so far and resulted in mandatory evacuations in Napa, Sonoma, Lake, and Solano counties. The SCU Lightning Complex Fire, a more-than-229,000-acre fire, has led to mandatory evacuations in the counties of Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, and Stanislaus. The CZU Lightning Complex fires is burning in the mountains of San Mateo and Santa Cruz Counties, while the River Fire is affecting Monterey County. Other fires have meant evacuations for some in Nevada, Sierra, Butte, Plumas, and Lassen counties.

Staff members from some credit unions have been evacuated. Since the mountain communities above Santa Cruz are under mandatory orders, some of Santa Cruz Community CU staff have been evacuated. Several credit unions have closed branches due, in part, to the hazardous air quality in those areas. Travis CU has temporarily closed five Fairfield- and Vacaville-area branches due to power outages. As always, credit unions are already actively working to assist affected members.

The League is reaching out and collecting information on how the latest round of wildfires are affecting credit unions to post on the League’s Disaster Relief pagePlease let us know if your credit union, staff, or members have been impacted or if you have started programs or services to assist members by contacting Media Relations Specialist Tina Ramos-Ingold at tinar@ccul.org.

Credit union staff and volunteers that have been affected by the fires (including evacuation, power outages, or food spoilage) can apply for a Disaster Relief Grant.  For more information, go to the Disaster Relief page or click here.  

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