FAIRFIELD — Sutter Health donated $100,000 on Thursday to the regional arm of the American Red Cross to help relief efforts related to the massive Rim Fire that’s raging in and around Yosemite National Park.
More than 4,900 firefighters are battling the blaze, which the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection reported was 32 percent contained as of Thursday night. A strike team from Solano County, along with some individual elements, are among those working the fire.
The Rim Fire started Aug. 17 and has blackened nearly 200,000 acres as of Thursday night, according to Cal Fire. It’s burned 11 homes, three commercial buildings and 97 outbuildings and has threatened 4,500 homes, six commercial buildings and 1,000 outbuildings.
The Sutter donation will help provide food, shelter and other resources, including mental health services, to those affected by the fire, according to a Sutter Health press release. The donation will also help support fire relief efforts in Red Bluff and El Dorado County.
The cause of the Rim Fire remained under investigation. It’s now the fifth-largest recorded wildfire California history.
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