Samaritan’s Purse Responding to Camp Fire in Northern California

Chico, Calif., Nov. 15, 2018

NC-Based Organization Standing By with Tools, Relief Supplies in Butte County

Samaritan's Purse is on the ground in Northern California preparing to aid families impacted by the Camp Fire. Already the most deadly and destructive wildfire in state history, it continues to scorch Butte County. The North Carolina-based organization has prepositioned disaster response specialists and a tractor-trailer stocked with relief supplies, alongside Billy Graham Evangelistic Association chaplains. The crisis-trained Rapid Response Team chaplains are currently offering spiritual and emotional care to people impacted by the fire. Samaritan's Purse teams are standing by and ready to begin relief and recovery efforts as soon as authorities permit them to enter the communities that have been ravaged by the fire.

“My heart breaks for families who have lost homes and loved ones in the California wildfires,” said Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan's Purse. “We want to come alongside them in the midst of this tragedy and remind them that God still loves them. Please pray for the first responders and all of the families who have been impacted.”

Samaritan's Purse will mobilize volunteers from across the country to sift through the ashes of destroyed homes—searching for jewelry, coins or other keepsakes that may have survived the flames. Regardless of monetary value, discovered items often become invaluable to families who have lost everything.

This response comes less than three months after Samaritan’s Purse helped more than 200 families recover from the Carr Fire in Redding, California.

Interview Opportunities

  • Lorenzo Torres, program manager of U.S. Disaster Relief for Samaritan's Purse, on the ground in Chico, California
  • Luther Harrison, vice president of North American Ministries for Samaritan's Purse

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Based in Boone, North Carolina, Samaritan's Purse responds to the physical and spiritual needs of individuals in crisis situations—especially in locations where few others are working. Led by President and CEO Franklin Graham, Samaritan’s Purse works in more than 100 countries to provide aid to victims of war, disease, disaster, poverty, famine and persecution. For more information, visit