Camp Fire Information

Assistance Impact

As the first flames of the Camp Fire began burning their way through communities east of Chico last November, it soon became clear how many of our students and employees would be severely affected—and that their needs would be immediate and great. Nearly 1,000 students and employees were displaced during the fire, with more than 310 ultimately losing their homes, and so many others hosting displaced friends and family members.

We quickly established the Wildcats Rise Fire Recovery Fund to provide short-term funds to assist before government or insurance payments arrived—money for gas, groceries, and other basic needs—and made our first disbursements just 11 days after the fire broke out.

The campus offered a number of ways to provide immediate funds to the students, faculty, and staff who were impacted by the Camp Fire.

  • Applications for Wildcats Rise Fire Recovery Fund grants and loan closed December 15.
  • Short-term loans and grants are still available for students through the Chico State Basic Needs Project.

Wildcats Rise Fire Recovery Fund Impact

We have been humbled by all who come together in this moment of crisis in support of our North State communities. The recovery from the devastating Camp Fire remains ongoing, as does the University’s steadfast support. The heartbeat of this institution is our community and our people who come together in a moment of crisis in support of each other. Providing the financial means to begin the rebuilding process for our students, faculty and staff is the greatest investment we could make. Thank you all for your continued support.

UPDATE: As of February 12, 2019, the fund has raised more than $694,000 and aided 534 students, faculty, and staff.

View of the text of the Wildcats Rise Fire Recovery Fund infographic.

Infographic shows amount raised and people helped by the Wildcats Rise campaign