As the punishing Blue Cut Fire scorched dozens of acres in San Bernardino County Wednesday, organizations were offering assistance to victims and evacuees affected by the disastrous blaze.
Airbnb activated a tool used in local disasters through its website enabling residents who have been displaced to connect with hosts who have immediate accommodations free of charge.
For residents among the estimated 82,000 forced to evacuate, Airbnb was waiving fees through Aug. 30.
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"This concept began organically back in 2012 in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, and has since grown into a global disaster response initiative that makes it easy for Airbnb hosts to provide space for people in need when disasters like this strike. We also have our disaster tool currently activated for the victims of the Louisiana floods as well," an Airbnb spokesperson said in a statement.
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A High Desert Church was also providing assistance to evacuees, asking for donations like moving boxes, toys for children, snacks and more.
The High Desert Church located at 14545 Hook Blvd. in Victorville turned the gym into a donation center Wednesday morning. Donations would be accepted from 8 a.m. to noon on Thursday as well.
While the church said they were overwhelmed with clothing donations and did not need any more, workers requested moving boxes, wipes and toiletries, and prepackaged snack foods.
AAA also reminded members whose homes and cars were damaged in the blaze could contact 1-800-67-CLAIM (1-800-672-5246) for assistance.
In addition to the community banding together in the High Desert area, residents were asking to help Scott and Michelle Keeney after the Blue Cut Fire consumed the historic Summit Inn restaurant. Michelle had been manager for years. The fire also burned down their home. Their GoFundMe site can be found here.