News publications and other organizations are encouraged to reuse Direct Relief-published content for free under a Creative Commons License (Attribution-Non-Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 International), given the republisher complies with the requirements identified below.

When republishing:

  • Include a byline with the reporter’s name and Direct Relief in the following format: "Author Name, Direct Relief." If attribution in that format is not possible, include the following language at the top of the story: "This story was originally published by Direct Relief."
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  • With Direct Relief's permission, news publications can make changes such as localizing the content for a particular area, using a different headline, or shortening story text. To confirm edits are acceptable, please check with Direct Relief by clicking this link.
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Republishing Images:

Unless stated otherwise, images shot by Direct Relief may be republished for non-commercial purposes with proper attribution, given the republisher complies with the requirements identified below.

  • Maintain correct caption information.
  • Credit the photographer and Direct Relief in the caption. For example: "First and Last Name / Direct Relief."
  • Do not digitally alter images.

Direct Relief often contracts with freelance photographers who usually, but not always, allow their work to be published by Direct Relief’s media partners. Contact Direct Relief for permission to use images in which Direct Relief is not credited in the caption by clicking here.

Other Requirements:

  • Do not state or imply that donations to any third-party organization support Direct Relief's work.
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  • Advance permission is required to translate Direct Relief's stories into a language different from the original language of publication. To inquire, contact us here.
  • If Direct Relief requests a change to or removal of republished Direct Relief content from a site or on-air, the republisher must comply.

For any additional questions about republishing Direct Relief content, please email the team here.

California Wildfires: Lake, Napa, and Sonoma Counties



Direct Relief Partner and Wildfire Map


With 61,000 acres already burned, 400 homes destroyed, and 23,000 people displaced, the Valley and Butte wildfires continue to blaze across Northern California’s Lake, Napa, and Sonoma Counties. Cal Fire has reported four injuries, and fire officials have expressed concern that dry weather and the wind will cause the fire will grow unpredictably and delay containment.

Beyond the direct risk to those in evacuation zones, wildfires can exacerbate chronic respiratory conditions such as asthma, emphysema, or bronchitis. Even otherwise healthy people can experience symptoms that include abnormal breathing, coughing, chest discomfort and shortness of breath.

Direct Relief’s Response

Direct Relief, as a member of California’s Business Utility Operations Center, is in contact with the Lake County Public Health Department, which is currently reviewing an offer of support. Additionally, Direct Relief has reached out to 11 community health facilities within a 30-mile radius of the fire perimeter.  and is prepared to respond quickly with medical aid according to requests.

N-95 particulate masks, which have a higher filtration than paper and surgical masks, are among the available items in Direct Relief’s inventory. Other fire-related inventory includes inhalers, nebulizers, first-aid supplies, personal care products and medications for eye medications.

Recent Wildfire Updates

California Wildfires Increase 43 Percent in 2015

According to CalFire, from January to August 2015, a total of 4201 fires have consumed roughly 100,000 acres statewide — equivalent to a land area more than three times the size of the city of San Francisco.

Responding to Wildfires Across California

In response to nearly a dozen wildfires burning across California, Direct Relief has offered assistance to health center partners located near the affected areas.

Update: California Wildfire Response

Friday afternoon, Direct Relief issued an emergency offer of assistance to 60 clinics and health centers in Tehama, Ventura, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Riverside Counties through its email and emergency text messaging system.

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